Retard Girl

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  • Info "Retard Girl" is a song by American alternative rock band Hole, written by vocalist and guitarist Courtney Love, and released as the band's debut single in April 1990 by Sympathy for the Record Industry.
  • "Retard Girl" along with the latter songs were released in full form on The First Session EP in 1997.
  • Love is known to have written "Retard Girl" prior to, or within the first few weeks of, Hole's formation as the song was performed at Hole's second live performance in 1989.
  • Although all the songs are listed as being written collectively written by Hole, Love wrote and composed "Retard Girl" solely by herself and the rest of the songs were written by both her and Erlandson.
  • All releases of the single list the songwriting credits collectively as Hole, however BMI's website shows that "Retard Girl" was written by Love alone.
  • The first and only known studio version of "Retard Girl" was recorded at the band's first studio session on March 17, 1990 at Rudy's Rising Star in Los Angeles.
  • In March 1990, Hole were given a budget of $500 by Sympathy for the Record Industry's president Long Gone John for a studio recording session, which was initially meant to include only "Retard Girl."
  • Hole released their no wave-influenced debut single "Retard Girl" in April 1990, and followed it with "Dicknail" in 1991, released on Sympathy for the Record Industry and Sub Pop, respectively.
  • Hole frontwoman Courtney Love had written John Peel two letters previously, thanking him for airing "Retard Girl" on his radio show, which was the reason for Hole's sturdy fanbase in England at the time.
  • According to disc jockey Rodney Bingenheimer, Love would often approach him at a Denny's on Sunset Blvd. where he went for coffee in the mornings, and convinced him to give "Retard Girl" airtime on his station KROQ-FM.