|NFC News 01/2001|
Today, the former Nirvana drummer Chad Channing turns 34! A big happy birthday to
Chad. Also special thanks to Chad for all his support and kindness. Don't forget to
check out exclusive soundclips of his recent band TVIV in the Sound gallery.
As part of MTV Europe's upcoming "Bad Boy Weekend", they will air the Nirvana "Bare Witness"
special about the Unplugged show, followed by the actual performance. "Bare Witness" will air
on February 4 at 6.30 PM and the Unplugged show will air later that day at 10 PM, both Central
"I though you would like to hear about an interesting thing that was on the BBC 1 Evening session last
nite (22/01/01). It was a documentary concerning the realationship between music journalists and bands.
Dave Grohl was on for a moment saying; 'When I was in Nirvana, I got burned so bad by a journalist'. He
went on to say about how in an interview with a journalist he knew personally, he had commented off the
record about some of the bad things in the band at the time, and this journalist had then written these
in his article, which caused arguments with some people. It then went on to talk with some Scottish
Journalist who had championed the band from the beginning and was on first name terms, and went to see
them on the European 1992 tour. When he arrived, he said he was appalled at what he found, which was
rampant drug abuse, cancelled sound checks with the band in disarray. It was a dilemma, because he was
friends with the band and couldn't write this in his article, so eventually he settled on saying he
wished Courtney Love wasn't such 'a pain in the arse'. Kurt still wasn't too pleased with this and the
journalist (sorry I can't remember who he was) met him again and Eric Erlandson (of Hole) at Reading in
'92. Courtney had just had Frances Bean in Seatle at this time so obviously [she] wasn't there. He started
to try and explain why he wrote the article, so at least Kurt could understand why he did, although maybe
not condone it. Everytime he was bringing Kurt round, Eric just came out with a completely irrational
outburst to overturn everything this journalist had said. Things came to a head, and eventually, Eric
poured his drink over the journalists head, reducing him to a laughing stock. This ended the conversation
naturally enough. The journalist then said that he later heard that Kurt had named one of his guns after him!"
Thanks to James Good and Nick for that one.
The latest poll, "Do you think Kurt Cobain should have married Courtney Love?"
ended after 3933 votes with the following result: "Yes" - 1112 votes (28%),
"No" - 2212 votes (56%), "I'm not sure" - 234 votes (6%), "I have no opinion" -
229 votes (6%), "I don't know" - 146 votes (4%). Thus, a majority of 56% believed
he shouldn't have married Courtney, while only one third of the voters thought he
should. An interesting and, indeed, quite sad result. I apologize if the poll offended
anyone. A new poll should be up soon.
"On February 3rd at 11 PM, Canal+ France are going to broadcast many performances
from several bands at Nulle Part Ailleurs, including Nirvana's 1994 performance
(of 'Rape me', 'Pennyroyal Tea' and 'Drain you')" Thanks to Rouilax for that one.
A bit of a disturbing non-Nirvana related story from the music world; "After 14 years with
the band, Metallica has announced that bassist Jason Newsted has chosen to leave the metal
powerhouse. In a statement released from the band on Wednesday (Jan. 17), Newsted explains
his reason for leaving: 'Due to private and personal reasons, and the physical damage that
I have done to myself over the years while playing the music that I love, I must step away
from the band. This is the most difficult decision of my life, made in the best interest
of my family, myself, and the continued growth of Metallica. I extend my love, thanks,
and best wishes to my brothers Lars, James, and Kirk, and the rest of the Metallica family,
friends, and fans whom [sic] have made these years so unforgettable.' Judging by the band members'
comments, the split truly does seem amicable. Singer James Hetfield says, 'Playing with someone
who has such unbridled passion for music will forever be a huge inspiration. Onstage every night,
he was a driving force to us all, fans and band alike. His connection will never be broken.'
Newsted joined the group in 1986 a few months after the death of original bassist Cliff Burton
in a tour bus accident in Sweden. Newsted, who was formerly in the band Flotsam and Jetsam,
appeared on all albums since 1988's ...And Justice for All. Metallica is expected to start
writing and recording a new studio album for release either later this year or in early 2002.
No word on a replacement for Newsted yet." Metallica was formed almost 20 years ago by Danish
drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield. Story
courtesy of Allstar News and CDNow online.
Today, former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl turns 32! Happy birthday, Dave. As you
probably know, he is currently in the highly successful band Foo Fighters who have
been nominated for three grammy awards this year. The band just played at the huge
Rock in Rio festival - which also features Guns N' Roses, Sting, R.E.M. and many
others. Also happy birthday to my good friend Ianthe.
From a recent Q Magazine; "It was a special 'Q on drugs' issue, so it had quite a few
Kurt references, as well as a small pic of him on the front, from the 1993 MTV awards.
