Rock Star (2:41)

Cover of Live Through This

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A song entitled “Rock Star” was originally slated to close the album, but a last-minute decision was made to replace the track with “Olympia.” Since the artwork had already been printed, however, the title of “Rock Star” remained and was also used for further releases. The purported reason for the song replacement was concern about the lyric “a barrel of laughs to be Nirvana, you’d rather die.” To those not aware that Live Through This was completed before Cobain’s death, the lyric could be potentially misconstrued as a reference made in poor taste regarding the discovery of Cobain’s body.

Nonetheless, the actual song that closes the album, “Olympia” (under the title “Rock Star”), criticizes the riot grrrl music scene in the Pacific Northwest, which Love was associated but not involved with, and has been described as “a rollicking, good-humored fuck-you to Olympia hipsters.”[3] Love had been vocal about her criticism of the riot grrrl movement, calling the musicians “imperious”, and pointing out their particular form of feminist politics: “The whole riot grrl thing is so… well, for one thing, the Women’s Studies department at Evergreen State College, where a lot of these bands come from, is notorious for being one of the worst programs in the country. It’s man-hating, and it doesn’t produce intelligent people in that field.”[33] Alternate mixes of the song that later were released as b-sides included even more satirical lyrics, such as:

“Well, I went to school in Olympia, and everyone’s the same
And what do you do with a revolution?
You just forget your name
Well, I went to school in a fascist state and everyone’s the same


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  • MikahThompson

    Do it for the kids? (In my head it always was like:---> Do you bought the Caviar? Do you bought the Caviar? :DD [2] LOL

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • agnosis1975

    Awww... NZ wasn't THAT bad was it Courtney? We have some REALLY pretty sheep...

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
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    5 Mar 2013 Reply
  • farfafarf

    This was the first song I learned how to play on the guitar.

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • promisedeyes

    Such a fantastic track!

    17 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Hochulia

    we even fuck the same

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Nimbie

    She shouldn't slander Olympia :) Great song though. It's so funny that one of my favourite songs from Live Through This was actually an outtake

    27 Jul 2012 Reply
  • motherofall

    how'd you like to be Madonna? So much fun to be Madonna.

    12 Jul 2012 Reply
  • HarryFearless

    Not a bad album. There are better 90s girl rock bands tho, like the Breeders x

    27 May 2012 Reply
  • ogian91

    My name is Olympia. :D

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
  • top20fanatico

    Do it for the kids? (In my head it always was like:---> Do you bought the Caviar? Do you bought the Caviar? :DD

    13 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Miss-Kei

    Awesome screaming. :D

    9 Mar 2012 Reply
  • scottdoesntknow

    This is the song is that made me fall in love with Hole in the first place. I had never listened to them and a friend let me borrow the cassette a couple of years ago— this was the one track I played over and over and over again. Now I've sifted through everything the band ever made, I own all the albums, and I saw Courtney live last year. Made me a fan for life.

    13 Sep 2011 Reply
  • TenebrisInLux

    *strums* When I went to school .. oh. *strums* When I went to school .. hehe.

    5 May 2011 Reply
  • larzipanmars

    The first line "When I went to School in Olympia" gets stuck in my head almost every day of my life

    9 Apr 2011 Reply
  • UknowWho97

    No tameka, this song is actually really called Olympia. Via Wikipedia: ""Rock Star" is a mislabel of a Live Through This outtake titled "Olympia" (in reference to Olympia, Washington). The original song, "Rock Star", was removed from the final track listing before pressings were made and was replaced with "Olympia", but as the artwork had already been printed, the title "Rock Star" remained." Anyways, love this song

    25 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Kinderwhoree

    When I went to school..ahahah.

    20 Dec 2010 Reply
  • aarondecker

    The track name is messed up

    14 Oct 2010 Reply
  • la_foret

    when i went to school in olympia ja ja ja ja ja

    19 Sep 2010 Reply
  • tameka25

    No this is rock star... last song on the record. yeah Seth.. I saw your mom do it... she was on the grassy knoll with a high power rifle

    17 Sep 2010 Reply
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