|NFC News 03/2002|
- - - March 29 & 30, 2002 - - -
As usual, this early April will see some interesting Nirvana related shows on TV. MTV 2
in the US have lined up several treats for Nirvana fans. On April 3 at 12 PM, a 60
minute show called "Artist Collection" will be on. It is apparently a show featuring
Nirvana's music videos and probably some live clips as well. Then, Nirvana's Unplugged
show will be aired on April 5 at 4 PM. The 'Bare Witness' special about the Unplugged
taping airs after the show, at 5 PM the same day. Finally, the most interesting show
is actually some footage that hasn't been shown before on MTV, to my knowledge. This
happens with the show "Nirvana: Unseen From The MTV Studios" which features the performance
the band did for MTV on January 10, 1992. Songs from this appearance have aired over
the years but not every song. The setlist should be as follows: Drain You / School /
Molly's Lips / Polly / Aneurysm / Smells Like Teen Spirit / Territorial Pissings. This
interesting show airs April 5 at 9 PM. It is worth to mention that a bootleg video of
the 01/10/92 show (including soundcheck) has been traded for a number of years. Thanks to
Mayank and Tony for the news. Here is the full schedule of upcoming Nirvana specials on MTV 2 (in the US):
MTV2 in the UK also have a Nirvana special planned for April 5:
A short Cobain special airs on BBC Choice on April 2; "BBC Choice joins America's disillusioned youth outside the house where Nirvana rock star Kurt Cobain once lived, in Seattle, on the anniversary of his suicide."
If you know of any other Nirvana/Kurt Cobain related shows airing on TV this April, let me know!
Jamie sent in a snippet from the interview with Dave Grohl, featured in the latest issue of Kerrang! magazine in the UK: Dave Grohl speaks of the time that Pat Smear was in the Foo Fighters. Smear, you may remember, was also a member of the LA punk band the Germs, whose singer Darby Crash died of a heroin overdose on the day before the murder of John Lennon. Grohl tells of how he never felt comfortable asking Smear about those days, partly for fear of making him feel old, but mostly out of awe and respect. Occasionally though, Pat Smear would tell a story about the old days, a story to which Grohl would listen with wide eyes and open mouth. Well, what a coincidence. And what similarity. Dave Grohl does speak of Nirvana, but he glides into the subject of his own accord. You get the impression that Grohl will speak on the subject only if he chooses to, and that to wade in with a direct and obtrusive question would cause his mouth to snap shut like a mantrap. On this occasion it comes from speaking of his work with Queens Of The Stone Age. Grohl played drums on the band's forthcoming third album, 'Songs for the Deaf' - an album he describes as being so good 'it will change the face of music' - and two weeks ago played an already legendary set with the band at the tiny and famous Troubador club, two miles west and one block north on Santa Monica Boulevard. It was the first time that Grohl had sat at the back of the stage for eight full years.
"That show was so important to me because it was the first time I'd played in a band since Nirvana," he says. "Because of the way that band ended, anything to do with Nirvana has now become somehow legendary. So people think of the studio where we recorded 'Nevermind' (Sound City in the San Fernando Valley) and consider it to be legendary. Which is stupid, it's just a f**king studio. But everything becomes spoken in these hushed tones. Like Kurt. Kurt's become a legend, but he was just a man."
"Is that strange for you?"
"Well, the way I relate to it - because I was the drummer in Nirvana, and because everything related to it somehow becoming legendary - people seem to consider me a legendary drummer. Let me tell you, I am not a great drummer, not by a long way. And so the gig with Queens was the most pressure I've felt in a long time. It was like I was playing in a great rock band with the weight of having been the drummer in another great band weighing on my shoulders. You know, the reason I didn't just join another band after Nirvana ended was because of the feeling I had a week ago playing in Queens Of The Stone Age, which was just the greatest feeling. And that's the feeling I needed. All of that bullshit that has to do with the urban myth of Nirvana," and here Grohl begins to speak in hushed, 'scary' movie trailer tones, "the band that imploded, the band that broke down, the band that ended in tragedy and despair. After going through all that chaos and misery and pain as it happened, having to go into a miserable situation again would have been a bad idea."
Dave Grohl, along with Krist Novoselic, is presently involved in a legal tussle with Kurt Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, over the rights to unreleased Nirvana music, a tussle which does nothing justice, least of all the music. It's a topic he's reluctant to broach.
"I don't know if I can talk about that," he says.
Not even in general terms? For example, are you tired of this dragging on?
