11 Diss Tracks That Are Probably About Courtney Love

  1. Nine Inch Nails, “Starfuckers, Inc.” (1999)
    The song lambasts celebrity culture with thinly veiled jabs at Love, while the official video features an extremely unflattering Love-like figure. The anger perhaps stems from some mid-’90s incidents where Love publicly dissed Reznor or their rumored relationship. ither way, Reznor’s disdain for the shallow, insincere hangers-on that pop up once someone becomes famous gives “Starfuckers, Inc.” indelible bite.
  2. Tori Amos, “Professional Widow” (1996)
    The song—which alludes to heroin, fame, and a “starfucker / just like my daddy”—was heavily rumored to be about the Hole leader. Neither side seems eager to confirm or deny this fact, however. Love once said she’s “never figured it out” if she’s the titular “Professional Widow,” while in a 1996 interview, Amos said the song is “about my own experience. I’ve never met Courtney Love. It’s based on that part of myself that’s Lady Macbeth.”
  3. Stone Temple Pilots, “Too Cool Queenie” (2001)
    Weiland says in his autobiography that he wrote the song after running into Love in New York, while she was feuding with the surviving members of Nirvana. When the track was released, though, Weiland was coy about the subject of the song, even though it’s quite obvious what he’s getting at from lines like, “There was this boy / He played in a rock-n-roll band / And he wasn’t half-bad, / At saving the world / She said he could do no right / So he took his life / His story is true.”
  4. Tracy Bonham, “Kisses” (1996)
    Tracy Bonham has never directly confirmed the rumor that “Kisses,” from her debut The Burdens Of Being Upright, is inspired by Courtney Love’s attention-starved, self-destructive antics. But she certainly hasn’t refuted it, explaining that the song is about “someone who tries too hard to deteriorate in public for our enjoyment.” The description certainly fits Love, who at the time “Kisses” was released had recently come off Hole’s chaotic Live Through This tour.
  5. Foo Fighters, “I’ll Stick Around” (1995)
    Things weren’t quite so serene 20 years ago, when Dave Grohl released the first Foo Fighters record. The single “I’ll Stick Around” was widely believed to be about Grohl’s Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain, with the line, “How could it be I’m the only one who sees your rehearsed insanity” referencing Love. In 2009, Grohl admitted to Paul Brannigan that “I’ll Stick Around” is about Love: “I’ve denied it for 15 years, but I’m finally coming out and saying it."
  6. Foo Fighters, “Stacked Actors” (1999)
    There are plenty of other Foo Fighters songs rumored to be about Love, especially “Stacked Actors”—mainly because that’s what she told Howard Stern in 1999. Grohl was more coy about the inspiration for this song, telling NME in 1999, “I wrote ‘Stacked Actors’ about everything that is fake and everything that is plastic and glamorous and unreal, so if that pertains to anyone that comes to mind, then there you go.”
  7. The New Radicals, “You Get What You Give” (1998)
    There’s no quicker path to one-hit wonderdom than mentioning celebrity names in a negative context. Gregg Alexander’s New Radicals’ one and only hit “You Get What You Give,” for instance, included the immortal lines, “Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson / Courtney Love, and Marilyn Manson / You’re all fakes / Run to your mansions / Come around / We’ll kick your ass in.”
  8. Primus, “Coattails Of A Dead Man” (1999)
    t’s easy to see why some think Primus’ “Coattails Of A Dead Man” is about Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love’s relationship. The song is about a man who married someone self-centered and hungry for stardom (“He gave her love, she took his name”). Depressed and drinking too much due to discomfort with fame, he tries to reach out to her for comfort, then commits suicide after finding none. In the end, the mystery woman puts on a big show of grief when receiving attention.
  9. Smashing Pumpkins, "Where Boys Fear To Tread” (1995)
    Before she married Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love dated Billy Corgan in the early ’90s—a relationship that’s since spawned two decades of rumors, innuendo, sniping, backpedaling, and (in recent years) a truce. Love claimed "Where Boys Fear To Tread” is about her, focusing on Corgan being “mad” about her relationship with Trent Reznor.
  10. Smashing Pumpkins, "Tonight Tonight" (1995)
    Along with "Where Boys Fear To Tread,” Love has also stated that another, very popular track from Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness is secretly about her: "Tonight, Tonight." However, Billy Corgan is notoriously cryptic about his lyrical inspirations.
  11. Smashing Pumpkins, potentially most of Siamese Dream (1993)
    In 2014, she told BBC Radio 6 that most of Siamese Dream was about her—contradicting vintage interviews with Corgan, such as a 1993 Guitar World piece in which he revealed many of the album’s tunes were about his then-wife, “who was my ex-girlfriend at the time I wrote the songs.” it’s tough to get a straight answer about which Smashing Pumpkins songs (if any) are actually, definitively inspired by Love, as a cloak of antagonism has shrouded their interactions for years.