|NFC News 04/2001|
Courtney Love has made some additional posts over at the official Hole website,
talking about the boxed set. Though, among other things, she also states that
Chad Channing (former Nirvana drummer) has more publishing rights to the band
than Krist and Dave put together. She also shares her plans of dissolving the
company holding the Nirvana trademark, Nirvana LLC, since she feels that there
is "no legal way the partnership should have been formed", on the basis that
Kurt wrote 98% of the songs (the partnership consists of Kurt as well as Krist
and Dave). She talks about how she has more than 100 tapes of unreleased material
in her possession, and wants to release it on her own, and not participate with
Krist's boxed set. In addition, she claims Nirvana legally ceased to exist in 1994.
You can read quotes from her posts here.
I have spent the last three weeks or so writing a new database driven Discussion Board script
for the site - which has now been implemented. The script replaces the old one - "The Ultimate
Bulletin Board" - that had been in use for a couple of years. While being a nice script, especially
after several modifications and new features being added by me, it suffered from being slow and
instabile - and had several security flaws. In addition, it was quite expensive, requiring a $250
fee. In fact, a large business (300+ employees) would have to cough up $4.299 for a "Non-
expiring license" for using the script (source: Infopop Corporation). The new script should be faster
than the old one, a little easier on the eyes, and offer most of the basic features the old one
did. Most of the bugs and errors have been fixed now, and the script seems to be running fairly
well. Since it's implementation a few days ago, it has gotten about 1.000 new messages a day. A
large number of the messages made to the "old" board are available in the archive
(more to be added shortly). Thanks to the wonderful people who created PHP and MySQL and thanks
for making it free. Also thanks to my host for refusing to install the latest PHP, forcing me to
make the script database driven, as opposed to using files ;) Check out the board here.
An interesting e-mail I got the other day; "This e-mail is 'official notification' that your site --
The Internet Nirvana Fan Club -- is now mentioned in print! Your web site is mentioned in the new book,
The Incredible Internet Guide to Pop Music! Our 330+ page book lists your site along with over 3000 of
the hottest music sites! Borders, Barnes & Noble, and many other national bookstore chains have the book
in stock! The Incredible Internet Guide to Pop Music shows you the best sites for over 60 of today's top
music artists, including Madonna, Britney Spears, Eminem, Nsync, Destiny's Child, The Dixie Chicks, Lenny
Kravitz, Creed, Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, Janet Jackson, Oasis, Faith Hill, Stone Temple Pilots and tons
more! The Incredible Internet Guide to Pop Music also includes the official web sites for hundreds of other
artists, music resources online, and a whole chapter on the best in Internet radio." Courtesy of Facts on
"My name is Sean and I'm from Canada. I just thought I would let you know
that Mudhoney is playing a concert on May 11, 2001 in Seattle at the Crocodile
Café. This is their only concert scheduled at the moment." Thanks to Sean.
MTV Europe are having a "Legends" special this weekend. They will be airing various
shows and music videos focusing on music legends such as Kurt Cobain, Madonna, Michael
Jackson and others. Today, they aired the "Bare Witness" special again. It's possible
that there will also be mentions of Nirvana tomorrow.
"Nirvana will be on the VH1 show, 'All Access: 25 Years of Punk' on Thursday, April 19,
along with other artists like Pearl Jam, RHCP, Ramones, RATM, R.E.M., Sonic Youth and others.
The Foo Fighters will be on the same show as well. The Foo Fighters will also be on CBS: 'The
Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn' on the same day." Thanks to Daniel for passing this on,
courtesy of Wall of Sound.
A brand new book about the band Alice in Chains has just been released.
