|NFC News 01/2000|
For a while I have thought about changing the design of the main page, but never got around to it
until today. Though, after sitting with it for a couple of hours I concluded that I'd rather make
the current design a bit better than make a whole new layout. I'm sure creating a whole new layout
is still a good idea but so far I decided to just change the current main page a bit. The result
should be a faster load time, as some boring details were removed. A couple of new pictures were
also added, and the Esprit banner was moved into the actual table. I hope you like the result.
It's not a big change but its better than nothing, I suppose. The new main page was designed
with an 800x600 resolution and thus looks best with this one. It looks quite terrible in the
resolution 640x480. In addition, it looks a tad better in Microsoft Internet Explorer than it
does in Netscape Navigator. Check out the "new" main page here. Oh,
I also added a new poll: "Did you like the new Foo Fighters album, 'There is nothing left to
lose' ?" You can find the poll at the bottom of the main page.
On eBay people try to sell everything. Well, this is no exception -- as it seems some psycho was
trying to sell a brick - lifted from the greenhouse where Kurt Cobain killed himself. Here is
the item description; "Courtney had the guesthouse/garage torn down where Kurt shot himself,
and I had a delivery company in Seattle, and was hired to pick up a commercial frig and deliver
it to someone who bought it. The caretaker let me take (with permission from new owners) one of
the few remaining bricks (after a discussion as to whether is was a strange request...we decided
it wasn't) for my son, who loved Nirvana. He's grown now and someone can have/buy it. No photo,
hey, it's a brick!" The item, with an opening bid of $200, received no bids at all after being
up for a week. Thanks to 'terman1' for the URL.
Courtney Love just attacked some innocent person again, which doesn't come as much of a
surprise anymore; "The Hollywood Reporter's chief film critic squared off with Courtney Love
Wednesday night when the scribe's wife dared to snap a photo of the actress-singer. The brouhaha
took place at a dinner in honor of the movie Beat (starring Love and Kiefer Sutherland), which
was held at Main Street's Lakota restaurant. According to witnesses, the incident arose over a
photo that reviewer Kirk Honeycutt's wife, Mira, took of Love as she was leaving the restaurant.
The Honeycutts claim they were given permission to take the photo from the publicist on the scene.
Not aware of this, Love proceeded to rail against Mira, taking her camera and throwing it to the ground.
Her husband butted in and, insiders say, clenched his fist in preparation to hit the actress. As
Honeycutt and Love continued to skirmish, Love's boyfriend broke it up. Later, outside the restaurant,
insiders say Love and Honeycutt made amends, until Love asked the film reviewer whether he still
intended to write about Beat. 'Under the circumstances,' he replied, 'No.' " - this story was
courtesy of Wall of Sound. Here is a bit more, from MTV News; "A report in the 'New York Post'
indicates that the situation became even more tense when Honeycutt stepped in between his wife
and Love, and began calling the frontwoman 'a f***ing pig.' Love's boyfriend, Jim Barber, then
interceded, and cooler heads eventually prevailed, as Love and Honeycutt subsequently exchanged
apologies outside Lakota. Honeycutt, who had planned on reviewing 'Beat' for 'The Hollywood Reporter,'
told Love that he wouldn't write the piece because of a potential conflict of interest from any
lingering feelings, but would find a writer to do the article instead." - this was courtesy of MTV.
After looking for more than two years I finally obtained a recording of the encore, of a show
the Foo Fighters did at the 1997 Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, WA. What is so special about
this encore is the fact that Krist Novoselic joined them on bass, performing two songs. While
the new recording I have is not entirely complete it is certainly more complete than the old
recording of the Foo set. Unfortunately there are several cuts in the songs, but otherwise it
is a nice recording. The band first performed a brief cover of the Prince classic "Purple Rain",
featuring Dave Grohl on drums, Pat Smear on guitar and Krist Novoselic on bass (sounds familiar, eh?)
Later, Dave does the vocals leaving the drumming to regular Foo drummer, Taylor Hawkins. To finish
the encore the band did a brief cover of the Led Zeppelin song "Communication Breakdown" with the
same lineup, only with some new fellow on vocals whose identity I can't establish. I don't know
exactly when the video of this encore surfaced but I have seen it on eBay a couple of times for
the past few months. In any case it was great to finally hear it. Thanks to Donnie for the recording.
