Melissa Auf der Maur

Melissa Auf der Maur
Melissa Auf der Maur

Auf der Maur in 2005
Background information
Also known as MAdM
Born March 17, 1972 (1972-03-17) (age 39)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Alternative rock
Occupations Musician, photographer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards
Labels Capitol
Associated acts The Smashing Pumpkins
Hand of Doom
The Chelsea

Melissa Auf der Maur (play /ˌɔːf dər ˈmaʊər/; born March 17, 1972) is a Canadian rock musician from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her career has included 5 years as bassist with the band Hole and she later toured with The Smashing Pumpkins for their 2000 tour. Her second solo album, Out of Our Minds, was released on March 30, 2010. She is also a published photographer. On October 19, 2011, she officially announced on her website that she is pregnant with her first child and expecting a girl sometime that week.[1]


Early life

Auf der Maur was born to journalist and politician Nick Auf der Maur and literary translator Linda Gaboriau. She is of German Swiss descent. Because Nick Auf der Maur was Canadian and Linda Gaboriau was born in the U.S., Melissa holds dual Canadian-U.S. citizenship (and, under Swiss law, Swiss citizenship besides, her father wrote in a newspaper column in 1985.) Contrary to recent comments claiming Auf der Maur's surname refers to a Swiss river, it translates to 'On the Wall'. This is because 'Maur' was derived from the German word for 'wall', 'Mauer', and it is not a direct translation. Melissa is adamant about 'On the Wall', as her grandmother, Theresia Schaelin-Auf der Maur, was "always pounding my heritage down my throat",[2] and was very proud of the name, which is on the brink of extinction.

Her native language is English, though she also speaks French. She spent some of her early childhood in Kenya with her mother, but after several bouts with malaria returned to Montreal, where she attended M.I.N.D. High School, a performing arts high school, and then Concordia University as a photography major.

Musical career


Auf der Maur became friends with Billy Corgan after apologizing for a friend who had thrown a beer bottle at the band during one of The Smashing Pumpkins' first Canadian concert dates at Montreal nightclub Les Foufounes Électriques (which translates to "Electric Buttocks").[3] Her band, Tinker, opened for The Smashing Pumpkins in Montreal in 1993. In 1994, when Hole was in need of a new bassist after the death of Kristen Pfaff, Corgan recommended Auf der Maur to Courtney Love. Auf der Maur at first turned the job down, but later she reconsidered. Auf der Maur joined Hole two weeks before the Reading Festival and recorded the album Celebrity Skin with the band, ultimately leaving on October 20, 1999, after her 5-year contract with the band had come to an end.

In June 2009, Courtney Love announced through an NME blog that Hole were re-forming, with Auf der Maur on bass and Micko Larkin, who is Love's lead guitarist, on her upcoming album. It came as a surprise to Auf der Maur, who responded by saying she felt that "You can't take a Hole reunion thing that lightly. It's gonna take a little more organizing than just 'I'll come and sing some backups and then we got Hole'".[4] Eric Erlandson also responded to the rumors, saying, "There is no Hole without me [...] on a business level." Erlandson claimed, "[Love] signed a contract with me when we decided to break up the band" that he claimed would prevent Love from using the name for a band that he wouldn't be a part of.[5]

Other collaborations

Auf der Maur briefly toured with former The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek in 1997, after contributing bass and background vocals to his 1997 solo album Troublizing. More notably, Auf der Maur collaborated with French group Indochine on their song "Le Grand Secret", singing a duet in French with Nicola Sirkis, to great acclaim in France. Auf der Maur joined the band on stage to perform the song on various occasions, and appeared in the music video for the song. She performed a rare, short, acoustic set of some of her solo songs during an Indochine show in Paris, February 22, 2002.[6] She has contributed bass and backing vocals to childhood friend Rufus Wainwright's album Poses, and appears in his 1998 video for "April Fools". In 2008, she collaborated with Canadian musician Daniel Victor, on his music collaboration project Neverending White Lights. They recorded the song "The World is Darker", for which a video was released in March 2008. Aside from this, she has contributed to albums by artists such as Ryan Adams, Ben Lee, Idaho, The Stills and Fountains of Wayne.[7]