The band, often described alongside Nirvana and Pearl Jam as "Grunge",
is also loved by many Nirvana fans. "Unchained - The story of Mike Starr
and his rise and fall in Alice in Chains" tells the story of the band by
the words of their former bassist (Mike Starr); " ... it uncovers many
mysteries and much of the mystique of Alice in Chains and what role heroin
played in the band's fate." - "'Unchained ...' is the life story of the
Grunge band's founding bass player. It details how fame and fortune can
go awry when heroin enters the mix. It's based on interviews with Mike,
his family, and his close friends." - "The result of the 16-month long
writing odyssey reveals more stories about rockers and celebrities than
John Brandon [the author] expected to hear. 'Unchained' contains exclusive
stories about Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, Pauly Shore, Matt Dillon, Van
Halen, Pearl Jam, and Evel Knievel." Cobain was a fan of Alice in Chains
and the book contains several mentions of him, including a story where Kurt
tried to approach the band at one of their concerts, only to be knocked off
stage by a bodyguard. After reading a few pages, it seems to be quite an
interesting book, and it dares to answer the question "Why is heroin destroying
so many young lives?" - a question that is particular relevant in the Nirvana
fan community. If you live in the US and want to order a copy of the book,
simply call this number: 1-800-247-6553. You can also get it from
here. The price is just $12.95
US dollars, plus $4 for shipping (international shipping might be higher).
"Joey Ramone, lead singer of legendary punk band the Ramones, passed
away at 2:40 p.m. Sunday at the age of 49. The towering front man, born
Jeffrey Hyman, did not respond to treatment for lymphatic cancer, a disease
that attacks the body's ability to fight infection. Along with his cohorts
Johnny, Tommy and Dee Dee all of whom adopted Ramone as a surname Joey was
credited with helping found the modern punk movement. In mixing the griminess
of the New York streets with a love of bubblegum pop, '60s girl groups and the
Stooges, the Ramones inspired everyone from the Sex Pistols and the Clash to
Green Day and Blink-182 to stake their turf on four dirty chords and an (often)
inane hook." Story courtesy of MTV.
Dimitri sent in this one; "[There will be] a big party in Hamburg:
KURT COBAIN MEMORIAL NIGHT No.4. Friday 13.04.2001 at 21.00 (9 PM).
The price is DM 12.- or DM 15.-. The address: Neuer Kamp 30, 20357
Hamburg - St. Pauli. The party will include: 1) Multimedia-Slideshow
with more then 300 pics of Kurt Cobain. 2) They will show 'KURT &
COURTNEY' on the big screen. 3) Disco with Alternative-Rock-Hits from
1990 - 2001 with a lot of Nirvana stuff. 4) Virtual Nirvana concert on
the big screen etc." Go to www.nirvana1.de for more info. Thanks to
Dimitri for this info. Click here for
a flyer about the event. Sorry for not posting this sooner.
Today, it's been exactly seven years since Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home by electrician Gary Smith. MTV Europe were airing a live show called "Most Wanted" at the time, and the host (Ray Cokes) first reported that "a man had been found dead in the home of Kurt Cobain". Later in the show, it was announced that it was in fact Kurt himself. This was probably the moment where most Nirvana fans in Europe heard the news, and MTV Europe have never had as many viewers as they did that faithful weekend. I have put up some movie files of the two above moments on MTV in the show "Most Wanted" that I taped 7 years ago. Click here for the first clip, where Ray Cokes announces that a person has been found dead in the home of Kurt Cobain. Then click here for the second clip, which features the announcement and a clip of Nirvana's "Come as you are" video. I am sure there are many fans out there who remember this moment like it was yesterday. The two files are in the 'Windows Media Video V8' format, and can be played back with a recent version of the Windows Media Player. To keep the file size low, the quality isn't the greatest. Both clips are ©1994 MTV Europe.