I put up a clip of the "Purple Rain" cover that you can download here.
Here is a story that I found pretty interesting; "In what is set to be a landmark case, ten
major record companies have come together to sue a music website, MP3.com for alleged copyright
infringement. The labels, which include Sony, BMG/RCA, Capitol, Warner Brothers and Arista, have
united under the umbrella of the Recording Industry Association of America (the RIAA). They
allege that the website has violated copyright with two new services that were introduced on
January 12. The two services in question essentially allow internet users to access digital
quality recordings of CDs they already own. The 'Instant Listening Service' and 'Beam It'
services allow members to either purchase an album from an online retailer or register
copies they already own by placing their album in their CD-Rom drive and beaming it to
the MP3.com. Once the site recognises it, the listener can then access that album from
anywhere. The RIAA's case focuses on the fact that MP3.com illegally copied a library of
some 45,000 albums to allow the process to work. An indignant Michael Robertson, founder
and chief executive of MP3.com, claimed the lawsuit to be an attempt at initimidation by a
'cartel' of record companies. He said he would fight it 'to the court of last resort' if necessary' "
- its amazing that RIAA have nothing better to do. Thanks to New Musical Express for this story.
The page with Nirvana in TV and Movies was once again updated. Special thanks to sweet Alina for
some of most recent information. Check the updated page here.
The NFC Links Page has undergone some major renovation. First of all, pretty much every link in the
Nirvana section has been checked to verify if the page still existed, if it was a Nirvana page at all
and things like that. Thus, the links left now in the Nirvana section should only be to valid Nirvana
sites. In other words: all the crap has been weeded out. We are still working on fixing the links in
the other sections of the page, to ensure that these are valid and appropriate as well. Thanks a bunch
to Per-Christian and others for helping with this. Apart from this update the actual script for adding
new links was completely re-written. It now asks for confirmation before adding a new URL to the page.
This is a nice feature to have if you made a spelling error or something when filling out the form to
submit a new link. Some various other improvements were also made to the script so it should work much
better now. When adding a new link please don't forget to follow the few guidelines we have. They are
noted at the top of the NFC Link page and with more details on the confirmation page that follows after
the form has been filled out. Thanks and enjoy the links. The NFC Links.
Geffen Records, Nirvana's and Hole's record label, have filed a lawsuit against Courtney Love and her
band Hole for breach of contract. Apparently, they left the label before having released five albums
since 1992 as the contact required; "Geffen have filed a suit against the pair's [Eric Erlandson and
Courtney Love] company Doll Head Inc over an alleged breach of contract. Hole announced their intention
to leave the label last month, but Geffen claim the band still owe them another five albums. Love and
Erlandson maintain that they are not beholden to the contract with Geffen as under Californian laws, no
'personal services contract' can last more than seven years. But Geffen argue that recording contracts
are not personal services agreements. They want undisclosed damages and to prevent the pair recording
under the name Hole for any other record label. The band's UK spokesperson told nme.com that a suit had
been filed, but said there was no further comment from either the band or Geffen at this stage." Thanks
to NME & AllStar for
this story. Read more here.
It seems that not only is Krist Novoselic a user of the internet, but also former Nirvana drummer Dave
Grohl. Thus, Dave recently posted a message to the message board of the official Foo Fighters website.
He wrote a bit about his experiences in New Zealand where they are touring at the moment, and about a
show they did in Los Angeles recently. This very interesting post has received more than 100 replies so
far. Let's all take a momemt to thank Dave for wanting to interact with his fans all over the world. You
can read his message, and all its replies,
here. Thanks to Matt for the URL. Feel free to discuss this on NFC's own board, where
Dave Grohl is of course also very welcome to post something :-)
Sorry about the lack of updates. January has been a very slow month concerning Nirvana related news.
AllStar news published a story yesterday about Kurt Cobain murder theories and such; "Talking about
beating a dead horse: It's now been nearly five years since the death of Kurt Cobain, yet the conspiracy
theorists and bandwagon-jumpers continue with fury". You can read the full story, courtesy of AllStar,
here. In other news, The Foo
Fighters did an AIDS benifit show on January 14 (Dave's birthday), at the Palace in Hollywood, CA. Read
more about that here. The
guys are now - once again - doing a slew of shows in Australia. In a funny news story published yesterday,
it is said that pop singer Whitney Houston was caught with 15.2 grams of marijuana at a Hawaii airport!
