|NFC News 02/2000|
As announced yesterday, the Dutch 'Planet Internet' was hosting a chat with
the Foo Fighters earlier today. The chat went pretty good, though the applet
used for the chat was a tad annoying. I got a couple of my questions answered
by the guys, including if they'd come to Scandinavia anytime soon and what it
was like to perform on David Letterman's recent 'Welcome back' show. I also
asked if Dave had visited this website but I don't believe the question was
answered, as Dave wasn't behind the chat screen at the time. Apparently, the
four band members were taking turns in answering the questions. I put up a
couple of screenshots from the chat that you can check out if you'd like.
Screenshot #1, #2,
#3, #4 and
#5. I'm working on getting a complete log
of the chat, but do let me know if you have one. Once again thanks to Jeroen
for telling us about the event. For the lucky Dutch people, the Foo's will
be playing at the 'Melkweg' in Amsterdam tonight. The same place Nirvana did
a show some ten years ago.
I finally got around to updating the rare pictures gallery with some great
snaps from the Nirvana book "Winterlong". I added nine pictures, all shot
by photographer Steve Gullick who gave me permission to put some of his work
on this site. The photos were mostly shot of the band while they were on the
road, ie. at Reading '91 and in Scandinavia 1992. I hope you'll enjoy the
photos. More from the same book will probably be put up eventually. Check
the first nine scans here, courtesy of Mr. Gullick.
On April 5, 2000 there will be a Nirvana special on the television channel
M2 (MTV 2). They will air a 'Kurt Cobain remembered special', Nirvana's MTV
Unplugged show and a 30min show called 'Nirvana - A video history'. "On 5th
April Kurt Cobain took his own life, he was 27. To mark the 6th anniversary
of his death M2 will be showing a special evening of programming as a tribute
to undoubtedly one of the most important musicians of recent times." Thanks
to 'Wev' for this news. Be sure to mark this day in your calender, as I'm
convinced several other channels will also be airing Nirvana specials this day.
The latest poll "Did you like the new Foo Fighters album, 'There is nothing left
to lose' ?" ended with the following result: 'Yes' - 1113 votes (75%). 'No' - 369
votes (25%). So, out of the roughly 1.500 votes, 3/4 of them were for "Yes". Thus
we should be able to conclude that the wast majority of this website's visitors
enjoyed the latest album by the Foo's. I just put up a new poll: "What is your
favorite part of this website?". This is strictly to determine which part of the
website is most visited. So, go vote already! The poll can be found in the
bottom of the main page.
As announced earlier, the British VH-1 aired a Nirvana/Kurt Cobain special
last night, in honour of his birthday. Unfortunately, it was only aired on
the British VH-1 which is available in the UK only. The European/Nordic VH-1
was airing some Depeche Mode special at the time, while I believe
the US VH-1 aired a Weird Al special. I did obtain a recording of the show's
audio part though. It sounds like an interesting program, offering some common
interviews, live clips and clips of Nirvana's videos. But nothing extraordinary.
Today, Kurt Cobain would have turned 33 as he was born on the 20th of February,
1967. So happy birthday Kurt, wherever you are. Speaking of birthdays, it has
now been about four years since I opened 'The Danish Nirvana Page' upon which
the Internet Nirvana Fan Club was built in April 1997. This site opened on April
8, 1997 so there is still a couple of months to go before we can celebrate the
3-year anniversary of nirvanaclub.com. I don't know the exact date of when the
'Danish Nirvana Page' opened but I believe it was around late February or
early March of 1996. Anyway, happy birthday Kurt. Rest in peace.
As you might know, David Letterman will return to his late show this Monday. He was
away from the show for a couple of weeks due to undergoing heart surgery. Appearing
at the 'welcome back show' will be the Foo Fighters, apparently performing the song
"Everlong" from their second album. David Letterman is said to have requested this
band specifically, and he also requested that they would play "Everlong". This seems
likely as the 'late show band' have been jamming on the song a bunch of times, and the
Foo's themselves have also been on the show playing the song a while ago. So, all you
lucky people in the US can catch the Foo's on Letterman this Monday night on CBS. Other
guests on this show include Regis Philbin and Robin Williams. Thanks to 'stoptherap'
and several others for this story.