Hand of Doom and The Chelsea

In 2002, Auf der Maur fronted a Black Sabbath cover band called Hand of Doom, in which she performed lead vocals.[8] They played a number of shows, and released a live album. In the same year, she and drummer Samantha Maloney (another Hole alumnus and also formerly of Mötley Crüe, and Peaches), Paz Lenchantin (of A Perfect Circle, and Zwan), and Radio Sloan (of Peaches, The Need) got together to play a show in Los Angeles, California as The Chelsea, taking their name from the Chelsea Hotel in New York, where Auf der Maur lived for a number of years. They performed original songs and some covers. Courtney Love later adopted the band as her backing band while touring for her first solo album, America's Sweetheart. Only Samantha Maloney and Radio Sloan remained of the original line-up, and the band was later renamed to The Courtney Love Band.

Auf der Maur

In 2004, Melissa released her first solo effort Auf der Maur, garnering airplay on modern rock radio stations for the singles "Followed the Waves," "Real a Lie" and "Taste You." The same year, she appeared on the CBC television program The Greatest Canadian, as David Suzuki's celebrity advocate. Auf der Maur was part of the November 2004 "Love Metal" tour also featuring HIM and 2004's Curiosa. She was also the opening act for Matthew Good's "Put Out Your Lights" tour in 2004, as well as for The Offspring's Splinter tour in 2004.


On February 2, 2006, reported that Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin had signed a new management deal with Front Line Management, with a spokesperson confirming they had signed under the name "Smashing Pumpkins."[9] In response, Auf der Maur said in a separate interview, "As long as Billy has Jimmy, he can make the essential Pumpkins record, I'm sure". When asked of her involvement, she said she was not participating in any reunion plans, but was quoted as saying, "My services are always there to play my favorite songs. If D'arcy is not available, I'm always happy to be second in line".[10] Despite her public interest, on April 23, 2007, The Globe and Mail reported that Auf Der Maur would not be rejoining the Smashing Pumpkins.[11]

In 2006, Auf der Maur was included in Blender magazine's hottest women of rock alongside Joan Jett, Liz Phair, and Courtney Love.[12]

In 2007, she appeared on the Fountains of Wayne album Traffic and Weather singing backing on the track "Someone to Love".

Out of Our Minds

In a 2007 interview,[13] Auf der Maur announced that she had finished her second solo album which would go hand in hand with a graphic novel and a concept film,[14] which is to be released in Fall 2009. The album will be released under the name of MAdM, whereas the comic, film and album will go by Out of Our Minds, or OOOM for short.[15] A website containing teasers of the projects, as well as a movie trailer, was launched in August, 2007 and can be found at Glenn Danzig recorded a duet with Auf der Maur in 2008, titled "Father's Grave."[16][17] On November 11, 2008 an EP[18] for the song "This Would Be Paradise" was released on the official Web site and iTunes.[19](registration required) It includes the songs "The Key" and "Willing Enabler." On November 9, 2009 Auf der Maur released the first single "Out of Our Minds" from her new album for download for free on her website. On January 12, 2010 the "Out of Our Minds" music video premiered on her Web site.[20]

In March 2010, Auf der Maur announced that her new short film, "Out of Our Minds," would be screened in London next month. The former Hole bassist will also be on hand to take fans’ questions at The ICA on April 21.[21]

In July 2010, Melissa Auf der Maur (performing as "Auf der Maur") was a part of the major two-day, heavy metal and hard rock festival Heavy MTL at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal.

On October 4, 2010, Melissa Auf der Maur premiered her next music video "Meet Me On The Dark Side" online.