Today, former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl turned 31. Happy birthday, Dave! Speaking of Dave, apparently
there was a chat session at Yahoo! last night featuring Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. He was asked about
the Nirvana boxed set and said it would be out in 2000. Here is his exact quote: "I'm not exactly sure when
it's going to [be] finished or what's on it, but I know that it's in the works. Last time I talked to Krist
Novoselic we talked about it, and I guess it will be released sometime in the year 2000". He also confirmed
that 'My Hero' was not about Kurt Cobain; "No, My Hero is more general than anything specific. It's as much
about him as it is about other people in my life. So yes and no." Thanks to Rich and especially 'Dain Bramage'
for this info. View a screenshot of the chat here. This one was courtesy of
'Dain Bramage' too.
I just got a recording of the December 9 Seattle show with the Foo Fighters, where they were joined
by Krist Novoselic for a couple of songs. With their regular bassist Nate Mendel being unable to play
due to a flu, Krist played bass for them on 3 songs, including favorites 'Big Me' and 'I'll Stick Around'.
I thought I would put up a recording of one of these songs so I encoded 'Big Me' in MP3 format. It includes
Dave's introduction of Krist, mentioning that Krist also played bass on the first demo of the song. You can
download the song, for a limited time only, right here. Thanks to Andrew for
the source recording.
The Nirvana show that aired on the Australian JJJ radio turned out to be an incomplete version of the
02/01/92 show that has been aired by JJJ several times before. The songs aired were: About a girl, Come
as you are, Lithium, Breed, Polly, Lounge Act, Negative Creep, Love Buzz and Blew. It went for about 30
minutes. Though, while it was aired before, this mix is slightly different - adding a few jams here and
there. Thanks to Matt Matt and another Australian fellow for this news.
'Doshin the giant', a new computer game, is apparently inspired by Kurt Cobain;
"Doshin the Giant is partly inspired by Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, who designer Kazutoshi Iida says became
too big for his own good. In the game, Doshin must find a balance between Love and Hate or he, too, will
become too big to coexist with the islanders – and when we say big, we mean this quite literally." Thanks
to IGN for this story.
It's getting a little out of hand with all this news about Nirvana in various top
lists, but still here are a few more. Though, after these I am going to seriously
cut down on this sort of news. The Dutch channel TMF did a "Top 90 of the nineties"
list which had Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on spot #3. Earlier they did a Top
1000 as mentioned in a previous update. News courtesy of Gezondheid Heid
The Canadian television channel MuchMusic recently had a '100 Greatest Videos of the Century' countdown
where "Smells Like Teen Spirit" landed at spot #1. Thanks to Ryan for this news.
This website is, as you can probably guess, dedicated to Nirvana and thus Krist and Dave. Therefore it has
always been sort of a goal for me to have Krist and Dave visit it. Now Krist has, and this is what he said:
"How come that site [NirvanaClub] has like a million hits, and mine [Murky Slough] is
still working on 10.000? Let the webmaster know he did a good job. Apparently, a million people must have
thought so anyway." This was taken a bit out of context, from a message sent by Krist to a good
friend of mine. Of course this is not a conclusive "I like your site" sort of quote, but what is important to
me is that Krist actually visits this site and thought I did a good job creating it. So Krist, if you are
reading this: THANK YOU!
Thanks to Zena Piccolo for this story.
As promised, the NFC Museum is now open. I figured the first day of the new millennium would be a good
day to look back. In this case, look back at the days that have passed since I in 1995 began working on
a Nirvana website that would eventually open in early 1996. Thus, the museum offers stuff such as old
layouts of the main page; files that were once up but were removed; funny stuff that people have sent
me (such as NFC banners etc.) and more. Indeed, this museum will be useless to most people but personally
I thought it would be fun to put it up and I hope that some of the 'regular' visitors will find it fun
as well. The whole idea behind this odd section is just fun and its not meant as an EGO-supporter or a
brag-machine. I hope you like it, and once again happy new year. Visit the NFC museum.
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