|NFC News 08/2000|
Interesting news from the music business; "LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Shipments of full-length compact discs in
the United States reached an all-time high in the first half of 2000, up 6 percent from the year-ago period to
420 million units, said the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). CDs comprise 86 percent of the
total music purchasing market and the dollar value grew 9.9 percent to nearly $5.7 billion, the RIAA said.
The strong data come amid a raging legal battle between the RIAA and Internet sites such as song-swap company
Napster Inc., which are accused of facilitating copyright piracy and undermining sales for music companies and
copyright holders." - "Shipments of cassettes, which make up 8 percent of all product shipped to manufacturers
in the first two quarters, fell 31.5 percent while both CD and cassette singles also fell. Shipments of vinyl
albums and singles also declined." So while the RIAA are busy suing everyone with an MP3 file on their computer,
the record sales are higher than ever. Interesting twist of irony. Story courtesy of Yahoo! and Reuters. View
the full story.
Jack Endino recently put up his "online Garage sale" again, offering a lot
of rare items from the time Nirvana's career began. This includes issues of
the magazine "Backlash", the first magazine to ever interview Nirvana. You
will also find a lot of stuff related to Jack's old band Skin Yard. Get a
glimpse of the past at Endino's
garage sale. Link courtesy of Jack Endino.
"In the August Issue of 'Uncut' magazine, there is a picture of Kurt on the
cover, and the headline of the magazine is, 'Lost boys and fallen angels
Kurt Cobain and the rock stars who had it all...and blew it'. There's a one
page article about Kurt and his death, and then several smaller articles
about other passed-on rockers. This is not really important but I'll tell
you that this was by far the most offensive piece I think I've ever read
about Kurt. The author does nothing but throw insults at Kurt, calling him
a 'Whiney, self-pittying little asshole' among other things. If you haven't
already, check it out (if you want to, it's a depressing yet very angering
article; and I think the author of that article should be beaten with a
large peice of frozen meat). That's it." Thanks to Bowen and a couple of
others for this story. It was also briefly mentioned in the news section last month.
Here is a little review of the VH-1 special that aired last night, including
a segment on Cobain; "It was only one segment (the first segment), and it just
featured some commentary from the authors of [the book] 'Who killed Kurt Cobain'.
It was hardly very original, and it featured some pretty lame rationale 'Kurt
Cobain had everything to live for. He told Rolling Stone he had never been happier,
he had dramatically cut back on his drug use (hello?), etc' . The show tidily
forgot to mention Kurt's suicide attempt in Rome. Anyway, the show left me feeling
really sad, maybe because it was done in such a clinical way (one of the responding
medical examiners was on the show). The saddest part was when they highlighted the
part of the suicide note, which they showed a couple of times in close-ups, where
Kurt said that Frances would have a much happier life without him. If his death isn't
a concrete example of depression as a physical disease just like cancer, I can't
imagine one exists." Thanks to Stephen for this review. If you caught the special
and want to add a comment, please feel free to e-mail it. In case you missed the
special it will be repeated on THU 8/24 at 6pm/5c, SAT 8/26 at 12pm/11c, SAT 8/26
at 6pm/5c and SUN 8/27 at 10pm/9c. Thanks to Stephen for the dates.
The British Channel 4 will be airing a rare Kurt Cobain interview soon;
"Rock Babylon features Shaun Ryder and his manager dad; Supergroupie Pamela
Des Barres; Marilyn Manson; an exclusive interview with Kurt Cobain conducted
a short time before his death and Cynthia Plastercaster, the notorious groupie
who spent 30 years lovingly taking plaster casts of rock stars' penises. Rock
Babylon is a compendium and celebration of the moments when the high and mighty
get caught acting low down and dirty, a mixture of celebrity interviews, never-
before-seen archive footage and testimonies from the backroom boys and girls who
make all the excess possible." The show 'Rock Babylon with Graham Norton' airs
August 26 at 11:20 PM, local time. Thanks to Rich and Channel Four for the story.
"This is from a Foo Fighters interview from some magazine. I found it on the
Foofighters.com postboard: 'Any advances on the Nirvana box set?' - 'Krist and
I are slowly getting there. You gotta remember, I was their 6th drummer, so there's
a lot of stuff there from Flipper and Scratch acid that even I hadn't heard of before.
There's also the final track we recorded, as a demo, before Kurt's death. It's
definitely stuff that should come out. But we want to round up as much material as
we can, to make it more interesting. Earlier this year I had thought maybe it'd be
out by Christmas, I'm not sure now.' Another question: 'Are you still ambivalent
about working on the Nirvana legacy when you're trying to set up an identity with the
Foo Fighters?' - 'I'm sure it's there in the back of my mind. On the one hand, it was
a great band and I'm extremely proud of what we achieved. On the other, there's not
one day when people don't bring Kurt up in conversation. They either tell me he's an
asshole for killing himself - which I think is rude - or they ask if he was murdered.
Like, I'd know. I dream about him and think about him often. But it'd be really nice if
I could just move on.' 'Are there any aspects of modern day rock that you blame Nirvana
for?' 'Huh! If it is brought to my attention, I blame it on the Pixies, because Nirvana
stole much of our stuff from them anyway, hahaha!' " Thanks to Sebastiaan for this one.
Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, turned
eight years old today. Happy birthday, Frances!