Some of the relevant references went as such: 'Courtney Love once claimed she had been
conceived whilst her parents were high on acid. That's probably why I'm a bit weird, she
said.' On a section devoted to heroin, it noted: For them, heroin came to stand not for the
freed mind but for the nullifacation, ego-death and self-obliteration. Burroughs collaborator
Kurt Cobain may have died from a single self inflicted gunshot wound to the head, but autopsy
reports show his blood contained three times the leathal dose of herion at the time. Cobain
had dabbled in heroin before Nirvana existed but would later admit that, as the band's success
took off, he had deliberately set out to become a junkie. His desire to erase himself
clearly ran deep. Yet the records have piled up along with the OD victims. Without herion,
The Rolling Stones, Happy Mondays and Nirvana would not have made the records they made. They
might have been different but not necessarily worse, but they wouldn't of been the same. The
music of Nirvana in particular expressed the personal purgotory of a user smart enough to
understand his trap, but incapeable of escaping it.' Another little sound bite claimed; 'Depeche
Mode's Dave Gahan (whose response to the news of Kurt Cobain's suicide was one of anger at Cobain
beating him to it) used to shoot up water when he couldn't find any smack in an attempt to
replicate the feeling of mainling.'" Thanks to Ev and Q Magazine for this odd story.
As already reported a couple of times, a Nirvana tribute album was set to be released this month. The
exact release date of the album should be tomorrow, January 9. The album "Smells Like Bleach - Tribute
To Nirvana" consists of a bunch of obscure punk bands, covering Nirvana classics such as "Come as you
are", "Smells Like Teen Spirit", "Aneurysm" and "On a plain". The album was put out by Cleopatra Records.
You can download some MP3 clips of it here.
Thanks to Sebastiaan for the link. Update: According to Troy Clem from Tower Records, the actual release
date is January 23. Thanks to Troy for that one. It should be noted that I have also seen the January 9
release date lots of places and heard from people who have seen the record in stores. So I suppose the
release date depends on the country and/or provider.
After having used essentially the same design on the main page for a year or so, I thought
it was about time to change it. Though, as the last time I wanted to change design, I reached
the conclusion that I didn't want to start all over, but rather modify the current design
a bit. So while the 'new' design uses a lot of the same elements as the old one did I still think
it turned out rather nice. Some items were removed, and others moved around a bit, to make
the new main page a bit more compact and hopefully faster to load. I also added a couple of
new backgrounds. Determining the right font color is always pretty difficult, so there may
be some of the text that is a tad difficult to read, due to the background. Otherwise I hope
you'll like the refreshed layout. I have tried to keep it relatively simple, as a fancy layout
is often difficult to get equally aesthetically pleasing in Netscape as well as Microsoft Internet
Explorer. The content is pretty much the same as before, and the design (or the lack of it) in
the other sections of the site was not changed this time around.
As it turns out, Nirvana is mentioned in the 2000 Guinness Book of World Records; "Most songs played
on MTV Europe: Grunge band Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' (1991) is the most played music video
on MTV Europe. It ranked first in the top 10 singles of the 90's poll held by the music station in 1996.
(Pages 197-198)." - "Most Successful Posthumous Albums in the US: Nirvana topped the US charts with MTV
Unplugged in New York in November 1994 and From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah in October 1996. The band's
lead singer, Kurt Cobain, committed suicide in April 1994. (Page 206)". Thanks to 'NegativeCreep' for this
A very interesting story about Nirvana once again topping the charts; "'Revolver,' which bridged the
Beatles' moptop era with their experimental years in the studio, was judged the best album in rock 'n'
roll history by experts in a VH1 poll released Thursday. The Beatles accounted for five of the top 11
on VH1's list of the 100 greatest albums. VH1 polled more than 500 journalists, music executives and
artists. Wyclef Jean, Britney Spears, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello and Roberta Flack
were among the respondents." - "Nirvana's 1991 'Nevermind,' which launched the grunge rock era,
was No. 2 on the list, followed by the Beach Boys' 1966 'Pet Sounds,' which founder Brian Wilson
performed in its entirety on a concert tour last year." Thus, on this prestigious list, compiled by
many of those who know most about the music biz, Nirvana makes it to spot #2 with their legendary
"Nevermind" album. Nirvana thereby got picked in favor of artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan,
The Rolling Stones, The WHO, Fleetwood Mac, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and countless others.
Full story, courtesy
of Yahoo!, AP and VH-1. View the entire Top 100 here.
Thanks to Caren, Michael and a few others for links to this story.
The nominations for the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards were announced a few days ago. The Foo
Fighters are up for one in the category "Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal"
with the song "Learn to Fly". The other four nominees in this category are Bon Jovi, Creed,
Red Hot Chili Peppers and U2. The Foo's are also nominated for "Best Rock Album" with their
latest effort, "There is nothing left to lose". Apparently, there is one thing left :) Finally,
the band is also up for "Best Short Form Music Video", with their hilarious music video for
"Learn to Fly". The show will be aired February 21, 2000 at 8 PM/ET on CBS (in the US). You
can find the full list of nominees at the official Grammy site.
The band Papa Roach just did a cover of Nirvana's "Lithium" on an MTV special called "2001".
An interesting move, considering how Papa Roach is disliked by most Nirvana fans. In other
Papa Roach vs. Nirvana info, in the video for their popular track "Last Resort", a Nirvana
poster is clearly visible. Thanks to Dave for this one. In other MTV news; "Last night on MTV2
(a music channel in the uk) they had the 'Top 75 most requested songs ever'. Nirvana had three
entries with 'Come as you are' being quite low in the chart, 'Heart-Shaped Box' as #12, and 'Smells
Like Teen Spirit' on the number one spot" as usual :) Thanks to Jason for this story. Also
check out a discussion about the Papa Roach cover here.
You can download a soundclip of their cover of "Lithium" here.
Someone noted that "In Bloom" and "Lithium" were also in the above mentioned Top 75.
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