Here is a very very interesting, but also mildly disturbing, story from All Star;
"Courtney Love, Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson, and the Estate of Kurt Cobain filed a
lawsuit Thursday (Feb. 17) against two Toronto-based individuals, Ray King and Adam
Corelli, for cybersquatting, among other complaints. Through Homebranch.com, Inc.,
the two men own the Web sites www.kurtcobain.com, www.hole.com, and www.courtneylove.com,
which are not sanctioned by either band. The suit, which was filed in the U.S. District
Court for the Central District of California, states, 'Without plaintiffs' permission or
consent, defendants have engaged in a deliberate scheme to infringe and dilute plaintiffs'
valuable rights in their names and marks.' The sites in question also have 'reproduced,
displayed and distributed in interstate commerce, and therefore infringed, numerous
copyrighted works which Estate of Kurt Cobain owns or in which it has a beneficial
interest.' The www.kurtcobain.com site can easily be mistaken as an official site,
as it has numerous Nirvana audio and video clips, lyrics, and some of Cobain's artwork,
among other materials. In addition to cybersquatting, the plaintiffs' complaints also
include trademark dilution, trademark infringement, statutory misappropriation of name
and right of publicity, unfair competition, and copyright infringement. Also named as
plaintiffs are the Estate's executor Kenneth L. Shubert, Jr.; the End of Music, LLC,
which owns the Kurt Cobain trademark; and Hole's company Doll Head, Inc., which owns
the Hole trademark. They are seeking an amount up to $100,000 for each infringement
by defendants. The suit claims that the infringements total 'more than 90 recordings
of musical works written and/or performed by Kurt Cobain, the lyrics for more than
75 musical works by Mr. Cobain, and at least one video for a musical work written
and performed by Mr. Cobain.' " This story was courtesy of AllStar News. Thanks to
Tyler for the link. Feel free to discuss this on the NFC Discussion Boards.
For the first time in a while, the NFC FAQ was updated. All the text is now 'justified'
to make it look a bit more pretty. A few corrections here and there were done as well.
No new questions/answers were added in this update but they will follow shortly. Check
the FAQ here. Also updated, again, was the Nirvana in movies
and TV section. The US gameshow "Who wants to be a millionaire" has been mentioning the
word 'Nirvana' in their questions several times lately, so that was noted in the file.
Check out the latest update of this file here. Thanks.
The Australian channel 'V' will be airing a Nirvana special this Monday; "Nirvana Special to commemorate Kurt's Birthday (he would have been 33 on Sunday 20 February). We play every Nirvana clip in the [V] library, from the original 'About a Girl', to 'Drain You' (from the final live album 'From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah'). Also an appearance from Weird Al, and a David Bowie song that Nirvana covered on Unplugged in New York - 'The Man Who Sold The World' " Thanks to 'scholar' for this story.
Chad sent in this, which I thought was somewhat interesting; "This is a mass message
too all who have supported Students Against University Censorship in one way or another.
The petition is going strong, we have over 200 signatures, and that's not bad considering
the site has been up for less than a day. Our goal is to obtain 10,000 or more signatures
by March 15, 2000. If we attain that number, we may be able to gain free legal support to
explore our options. We want to fight the RIAA. We have added a news page and mailing list
to the front page, if you want to check that out and subscribe to it, that would be great.
Up Records has decided to support our fight, they sent us a message that you can check out
on the front page. Also, the CEOs of K Records and Sub Pop Records have signed the petition
as well. The key thing we need now is growth. I want to get as many universities in on this
as possible, so it would be great if you could give the organization exposure, if you have
the means to do it." RIAA is the Recording Industry Association of America who have been
cranking down on college campuses lately, to expose students distributing illegal mp3 files.
For more information on this, go here.
A couple of minor updates were done today. The list of Nirvana songs was updated,
fixing a few errors, and the list of Nirvana in movies and TV was updated as well.
Check the list of Nirvana songs here and the latest
update of Nirvana in movies and TV here. Make sure
you also download the two MP3's put up recently, with noise-reduced versions of the
songs Bambi Kill and Clean up before she comes. Both files are offline now, sorry.
The most fanatic "Kurt was murdered" website has once again been updated with
e-mails that were allegedly sent by Kurt's widow, Courtney Love. A while ago,
the guy running the site, Andrew Amirault, also received e-mails from someone
claiming to be Courtney. Amirault shortly after published all of the e-mails to
his website. The fact that the e-mails were sent from a University in Scotland
didn't seem to bother him. Now, the fun continues with another interesting e-mail
allegedly sent by Courtney; "thought you would like to know,that i am a major
succubus,and i wanted to warn you,to stay away from Time Square on April 8th
2000,i have been hired $4500 to dispatch you .Thats all your worth I guess. I
would'nt know.I dont know who you are,I dont know why this person wants you
burried,but he is a very rich man,and he is 29 years old...ring any bells?
Other than that,I dont know much about him.Id thought Id give you a sign
flashing BEWARE. This is not a joke,nor a fake quote. You will be destroyed
if you attend Time Square NY on April 8th." - following that is the line
"im sorry" repeated about 5 billion times. The e-mail is supplemented by an
article written by Andrew Amirault, featuring an interview with himself ... !
Read the article here.