One of the first (if not the first) reports from the Associated Press (AP) read; "SEATTLE (AP) Kurt Cobain, the troubled lead singer of the hugely popular grunge rock band Nirvana, shot himself to death at his home, sources said today. A police source in Seattle confirmed the man found dead in Cobain's home today was the singer-songwriter. And in Los Angeles, an MCA Inc. executive told AP Entertainment Writer John Horn that Ed Rosenblatt, the president of Nirvana label Geffen Records, informed parent MCA Records that Cobain was dead. For the record, officials said only that a man roughly Cobain's age had been found shot to death at the home, a suicide note nearby. The body, described as that of a white male in his 20s, was discovered by an electrician who went to the home this morning to do some work, said police spokeswoman Vinette Tichi. Nirvana pioneered grunge rock and is known for the multimillion-selling 1991 album 'Nevermind,' which featured the hit 'Smells Like Teen Spirit.' Another best-selling album, 'In Utero,' was issued last year. Cobain, 28 [sic], wrote the music and anguished lyrics to most of their songs. Medical Examainer Dr. Donald Reay said officials are 'working on the presumption' that the deceased is Cobain. He gave no details. In Aberdeen, Cobain's mother, Wendy O'Connor, said her son had been missing for six days and that she feared he would be found dead. She said she had no official confirmation the dead man was her son, but said, 'Now he's gone and joined that stupid club,' referring to the early deaths of such rock stars as Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison. 'I told him not to join that stupid club,' she said."
"In early March, Cobain spent several days in a Rome hospital after falling into a drug-and-alcohol- induced coma. Tichi said the body, found in a cottage apartment above a detached garage, had been there about a day. The man had suffered a shotgun wound to the head. She gave no detail on the content of the suicide note. A spokesman for Cobain's management company, Michael Meisel of Gold Mountain Entertainment in Los Angeles, said they had heard nothing. Meisel didn't know whether Cobain was in Seattle or not. When he fell ill last month, Cobain had reportedly gone to Rome with his wife, Courtney Love, also a singer, and their daughter to recover from health problems that had forced the band to cancel two recent concert dates in Europe. The grunge style features second-hand shabbiness in attire and ear-splitting iconoclasm in music. Along with rival Pearl Jam, the three-member Nirvana made Seattle a leading center of alternative pop music, and the grunge look was even picked up by fashion designers. Michael Azerrad, author of 'Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana,' said the songs are so popular because they speak to the worries of people in their 20s. 'The divorce, the violence, the drugs, the diminished opportunities for an entire generation that is so crucial to the sound of their music and the success of their music,' he said in a 1993 Associated Press interview. 'The band translated that pain and anger and confusion into musical soundwaves very directly that hit a nerve among a large amount of kids,' Azerrad said. Love, lead singer of the rock band Hole, also was treated for heroin use, her lawyer said while filing a lawsuit against her doctor last year. The couple's daughter, Frances, was born in 1992. Love's band is known for the albums 'Pretty in the Inside' and a new one, 'Live Through This.' Cobain was the product of a gritty boyhood in Aberdeen, a rough-and-tumble coastal logging town. In a Los Angeles Times interview last fall, he recalled being intensely alienated from most of his boyhood acquaintances when he sought painting rather than sports and a life beyond work in the woods, on the docks or at lumber mills in town. 'Yeah, you know, there were a lot of Beavises and Buttheads back there,' he said. 'The only difference is they weren't as clever as the guys on TV.' AP-DS-04-08-94 1537EDT." Courtesy of The Associated Press, ©1994. Check out the following photos, from April 8th, released by the AP; #1, #2, #3.
On March 13 1994 (just a few weeks before Kurt died), MTV Europe had a "Nirvana Sunday" special. Throughout this day, they played Nirvana's videos, the Unplugged show, the terrific "Past, Present and Future" special and the complete "Live and Loud" show (including performances by The Breeders, Cypress Hill and Nirvana as well as comments from the hosts Anthony and Flea of RHCP). The Nirvana Sunday started at 8:00 AM with the early video for "In Bloom" and was hosted by the beautiful Marijne Van Der Vlugt. MTV made a little promo for their 'Nirvana Sunday' that I also taped -- you can view it here. The quality of this clip should be a bit better.
