Malibu (Hole song)

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"Malibu"
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Single by Hole
from the album Celebrity Skin
B-side "Drag" (UK CD, 7")
"It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (UK CD)
Released December 29, 1998 (1998-12-29)
Format
Recorded April 1997 (1997-04)–February 1998 (1998-02)
Genre
Length 3:53
Label DGC
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Hole singles chronology
"Celebrity Skin"
(1998)
"Malibu"
(1998)
"Awful"
(1999)
"Celebrity Skin"
(1998)
"Malibu"
(1998)
"Awful"
(1999)
Alternative cover
Alternative CD single cover art
Alternative CD single cover art

"Malibu" is a song by American alternative rock band Hole. It is the fourth track and second single from the band's third studio album, Celebrity Skin, and was released on December 29, 1998 on DGC Records, the song was written by vocalist and rhythm guitarist Courtney Love, lead guitarist Eric Erlandson and Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, who contributed to a number of other songs on Celebrity Skin.

The single was released on vinyl and compact disc in multiple countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Japan, the standard releases of the single feature "Drag" as well as a cover of Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" as b-sides.

"Malibu" was one of Hole's most commercially and critically successful songs.[a] The song peaked at number 3 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart, and garnered a Grammy nomination in 1999, the song charted at number 264 on The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born list by Blender Magazine in 2005.

Composition[edit]

"Malibu" was written by frontwoman Courtney Love, lead guitarist Eric Erlandson, and Billy Corgan. The lyrics were written solely by Love, while the musical composition and arrangements are credited to Love, Erlandson, and Corgan. While it has been speculated that the song was written about Love's husband, Kurt Cobain's stay in a rehabilitation clinic in Malibu, California, Love has stated that the song was actually written about her first boyfriend, Jeff Mann, whom she lived with in Malibu the late mid-1980s.[2][3]

Release[edit]

"Malibu" was released as a single on CD, 7" vinyl, and other formats in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. It was first released in the United States on compact disc on December 29, 1998,[4] followed by a 7" vinyl release in the United States on May 25, 1999.[5]

The single also includes "Drag", an outtake from Celebrity Skin which was replaced by "Malibu", the song was nominated for a Grammy Award[6] in the Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal field, losing to "Put Your Lights On" by Santana. The single was certified Gold in Australia in 1999, with sales in excess of 40,000.

Reception[edit]

Billboard gave the song a positive review, writing: "Detractors of Love and company may consider this the ultimate sellout, but programmers would do well to give this edgy but hooky track a listen. Love sounds downright dainty in comparison with past works—OK, well, tamer anyway—and is accompanied here by some great guitar hooks, swirling harmonies, and a sticky melody that could attract stations that like to maintain a tough exterior without sacrificing accessibility."[7]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Paul Hunter, the music video for "Malibu" was shot in the eponymous city on a beach, the video features burning palm trees and the band performing the song. Eric Erlandson is also seen waxing a surfboard, and Melissa Auf der Maur lies on a rock over the ocean, the video also alludes to Baywatch at its conclusion, featuring a mass of lifeguards holding plastic dolls on the beach while Courtney Love walks into the ocean.[8]

Samantha Maloney, who replaced drummer, Patty Schemel, appears in the video.

Formats and track listings[edit]

United States[edit]

US 7" single (INTS7-97087)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Malibu" 3:53
2. "Celebrity Skin"
  • Love
  • Erlandson
  • Corgan
2:43
US promotional CD (PRO-CD-1241)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Malibu"
  • Courtney Love
  • Eric Erlandson
  • Billy Corgan
3:53
US promotional 12" (SAM 197T)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Malibu" (Jason Nevins' Holy Mix)
  • Courtney Love
  • Eric Erlandson
  • Billy Corgan
 
2. "Malibu" (Jason Nevins Club Control Mix)
  • Love
  • Erlandson
  • Corgan
 
3. "Malibu" (Jason Nevins Full On Club Mix)
  • Love
  • Erlandson
  • Corgan
 
4. "Malibu" (Ted Ottaviano's Endless Summer Mix)
  • Love
  • Erlandson
  • Corgan
 
5. "Malibu" (Ted Ottaviano's Club Mix)
  • Love
  • Erlandson
  • Corgan
 

United Kingdom[edit]