Since most of the reactions to the MP3 I put up yesterday have been positive,
I thought I'd put up another. As Eric correctly noted, these are not actually
"re-masters" since you need the source master recording in order to be able to
produce a re-master. But in lack of a better word, I'm just going to call it a
re-tune up or something. In any case the song "Clean up before she comes", also
from the Outcesticide IV bootleg, had a lot of hiss on it so I removed that and
performed some other small improvements. I think the result is pretty good. You
can download it here. I am not sure when this
track was recorded but it was probably around the same time they recorded the
'Bambi Kill' clip that I put up yesterday. Enjoy!
So I was listening to some of the Outcesticide bootlegs the other day and noticed how
crappy the quality was on some of the tracks. So I decided to do something about it.
While my skills at re-mastering songs are quite poor I think I managed to make a few
songs sound a bit better than they did on their original source. So, for now, I made
a re-master of the song "Bambi Kill" (aka. "Bambi Slaughter") from the Outcesticide IV
bootleg. I tried to remove all the hiss on the track, and I cranked up the decibel rate
a little bit. While the result makes the song sound a bit too 'clean' I'd still argue
that its better than the original. Some speculate that the song was lifted from the
legendary "Fecal Matter Demo", but the most realistic theory is that it was recorded
sometime in early 1988 or late 1987. The song will be online for a limited time, in
MP3 format. Download it here and let me know if
you like it. Ideally you should listen to the 'old' version on Outcesticide IV first.
I just registered the domain "nirvana2.com" which will, for now, merely be an alias of this
website. So if you go to www.nirvana2.com you will automatically see the exact same content
as you can see at www.nirvanaclub.com. So both those URL's basically point to the same files.
This little feature should work for everyone within the next couple of days. If you can't get
nirvana2.com working properly just use nirvanaclub.com as usual. Later it's the plan to put
some sort of Nirvana site up on the domain, possibly several sites. It is still very much up
in the air as to what the domain will be used to host. I am of course not going to build a
whole new Nirvana site just for the sake of that domain name. So while the future of the URL
is decided, you can use it as an alias for NFC.
Dave Grohl just commented on his little drunk driving incident recently; "Foo Fighter Dave Grohl
has taken the time out of his Australian touring schedule to respond to his Jan. 23 run-in with
the law on the band's official Web site. 'Taylor and I had rented these little scooters on our day
off so that we could go riding around from beach to beach,' says Grohl in his posting. 'They were
awesome, little suckers that don't even go 30 mph, but cool nonetheless. The day of the show, we
decided to ride them over to the show grounds instead of taking the shuttle. We played, had fun,
I even brought the scooter up onstage for a laugh, to make fun of Rob Halford. 'After the show we
watched a few more bands, it started to rain, so we decided to get the scooters back to the hotel,'
he continues. 'Taylor and I got on and whizzed our way back towards the hotel. About a mile or two
before the hotel, there was a police breathalyzer stop thingy. Maybe like six or seven cars ahead
of us. They were checking everybody, but I wasn't worried because A) I was on the silliest little
scooter you've ever seen, and B) I only had four or five beers in a period of three and a half or
four hours. I thought they'd wave me by. I wasn't driving recklessly, I wasn't pulled over. I drove
up to them.' Grohl was arrested and spent a few hours in jail in Southport, Australia before being
fined by Southport Magistrates Court on Jan. 31. 'I got fined, and it's over,' he says. 'I wish I
hadn't done it, of course, but I don't want anyone thinking that I'm out here on tour, wrapping cars
around trees ... just riding rental scooters straight into the police's hands. So, people, I guess
if there's anything to learn here, it's don't drive after a few beers, even if you feel entirely
capable like I did,' he continues. 'Don't underestimate the definition of a 'Motor Vehicle,' and
always let Gus [Foo Fighters' manager] drive you home. Sorry if you all think I'm a dork. Believe me,
I feel like a total dickweed, but you gotta kinda laugh. Ever see that scene in Dumb and Dumber where
they take the mini-bike to Aspen? Picture that, but here down under.' " Thanks to AllStar News and
foofighters.com for this story.
I just received permission from photographer Steve Gullick to put up some of his work on
this site. A lot of the photos he shot of Nirvana are presented in the book "Winterlong",
published late last year in the UK - accompanied by an extensive exhibit of the photos
in the book. Steve followed the band on their 1992 Scandinavian tour, at the Reading '91
festival and several other interesting dates. So, some of his terrific Nirvana photos
will be put up on the site soon. Special thanks to Steve Gullick for granting permission.
The 5th NFC Competition finally ended today and the winners were randomly picked. It surprised me a bit that only a little more than 300 people entered, but in any case, out of those the two lucky winners of the first prize - a signed edition of the new book "Winterlong" - are: Nitzan Chelouche and Magnus Valen. The lucky winner of the second prize is Peder Enĝe Pedersen while the lucky winner of the third prize is Henri Immonen. Congratulations to the four winners. We will have yet another competition up for you soon. I still have a couple of signed copies of the "Winterlong" book left that will be given away in future competitions. Thanks to Proud Galleries and Esprit Records for providing the great prizes for the 5th NFC Competition.
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