"In the latest issue of Spin magazine, '25 years of punk' with Sid Vicious on the cover, there are many mentions of Nirvana. Included are a picture of Kurt, In Utero listed as 1 of the 50 most essential punk records, and Dave Grohl kissing Krist on SNL as 1 of the 5 best times punk was on TV. Also, in the special collector's issue of Guitar Legends, with Hendrix on the cover, there is a picture and article about Kurt being 1 of the 100 greatest guitarists." Thanks to 'paper cuts' for this info.
"Karl over at Weezer's fanclub site has posted the rest of the Nirvana songs covered by Weezer in
1998. At this site, the rest of the show where
Weezer disguised themselves as Goat Punishment and played a bunch of Nirvana covers is downloadable
as MP3s." The setlist includes:
Thanks to Scott, Kyle and Jon-Paul for this news.
"On MTV Cribs, I saw this on April 5th, Kurts death date, they showed Dave Navarro's home. At his home he had a purple case with one of Kurt Cobain's guitars. He said Kurt had lent it to him but he never had a chance to return it and it's [his] most prized posession." Thanks to Matt for this story. Thanks to Scott, Jay and others for correcting the name.
After 2454 total votes, the 19th NFC Poll - "What should be the main content of the box-set?" was concluded with the following result; "CD's" - 1143 votes (47%), "Videos" - 849 votes (35%), "DVD's" - 263 votes (11%), "Books/mags etc." - 72 votes (3%), "Other (shirts etc.)" - 127 votes (5%). Thus, just about half the voters thought that the forthcoming boxed set should mainly consist of CDs, but a lot of people also wanted DVDs and Videos. Hopefully, the finished product will be a mix of those. Thanks to everyone for voting! Maybe this will help give the Nirvana people a push in the right direction :) Another poll has been put up; "What is your favorite B-side?" B-sides are usually released on singles and compilations. All of the choices are songs that have been released officially, with the exception of "You've Got No Right". I figured I'd include it since a lot of people have listened to the live recording from a bootleg, and since it will more than likely be featured on the upcoming boxed set from NIRVANA.
The schedule of upcoming stuff about Nirvana on TV has been updated again. Especially MTV Germany and MTV2 in the UK will be paying tribute to Kurt Cobain this weekend. Thanks to Dimitri and Stephan for updates.
"On page 5 of Kerrang! [magazine] #847, in the top right corner, it says that
Nirvana's "Smells like teen spirit" has been voted Kerrang! readers' favourite
promo clip. The video was the first shown on Kerrang! TV when it hit screens on
April 2nd. It states the Top Ten as: 1: Nirvana - Smells like teen spirit;
2: Metallica - Enter sandman; 3: Limp bizkit - Break stuff; 4: Marilyn Manson
- Beautiful people; 5: Slipknot - Wait n bleed; 6: Korn - Freak on a leash;
7: Foo Fighters - Learn to fly; 8: Deftones - Back to school; 9: Red hot chili
peppers - Give it away; 10: Rage against the machine - Sleep now in the fire."
Thanks to Daniel for this info.
Today, it's been exactly 7 years since Kurt Cobain died. Born on February
20, 1967, he would only live to be 27. A lot of people have written poems
and songs about this faithful day. Some of these can be found in the special
tribute section - others in the
vault. Rest in peace, Kurt Cobain.
As you may know, there will be a lot of Nirvana specials on TV this
week (mostly the Unplugged show) in light of the 7th anniversary of Kurt
Cobain's death. The TV schedule has been updated and can be seen under the
April 1 update, or as a printable text file here.
Thanks to GrungeGirl and others for updates.
Today, it has been exactly 4 years since this domain was registered, and in 6 days it will have been 4 years since the actual website on this URL opened. Work on the actual website you are looking at now started in 1995, however, and was initally known as "The Danish Nirvana Homepage" - a site that started sometime around March of 1996. Check out the museum for more information. Today, this site is being visited by more than 100.000 people every month and has an active discussion board with more than 3.400 registered users and thousands of new posts each month. In fact, the discussion board archive dating back to August 5 last year contains nothing less than 10.897 topics (threads) comprising a half gigabyte of text. Assuming that each topic has received a mean of 20 posts (just an assumption), some 218.000 posts are available in the archive :) It is also worth to mention that there is a handful of active users who have made more than 7.000 posts each. Thanks a bunch to all the visitors and discussion board users. And don't forget to click the sponsor banners in order to bring the site into a 5th anniversary next year!