In January 2011, Melissa Auf der Maur won The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards in the Indie/Alt./Hard Rock category for Out of Our Minds.[22]


Auf der Maur is also an published photographer. She was a photography major specializing in self-portraiture at Concordia University when she was invited to join Hole in 1994. Her photos have been published in Nylon, Bust, Mastermind, and American Photo, among other magazines. Her photos were also in the exhibition The Kids are Alright at Sotheby's in New York City along with photos by Yelena Yemchuk. She put together a solo exhibition in 2001, under the name of Channels. It mostly featured shots of Auf der Maur's life on the road, with a recurring TV theme and shots of hotel TV screens, hence the name Channels. The exhibition opened September 9, 2001, at Brooklyn's Secret Gallery, but was shut down after the September 11 attacks.[23] A book bearing the same name was set to appear, but never did.


Year Album Chart positions Additional information
1997 Troublizing - - with Ric Ocasek
1998 Celebrity Skin 8 11 with Hole
2000 Judas O - 134 with The Smashing Pumpkins, bass on track 12 only
2001 Poses 117 132 with Rufus Wainwright, bass and backing vocals on track 11 only
2002 Paradize - - with Indochine, vocals and bass on track 8 ("Le Grand Secret") only
2004 Auf der Maur 187 31[24] Solo debut
2007 Traffic and Weather 97 - with Fountains of Wayne, backing vocals on track 1, "Someone to Love", only
2007 Act 2: The Blood and the Life Eternal - - with Neverending White Lights, vocals on track 4, "The World Is Darker", only
2010 Out of Our Minds TBC TBC Second solo album


Year Song Chart positions Additional Information
Modern Rock Tracks Mainstream Rock Tracks UK[24][25] Hot 100
1996 "Gold Dust Woman" 31 - - - with Hole
1998 "Be A Man" 31 - - -
1998 "Celebrity Skin" 1 4 19 85
1998 "Malibu" 3 16 22 81
1999 "Awful" 13 - 42 -
2004 "Followed the Waves" 32 - 35 531 solo
2004 "Real a Lie" - - 33 -
2004 "Taste You" - - 51 -
2007 "Someone to Love" - - - - with Fountains of Wayne
2008 "This Would Be Paradise" - - - - solo
2009 "OOOM" - - - - solo
2010 "Out of Our Minds" - - - - solo
  • 1 indicates the song charted on the Hot 100 Sales Chart.

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Q&A With Melissa Auf der Maur, 2001". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  3. ^ 'You should have been there!' The Globe and Mail, June 29, 2009,
  4. ^ 'Melissa Auf der Maur Talks Hole Reunion' Spin, June 22, 2009,
  5. ^ 'Q&A: Hole's Eric Erlandson' Spin Magazine, July 9, 2009,
  6. ^ "Short review of an Indochine show". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  7. ^ "Melissa Auf der Maur discography". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  8. ^ "Auf Der Maur MTV Biography". 1972-03-17. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  9. ^ Harris, Chris (2006-02-02). "Smashing Pumpkins Reunion Is Under Way, According To Sources". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  10. ^ Up for Discussion Jump to Forums. "Corgan, Chamberlin Revive Smashing Pumpkins". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  11. ^ "The Globe and Mail". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  12. ^ Hottest Women of... Rock![dead link]
  13. ^ Up for Discussion Jump to Forums. "Film, Comic To Augment Auf Der Maur Album". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  14. ^ by MAdM OOOM. "OOOM Trailer on Vimeo". Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  15. ^ Villeneuve Nicole."Questionnaire Melissa Auf der Maur", Exclaim!," April 2010.
  16. ^ "Exclusive interview with Glenn Danzig for Danzig 20th anniversary". Danzig. 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  17. ^ [1][dead link]
  18. ^ "MAdM | Melissa Auf der Maur | Official | News". Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  19. ^
  20. ^ "MAdM | Melissa Auf der Maur | Official". Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  21. ^ "Melissa Auf der Maur to screen new film in London". idiomag. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  22. ^
  23. ^ "Montreal Mirror Artsweek". 2006-05-03. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  24. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 33. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  25. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 254. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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Preceded by
D'arcy Wretzky
The Smashing Pumpkins Bassist
Succeeded by
Ginger Pooley

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