On April 27, the US record labels release a mix of recordings from some stars of the 1980s and 90s, notably Courtney Love, who is back with a new version of Hole and the same attitude. Plus Ukraine import Gogol Bordello returns to the studio.
Hole, Nobody's Daughter
Perhaps better known as Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain's wife, or for her "train wreck" lifestyle, Courtney Love has formed a whole new Hole band for its first record in more than a decade - and her return to recording since a solo effort in 2004. The 11 tracks on Mercury Records are typical of her act's hard-edged rock. Produced by Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan and Linda Perry (songwriter for P!nk, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera), the collection leads with "Skinny Little Bitch."
Gogol Bordello, Trans-Continental Hustle
Produced by Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin for American Recordings, this nine-piece gypsy punk rock act, fronted by the hyper-kinetic Ukrainian-born Eugene Hutz, offers a dozen genre-bending tunes, including ska, metal, rap, and even Brazilian influences. This fifth studio album follows last year's live collection which tried to capture their wild shows.
Melissa Etheridge, Fearless Love
The tenth studio album for Grammy winning 1990s rocker is produced by John Shanks (Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Bon Jovi) for Island Records. Leads with title track. www.melissaetheridge.com
Peter Frampton, Thank You Mr. Churchill
The 1980s legendary guitarist's latest with 11 autobiographical songs on A&M Records.