UK 7" single (GFS 22369)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Malibu"
  • Courtney Love
  • Eric Erlandson
  • Billy Corgan
3:53
2. "Drag" 4:52
UK CD single (GFSTD 22369)[b]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Malibu"
  • Courtney Love
  • Eric Erlandson
  • Billy Corgan
3:53
2. "Drag"
  • Love
  • Erlandson
  • Melissa Auf der Maur
  • Jordon Zadorozny
4:52
3. "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" Bob Dylan 3:18
UK CD Maxi single (GFSXD 22369)[c]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Malibu"
  • Courtney Love
  • Eric Erlandson
  • Billy Corgan
3:53
2. "Celebrity Skin" (live)
  • Love
  • Erlandson
  • Corgan
2:58
3. "Reasons to Be Beautiful" (live)
5:25

Australia[edit]

Australian CD single (GEFDE-22375)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Malibu"
  • Courtney Love
  • Eric Erlandson
  • Billy Corgan
3:53
2. "Drag"
  • Love
  • Erlandson
  • Melissa Auf der Maur
  • Jordon Zadorozny
4:52
3. "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" Bob Dylan 3:18
4. "Celebrity Skin" (video)
  • Love
  • Erlandson
  • Corgan
2:43
5. "Malibu" (video)
  • Love
  • Erlandson
  • Corgan
3:53

Credits and personnel[edit]

All credits adapted from Celebrity Skin's liner notes[10] except where noted.

Hole

Guest musician

Production

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1998-99) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[12] 11
Canada Rock Report (RPM)[13] 16
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[13] 40
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 38
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[15] 22
US Billboard Adult Top 40[16] 37
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 81
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[17][18] 15
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[1] 3

Notes[edit]

Explanatory notes

  1. ^ Per the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks, "Malibu" peaked at number 3 in 1998; second to "Celebrity Skin," which peaked at number 1, "Malibu" was Hole's highest-charting singles.[1]
  2. ^ The track listing for the United Kingdom CD single (GFSTD 22369) is identical to the Japanese release.[9]
  3. ^ Both live tracks recorded at Later... with Jools Holland at BBC Television Centre in London, United Kingdom on October 20, 1998.
  4. ^ Deen Castronovo is uncredited on both the single and album.[11]

Notes

  1. ^ a b "Malibu – Hole | Billboard.com". Billboard. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Love is a Battlefield". Entertainment Weekly. March 22, 2002. Retrieved May 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ Love, Courtney (March 17, 2016). "Courtney Love & Todd Almond: The San Francisco Sessions". San Francisco Curran (Interview). Interview with Kevin Sessums. That's [where] the song "Malibu" comes from—it comes from him. People thinks it comes from all sorts of other things, but it comes from Jeffrey Mann  Video on YouTube.
  4. ^ "Malibu - Hole : Releases". All Music. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Hole - Malibu - Releases". AllMusic. Retrieved May 13, 2017. 
  6. ^ Kaufman, Gil (February 23, 1999). "Hole Members' Opinions Mixed Over Grammy Nods". MTV. Retrieved May 10, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Hole: Malibu". Billboard. Singles. November 14, 1998. p. 23 – via Google Books.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ Kaufman, Gil (May 11, 2017). "How Miley Cyrus & Courtney Love Both Hit 'Malibu' for a Re-Set". Billboard. Retrieved May 13, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Hole Malibu Japanese Promo CD single (CD5 / 5")". EIL. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 
  10. ^ Celebrity Skin (CD). Hole. Geffen Records. 1998. LC 07266. 
  11. ^ Patty Schemel, Eric Erlandson, Chris Whitemyer (2011). Hit So Hard: The Life and Near-Death Story of Patty Schemel (DVD). The Ebersole Hughes Company. 
  12. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Hole – Malibu". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  13. ^ a b "Top Singles". Library and Archives Canada. March 8, 1999. 
  14. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Hole – Malibu". Top 40 Singles.
  15. ^ "Hole | Artist | Official Charts". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  16. ^ a b Celebrity Skin – Hole: Awards at AllMusic. Retrieved July 3, 2012.
  17. ^ "Mainstream Rock Tracks". Billboard: 73. December 19, 1998 – via Google Books.  open access publication – free to read
  18. ^ Thompson 2000, p. 418.

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