"Well, I'm not a lawyer, so I don't deal with it on a day to day basis. But there are a few things that are a burden to me. It's unfortunate that the music is being held hostage..." and here Dave Grohl pauses "... to somthing..." and here Dave Grohl pauses again "...as dirty as..." and here Dave Grohl pauses again "...business and lawyers".
Are you tired of this feud?
I suppose it's past the point of calling Ms Love up to say, 'Look, this has gotten silly...'?
"Yes it has," he says. "But what are you gonna do? It's kind of out of our hands. All I can do is show up in court when I'm asked to and tell the truth. Krist and I have done nothing wrong. But there's stuff on the box set that's absolutely killer, and that's what's a drag. The people aren't getting to hear that stuff. The last song we ever wrote, 'You Know You're Right', is a trip, it's a f**king weird song; it's both beautiful and disturbing. It doesn't really give you a sense of closure. In fact, it makes you feel worse about the whole situation, which is weird... So I wish this box set would come out. Plus, there's stuff on there that I haven't even heard. I'm sure that when I hear it I'll be like 'What the f**k was that?'." Thanks to Jamie for the transcript, and thanks a bunch to Kerrang! for the great interview. Read the full interview in the magazine. It's nice to see Grohl finally talk a bit about Nirvana - a topic he has done a great deal to avoid, unfortunately.
Some additional interesting news from the same issue of Kerrang! as the above Grohl interview is taken from; "The latest Foo Fighters record is nearly finished, but not quite. Grohl has decided to take two weeks to write more songs, songs that will encompass a 'dark, dissonant, creepy, romantic' side of the band that will add a balance the author feels is missing from the 14 tracks recorded so far. Inside the mixing room Grohl plays three finished songs at cranium denting volume. Two of these songs, 'All My Life' and 'Have It All' are first listen attention grabbers. 'Walking A Line', featuring background vocals from one Krist Novoselic, doesn't quite grab the ear in the same way. At least not with Grohl stood at your back, intimidating the bones from you." Thanks to Jamie and Chris McCarthy.
Jack W. Morefield sent in a scan of his beautiful painting of Kurt Cobain (see example on the right). Here's some more information about it;
"I am a songwriter, and Kurt has been the biggest influence in that area. I think he was a genius, and I knew I had to try to portray how I felt about him on canvas. I have painted a lot of celebs, and think this is perhaps my best one. It measures 4'x5' and is currently on display in a gallery in Charleston, SC. It was painted in 2001 and is acrylic on canvas." Mr. Morefield has also done paintings of artists such as Moby, ICE-T, Dennis Hopper, Chris Farley and Jimi Hendrix. You can view examples of his fantastic artwork here. Click here for a larger version of the Cobain painting.
- - - March 25, 2002 - - -
In the February 2002 issue of British Q Magazine, there is an article about the legal
fight between Krist Novoselic/Dave Grohl and Courtney Love; "There
was a page done boxing poster style, 'Courtney Love 'Wicked Witch of the West' vs 'Grappling'
Dave Grohl AKA 'The Foo Fighter' & Krist Novoselic 'The Crazy Croatian,' about the legal fight."
Also, in a recent issue of Rolling Stone there is a brief mention of the fact that Kurt Cobain's
journals will be released in book form later this year.
- - - March 24, 2002 - - -
Finally some news on the long expected movie "Highway" aka. "Trip". Originally entitled "A Leonard
Cohen Afterworld", the movie caused quite a stir early on, when it was to feature a scene from the
1994 Seattle memorial for Kurt Cobain. In order for this to happen, the vigil had to be 're-created'
for the film. The plot of the movie is loosely described as follows; "Jack (Jared
Leto) is a Gen-Exer with nowhere to go until he gets caught in bed with the wrong woman. Now, with three
thugs after him, he and best pal Pilot (Jake Gyllenhaal) hit the road to Seattle. Along the way, they
encounter sexy Cassie (Selma Blair), who decides to hitch a ride. Together, they end up on the wildest
trip of their lives! Told against the raw grunge music backdrop of the mid-'90's, Highway confronts life,
death, and love head-on to remind us that the road goes in many directions, but where it takes us tomorrow
depends on the lessons learned today."
- - - March 22, 2002 - - -
Krist's new band Eyes Adrift are about to embark on another short US tour. Here are the tourdates:
Thanks to Whitey for the dates.
