THE 12-YEAR NAP
In some respects, Love embraces technology. Just as a 1995 interview found her sitting in a trashed hotel room and posting in AOL chat rooms, she now sits in trashed hotels and posts on Twitter. But she's not all the way up to speed: She twice calls down to the front desk for new stereos when she wants to play music and can't get any sound to emerge. (As it turns out, neither stereo is defective; Love just can't work the volume on her iPod.) But as funny as this anecdote sounds (and Love does offer profuse apologies to the hotel staff once she realizes the mistake) it drives home the point that part of Love is still very much in the '90s.
When "Celebrity Skin" was released, for instance, licensing was something dinosaur bands did-and Kurt Cobain, Love's late husband, was adamantly opposed to. Daniel says he hasn't spoken to Love about synch possibilities yet, nor does he know how she'll respond. "She's precious about certain things and laid-back about others," he says. "She is really into mobile music and on the cutting edge of pop culture, so we'll see." He adds that it would make perfect sense for Love to contribute a song to a "Twilight" series soundtrack, for example, in order to reach a younger fan base.
She's still living in the '90s when it comes to video budgets, too. Back at the Driskill, she says she has $100,000 to shoot her next clip and is researching models to play the "skinny little bitch." She debates whether to call Kate Moss and ask about a particular young Russian beauty named Sasha Pivovarova, then decides to call a friend who has connections in the fashion industry and leaves him a long message.
Then she turns to her guitarist, a sweet young Brit with a lisp named Micko Larkin, and inquires about the sound at the venue. "How are the vocals?" she asks. "I want my vocals to be louder than God."