The lucky winners of the 8th NFC Competition have now been found. The first prize went to Per Amundsson, second prize to John William, third prize to Andrew Mcintosh and finally the 4th prize was won by Jason Gerber. Congrats to all the winners. Another competition will be up soon.
Apparently, Paul McCartney has purchased Courtney Love's home; "Paul McCartney, tired of staying in hotels, has bought a $4 million, 4,700-square-foot house in the Hollywood Hills. The former Beatle purchased the French Country-style house from rocker-actress Courtney Love, who bought it in 1997 from Ellen DeGeneres. Before closing escrow about a week ago, McCartney had been leasing the home from Love. Love bought a $2.8 million loft in New York in November, and plans to keep a smaller home in Los Angeles." Story courtesy of Yahoo! There is a rumour going that his condition for signing the deal was that Courtney left some Nirvana/Kurt Cobain memorabilia in the house!
"Breed: The Nirvana Webring" has been resurrected. The webring had been left more or less unattended for quite a while now, and a lot of the sites in it were no longer active. A few days ago, the majority of sites in the ring were deleted as they were either no longer active, or because they didn't have the proper HTML code for the ring on their page. The webring, founded in 1996 by Ed Dame, has now been handed over to Robbin Pennycuick who will be maintaining it. The webpage for "Breed: The Nirvana Webring" - hosted by this site - was re-designed from scratch and made up-to-date. If you have a Nirvana website and would like to join the webring, just go to this page for further instructions.
On MTV Europe they will have a special Kurt Cobain night on April 5,
beginning with the "Bare Witness" special at 9.30 PM followed by the
MTV Unplugged show at 10 PM, both Central European Time (CET). Thanks
to Christian and others for this news. MTV2 in Europe doesn't have any
Nirvana specials scheduled, but they are running a lot of videos from
the alternative music scene throughout the day, so it would be odd if
a Nirvana video wasn't among them - and there are also a couple of viewers
choice shows throughout the evening. On the British VH-1 they are airing
the "Egos and Icons" special on Nirvana at 9 PM, British time. The show
is "An in-depth profile of the band fronted by Kurt Cobain". In addition,
at 12:30 AM they are airing a "Greatest Hits" special featuring Nirvana.
While MTV2 are not having any Nirvana related programmes on April 5, they
do on April 8. At 9 PM (On April 8) they will air a show called "Kurt Cobain
- A Tribute" followed by the "Bare Witness" special on 9:30 PM. Then, at
10 PM they are also airing the Unplugged show. On April 12, BBC Choice (also
in the UK) will air a 15-minute program entitled "Kurt Cobain's Rock Shrine";
"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"
The show runs from 7:45 till 8 PM. It is also worth to mention that BBC Choice
will air a show called "Clive Anderson's Conspiracies" on April 6 at 2 AM which
includes a segment on Kurt Cobain; "Last in the series taking a look at conspiracy
theories, narrated by Clive Anderson. This edition considers theories suggesting
that Paul McCartney is dead, Elvis Presley is alive and that Kurt Cobain might not
have committed suicide". The controversial documentary "Kurt and Courtney" will
be aired on BBC Knowledge on April 9 at 10:30 PM. Upcoming Nirvana TV Schedule:
- April 5, 2001:
- April 6, 2001:
- April 7, 2001:
- April 8, 2001:
- April 9, 2001:
- April 12, 2001:
Don't forget that the winners of the current NFC Competition will be picked later today! So if you haven't entered your name yet, hurry up! This is your last chance! Enter the competition here.
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