Another interesting Courtney Love story; "COURTNEY LOVE made a rare public appearance in LONDON last night (March 21), DJing at former CREATION RECORDS impresario ALAN McGEE's new club night, DEATH DISCO. Love arrived at the central London Metro Club well past midnight and took to the decks for over an hour. Picking through pal McGee's record bag, the former Hole frontwoman played tracks by The Strokes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Stooges, and couldn't resist playing The Hives, the band she recently said were better than late husband Kurt Cobain's Nirvana. Love was accompanied on the evening by Anita Pallenberg, the former girlfriend of Keith Richards and original rock chick. She dedicated Primal Scream's 'Swastika Eyes' to Pallenberg. There was tight security around Love when she was DJing, with security guards positioned by the booth preventing eager clubbers getting too close. When not playing tunes, Love was sashaying to them on the dancefloor." Story courtesy of NME. A person claiming to be at the club last night, experiencing Courtney's DJ-fest, submitted the following; "She started around 1 AM and went for over two hours playing stuff like The Ramones, Johnny Thunders, The Hives (she came out and gave a little dance to that one), Primal Scream, Strokes, and most interestingly she played the studio recording of 'You Know You're Right' twice. The first time she turned on the DJ mic and said 'None of you have heard this and if any of you record it, I'll fuc##ing kill you' but when it played, the sound levels were screwed, so I'd imagine being the perfect little girl she is - she didn't fancy playing us a shoddy version and turned it off, only to play it again all the way through an hour or so later." I don't know if this is true, but it's certainly interesting! Anyone who recorded it? ;) Thanks to Alastair.
One of the NFC Moderators, Marcel Wegner, did an interview that was published in the biggest newspaper in Holland. Here's the background; "On my homepage, I have a Dutch section about a new Dutch politician, Pim Fortuyn, who discriminates and is racist. And the worst part: He's getting a lot of votes. So many votes that he is likely to get into the coalition when the elections in May are over. In that section of my site, I critisize discriminating statements of this politician. In fact, that section is the only site on the Internet that focuses on going against that particular politician, Pim Fortuyn. A few days ago, I got an e-mail from a reporter from the biggest and most-read newspaper in Holland ('Trouw'), asking me to cooperate on something he wanted to do. He wanted to portray some 'Pim Fortuyn websites', pro and contra, and the people behind it. I said yes. In the interview, I mentioned that my Pim Fortuyn site is part of my homepage. Then I mentioned the fact that my homepage is hosted by the biggest Nirvana community on the web, www.nirvanaclub.com, where I moderate 2 of the five forums. Then I specified my 'job' here." The comment about this site was in fact printed in the article, published earlier today. You may view a scan of the article here. A huge congrats to Mr. Wegner for getting his interview published!
Earlier this month, I mentioned a new documentary that Steven James from Canada was working on. Here's an update on that; "I've got a site up now for my documentary now; it's www.nevermindyear.tv. Also, MuchMoreMusic (a Canadian video channel) said that their news show 'In the Loop' MIGHT run a news item on my documentary later." Thanks to Steven!
- - - March 19, 2002 - - -
Here's a funny story about Courtney Love; "Arguably, Courtney Love's Q&A panel
with Los Angeles Times' Chuck Phillips was one of the best performances at this year's South by
Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Her main goal of the day was to detail her elaborate
lawsuit against the Universal Music Group and help people see what is wrong with the business.
So, what is wrong with it? -- the lack of a seven-year statute, questionable accounting, lack of
healthcare, no pensions, legal conflicts of interest, and all of the problems caused by the consolidation
of the industry. She even addressed her own credibility as an artist rights spokesperson. 'One lawyer said,
I could win this case if I had a more sympathetic artist. Hey guess what? I can talk about sex and drugs.
I can talk about the time I fu##ed a girl. I can talk about injectables. You can't do that with LeAnn Rimes, so
I am the sympathetic artist! I can say whatever the hell I want because [she leans into the audience] don't tell
anyone in America, but I used to have a drug problem.' On suing Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic: 'It's a boring ass
case. You all are giving it way too much play. I'll win it in a sec.' " Story courtesy of All Star.
Apart from these tidbits, the bootleg also contains 'Buzz Cut' (the original intro to the song 'Love Buzz'), 'Sifting' from a December 24 1988 recording session, and various covers. The incomplete cut of 'Old Age' that was first posted on the Internet by the Seattle newspaper The Stranger also found it's way to the disc. I believe the bootleg has not started circulating yet, so I don't know where to get it. Please don't ask. This information (as well as the beautiful artwork scan) was provided by digitalnirvana.net, where you can also find detailed reviews of the first five Outcesticide bootlegs. Thanks to Mitch.
