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Patty Schemel

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Daddy Issues ft. Patty Schemel: Hole, Punk's Gender Dysphoria and Kurt Cobain's Queerness

Tell Me About Your Father

Patty Schemel, whose drumming was the driving force of Hole’s seminal 1994 album Live Through This–and whose influence on women and queer rock musicians is immeasurable–joins us this week for a special Pride edition of Daddy Issues! Patty, who is the subject of the powerful 2011 documentary Hit So Hard about her friendship with Kurt Cobain, her struggle with substance abuse and the breakup with Hole, and recovery from the entire decade of the 90s. She also released a memoir by the same name in 2017, co-written by our very own Erin Hosier. Patty talks to us about coming out, Kurt’s alleged queerness, Courtney Love’s refusal to accept that he hooked up with a less-is-more hippie girl from Olympia before they were together, and covers topics ranging from Florida governor Ron DeSantis’ ghoulish transgender girls sports ban, to the world’s most currently deranged LGBTQ-themed commerical, to the supernaturally avuncular Tom Hanks and his confounding wayward son, Chet Haze. There’s talk of time management and crafting with felted wool, and Courtney’s portable sculptures. Patty also plays a game with Elizabeth called “That’s the Wrong Hole,” in which she has to guess between real and fake Hole lyrics, and it’s a doozie. Courtney and Brett Ratner, please don’t sue us!

1hr 20mins

7 Jun 2021

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S2 EP 05: Your idol, Patty Schemel of Hole

Never Meet Your Idols

In this episode, Patty Schemel reveals top secret things — most of which we can’t share with you. However, you're allowed to hear her talk about being in one of the most important rock bands in history, the time Gene Simmons touched her butt, her obsession with Aaron Carter, and if there’s going to be a Hole reunion. You’re welcome. Find the highlights reel for this episode here: https://youtu.be/ZJYxHeWAOdw Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


20 Apr 2021

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Dopey 268: Patty Schemel, Hole, Heroin, Crack, Recovery, Kurt & Courtney, street hustling

Dopey: On the Dark Comedy of Drug Addiction

This week on Dopey! Hard hitting drummer of Hole, author, and one of the Dopeyest women ever to come on our show, the great Patty Schemel! Listen to Patty’s incredible rise to glory with Hole and hear her cataclysmic fall into some of the worst addiction stories we’ve ever heard on Dopey. In the end Patty makes an incredible comeback and saves her life by finding happiness in her recovery, it is a truly remarkable story. PLUS killer Dopey voicemail’s with research chemicals, killer Dopey emails with crack dealing and much much more. On a hard hitting, swiss cheese shooting, arctic drug smuggling, feline prozac taking new episode of Dopey!

2hr 13mins

28 Nov 2020

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Ep193: Patty Schemel (Hole, Upset)

Conan Neutron's Protonic Reversal

Conan Neutron's Protonic Reversal

2hr 11mins

19 Aug 2020

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Patty Schemel - Hit So Hard

Barry Kibrick - Between the Lines

Patty Schemel was the drummer for Courtney Love's group Hole. But what makes this conversation even more special is the tough road that Patty faced before and after her success. In our conversation, you will see the remarkable strength of the human spirit.Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/barrykibrick)


26 May 2020

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Patty Schemel

Queen of S-Mountain

QOSM's first quarantine episode is a big one - this episode features drummer extraordinaire Patty Schemel! Patty talks to host LG over the phone about her woodworking class that she teaches to young kids (and how they mostly have no idea she was the drummer for the band Hole), the difference between playing in a band in the 90s versus today, music Scenes, touring, and so much more. It's a freewheeling and loose interview that has a lot of laughs - and there's another edition of the new segment Tour Stories! Support this podcast and women in audio at www.patreon.com/QOSM and check out the new QOSM merch store at www.society6.com/qosm! Huge thanks to our episode sponsor Love of Fuzz. Check them out at www.loveoffuzz.com


6 May 2020

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Hole special with Patty Schemel

C86 Show - Indie Pop

Patty Schemel special talking about her life in music with David Eastaugh Patricia Schemel is an American drummer and musician who rose to prominence as the drummer of alternative rock band Hole from 1992 until 1998. Born in Los Angeles, Schemel was raised in rural Marysville, Washington, where she developed an interest in punk rock music as a teenager. She began drumming at age eleven, and while in high school, formed several bands with her brother, Larry. Schemel was recommended as a drummer to Hole frontwoman Courtney Love by her husband, Kurt Cobain, a friend of Schemel's. She formally joined the band in 1992, and performed on their critically acclaimed second album, Live Through This (1994). On the band's third release, Celebrity Skin (1998), Schemel was replaced by a session drummer after its producer, Michael Beinhorn, convinced Love that Schemel was unable to adequately perform during their recording sessions. Though she receives credit on the album, her drumming does not appear on the final tracks, and the event marked her departure from the band. For the band's subsequent tour, Schemel was replaced by Samantha Maloney. After leaving Hole, Schemel developed a significant crack cocaine addiction, and was homeless for a time. In the early 2000s, she became sober and reunited with Love, joining the short-lived group Bastard before drumming on Love's debut solo album, America's Sweetheart (2004). Schemel subsequently drummed for Juliette and the Licks, appearing on their EP ...Like a Bolt of Lightning (2004). In 2010, using concert and video diary footage from Hole's 1994–1995 Live Through This world tour, Schemel co-created Hit So Hard, a documentary chronicling her time in Hole, her overcoming substance abuse, as well her subsequent business operating a dog boarding business. In 2013, she joined the indie rock group Upset, formed by Ali Koehler, previously of Vivian Girls and Best Coast, and formed the band Death Valley Girls with her brother, Larry, the same year.


15 Apr 2020

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And Introducing

And introducing, on drums….it’s Patty Schemel! Drummer for HOLE and along for the ride with fellow grunge icon Courtney Love, Patty brings us a story of fame, addiction, despair, and the seedy streets of Seattle and LA through her memoir HIT SO HARD.SONGSBeat Happening - Our SecretHOLE - VioletHOLE - Celebrity SkinLe Tigre - TKOJuliette and the Licks - Hot Kiss

1hr 22mins

8 Nov 2019

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Against Everyone with Conner Habib

Memoirist and Hole drummer Patty Schemel talk about 1990s music, the intensities of addiction, misogyny in punk, and more.

1hr 5mins

18 Feb 2019

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Footnote 156 - Patty Schemel (Author, Hole, Death Valley Girls, Kill Sybill, The Circuit Side, Upset)

Turned Out A Punk

THEY CALLED IT THE NERD PACK, WE CALLED IT UNITED NERDS!!! This week on the show Chris & Damian talk about how awesome Patty is, ask where Kiss was most popular & take a deep dive into the K discography! THIS IS LIVING!!! BROUGHT TO YOU BY VANS

2hr 13mins

23 Feb 2018