While Grohl won't come right out and say who his shots are aimed at, he's just dying to imply it as much as possible, and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has no problem speculating, "I'm sure there's a little bit of her in there. She needn't be too vain, it's not all about her." Just in case he hadn't made his feelings known, he makes sure to point out, "She's fucked. For millions of reasons ... Dave would never fully admit it to you, but I know."
The Courtney Love hate got passed around like, well, Courtney Love in the ensuing years, first to ex-lover Trent Reznor and then to old drug buddy Scott Weiland. Later in 2000, Reznor wrote "Starfuckers, Inc.," a song about exactly what it sounds like, with Love and former protege Marilyn Manson in mind. Manson, having just come off a nightmarish tour with Love that ended when she abruptly walked out on it, decided to get in on the fun, co-starring in the music video that features an obese woman with a bandage over her nose (obvious references to the plastic surgery and weight loss that accompanied Love's Hollywood makeover) dressed unmistakably similar to Love in Hole's "Miss World" video, suspended over a carnival dunk tank marked "Waste" ... in which she is eventually drowned.
Marilyn Manson, Emperor of Subtlety.
For his part, Weiland wrote a song for Stone Temple Pilots' 2001 album, Shangri-La Dee Da, called "Too Cool Queenie," about a woman who criticizes her rock star husband literally to death. He spells it out for us in his autobiography, just in case we thought it might be about that other famous lady rocker whose iconic husband committed suicide.
The final blow came from, of all people, Gwen Stefani, in 2004. Apparently she took offense to some comments Love had made about the music business being like a high school, calling Stefani "the cheerleader" to her smoking-shed rebel. Mad as hell that Love would dare to imply she was cute and popular, Stefani wrote "Hollaback Girl" in a mocking call-and-response style. Its challenges didn't exactly shatter her stereotype, though: "I heard that you were talking shit, and you didn't think that I would hear it ... So I'm ready to attack, gonna lead the pack, gonna get a touchdown, gonna take you out."
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Gonna wear a bonnet that makes me look like a scary-ass governess from 1887.
Nice try, but we're pretty sure she's heard worse, Gwen.
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