- - - March 14, 2002 - - -
This past week saw the first ever Nirvana conference, arranged by a group of fans from the
website livenirvana.com; "The first ever international NIRVANA conference was held in Oxford,
UK on Saturday, March 9th. The conference was organised by Charles Furth and Adam Andrews of
www.LiveNIRVANA.com. Attendees came from six countries and participated in numerous NIRVANA-related
activities, from discussion forums to quizzes. For those who were unable to attend, another conference
is being planned for Seattle this summer - details will be announced nearer the time." The people
attending came from countries such as Holland, USA and Greece. You can find more information on the
conference as well as some funny pictures at the livenirvana.com discussion board. Thanks to Charles Furth.
Today, the Chicago Sun-Times published a very lengthy Nirvana article by Jim DeRogatis who
interviewed Kurt Cobain in 1993. The article goes over a number of topics, most notably the
lawsuits and unreleased Nirvana songs. Jim recently visited Courtney Love and got to listen
to some of these songs, including 'You Know You're Right'; "It is even more
potent than the rendition that lives in memory and on bootlegs of the [Chicago 10/23/93] Aragon
show, thanks to a moody intro built on some weird, echoed harmonics; lyrics that are made more
poignant by knowledge of Cobain's fate ('I would move away from here/You won't be afraid of fear...
Things have never been so swell/And I have never felt so well'), and a searing solo that stands
among the guitarist's very best. It is no exaggeration to call this 'the great lost Nirvana single.'
And lost is how it sadly remains--at least for the foreseeable future." - "After the musician's death,
when Love fled Seattle and the glare of the media spotlight, Hole guitarist and Cobain pal Eric Erlandson
went through the couple's house and 'rescued' the star's journals, art work, and 109 cassette tapes, lest
they be stolen or lost in the chaos of the time. [Courtney's manager Jim] Barber and Love admit that they
haven't yet catalogued the contents of all of these tapes, which sit in a safe deposit box. Most are rehearsal
tapes or cassettes of studio mixes, but they say that a number contain other 'lost' Cobain tunes--some recorded
alone on acoustic guitar in his bedroom, and some taped with outside musicians like Erlandson, Hole drummer Patti
Schemel, and Nirvana touring guitarist Pat Smear. 'There's some really melodic stuff, and there's some
garbage,' Love says. 'Some stuff is box set-y, but other stuff, we don't want to pass it up. We don't want
to get all 'Free As A Bird' about it, but there's stuff that's too good to bury.' "
Steven James from Canada sent in some interesting info about a film he is working on;
"It is a one-hour documentary for Canadian television. 'Told from the perspective of aging Nirvana fan, Steven
James May, The Nevermind Year explores the relationship between the tragic death of punk-rock icon Kurt
Cobain, and May’s own search for meaning in his 28th birth year.' I'm currently ramping up for production, and I
would welcome feedback from the fan community. I'm particularly interested in hearing 1) stories about when fans
first heard the news of Kurt's death, and 2) their thoughts on the current legal battle(s) surrounding the proposed
Nirvana Box-set." If you want to help out Steven with the above notes, send him feedback here.
Thanks to Steven James for the story.
Another story related to the release of Cobain's journals; "Avoiding what was expected to be an
intense bidding war over Kurt Cobain's journals, a New York imprint snapped up the world publishing rights on Monday
for a seven-figure sum. Publishers who got an advance look at the diaries were told to submit their bids by 11 a.m. on
Monday (see), but the auction was called off around 10 a.m. after a deal was struck with Riverhead Books, a division of
Penguin Putnam. 'The journals are an intimate, unadulterated portrait of an artist of great influence,' Riverhead's Julie
Grau, who will be the project's editor, said in a statement released Tuesday (February 26). 'They reveal Cobain's vision and
design, they document his creative and personal struggles. They are insightful, provocative, moving, funny and show him to be
very smart and very aware.' Riverhead Books plans to publish the still-untitled work as a hardcover by October or November,
[Jim] Barber said. As for the book's promotion and marketing, which Love was said to be very concerned about, the details are
still being worked out. 'What we do know is that we plan to publish with great care and great thought, which is what it deserves,'
said Riverhead spokesperson Marilyn Ducksworth. Love will have limited promotional involvement, Barber said. 'She might do an
interview about the decision to publish it, but it's not her book. It's Kurt's book. I don't think her name should be mentioned
in connection with it. The family, the estate made the decision. Courtney is part of that decision, but she's not the decision.'
Proceeds from the book will go to Cobain's estate, which is controlled by Love as its executor." Story courtesy of Yahoo!
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