A website called "Throttlebox" are soon going to offer what they claim to be
one of the final interviews done with Kurt Cobain. "He was one of the most influential
artists of the 20th century -- the voice of a generation, the soul of a subculture.
But by March '94 -- just three years after the release of 'Nevermind' -- Kurt Cobain's
struggle to survive fame and fortune had begun to take its toll. In one of his last
American interviews, Cobain talked with rock writer Jim DeRogatis about recording
'In Utero,' the media's treatment of Nirvana, and life as a husband and father.
Soon after, Cobain's struggle was over, his voice silent. Download this historic
interview in 12 free segments, complete with audio, text and images." The interview
should be available at Throttlebox.com
sometime in September. Thanks to Chris for the news
"Eyewitness Nirvana: The Day-By-Day Chronicle" is a brand new book, written by the journalist Carrie Borzillo. The book literally covers almost every day of Nirvana's career, beginning with Krist's birth in 1965 to April 1994, the month of Kurt Cobain's death. Of course the major emphasis is on the years 1987 to 1994 when the band was active. The book provides facts and funny stories about a ton of Nirvana concerts, and chronicles every important date of Nirvana's career; "With a day-by-day account of Nirvana's incredible career, Eyewitness Nirvana is the most complete telling of their story, not only tracking all of the band's tour dates, recording sessions, and release dates, but looking behind the scenes at after- show parties, the workings of their record label and management team and what life was like in those final months of Cobain's life."
The book also includes a small but very nice gallery of Nirvana photographs taken from various sessions and concerts. Carrie told me that two versions of the book have been published; a US version called "Nirvana: A Day-By-Day Eyewitness Chronicle" and the UK version mentioned earlier called "Eyewitness Nirvana: The Day-By-Day Chronicle". Only the UK version comes in a hardcover but the content of both books is the same. I have not had a chance to read the entire book yet, but my initial impression is very good, and I would strongly recommend picking up a copy of it. It is also worth to mention that this website is mentioned as one of the first in the book's credits :) To finish off here is a small random example from the book: November 3, 1991; "Nirvana-mania is setting in and Kurt Cobain is a bit uneasy with it. In a story in the Chicago Tribute on this day, Kurt says, 'All this attention is getting to be a bit unrealistic. I hardly have any time for my life anymore. I don't have a life. It's Nirvana, Nirvana, Nirvana. It's a bit exaggerated. We just want to play music.' " (quote: "Eyewitness Nirvana: The Day-By-Day Chronicle. © 2000 Carrie Borzillo and Carlton Books Ltd.)
The book should
be available online from the British Amazon. The
UK version's ISBN is: 1-84222-024-1. For the record, the correct spelling of the
author's last name is Borzillo :)
"What do Frank Sinatra, Nirvana and Leonard Cohen have in common? They made
some of the most morose albums of all time, the British music magazine NME says.
The Top 10 list of misery and tortured souls runs from Big Star's 'Sister Lovers'
and Billie Holiday's 'Lady In Satin' to two offerings from Joy Division." The
Top 10 also includes Nirvana's 'In Utero' on spot #4. I'm not sure how songs
like "tourette's" and "Rape me" can be the 4th "best [pieces of] music to accompany
a bout of the blues", but I'm sure those nice journalists do :) Thanks to Yahoo!
and NME for this story.
Scheduled to open around October 1st, 2000, is a new section of this
website called "The Vault". The intention is to get as many Nirvana
fans as possible to submit something original, such as an article they
have written about the band, a picture they have taken of them, a poem
or something like that. Depending on how many people submit material the
section should be quite interesting. If you want to learn more about this
project please go here. The section will mostly
consist of material submitted by all of you out there, so any contribution
is greatly appreciated, and you will obviously receive full credit if you
send something to The Vault at:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Again, find more details here.
"A series of Platinum Series albums were launched and Nirvana's MTV
Unplugged in NY was one of them. It's basically just a silver box with
the CD inside and the tracks are exactly the same. Other than Nirvana,
there was also The Cure, Janet Jackson, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and
many more." Thanks to 'uh' for this story :)
Not so long ago, a song called "Rocked by Rape" turned up on Napster -
labeled as a Nirvana track while it was obviously not. Even so, a few
gullible Nirvana fans thought it was Kurt playing on it (god knows why).
Here is some more info; " The song you mention in your Nirvana Song List,
Rocked By Rape, is by The Evolution Control Committe. I went to their
website and I didn't really take a good look around, but it is mentioned
there a few times and that CBS threatened them" The Evolution Control can
be visited here. Someone else
submitted some more detailed info a few weeks ago; "It is actually by a group
of 'Electronic musicians' called Evolution Control Commitee (ECC for Short).
They released it on Napster as what they call a Napster bomb. Basically they
mislabel it and hope people download it thinking it is Nirvana. The reason they
did this was [that] it is in the process of being banned by CBS news. Oh and the
weird music in the background is AC/DC as far as I recall, I cannot remember what
track. They have also released this under different band names but Nirvana seems
to be the only one that appears regularly on napster." I would put up the "song"
here but I don't want to give it more attention than it has already received.
Thanks to Stephen Paulger for the last bit of information. So just to make it
clear: "Rocked by Rape" is NOT a Nirvana song and has nothing to do with the
band. Fortunately, a list of fakes like these will be available on a Nirvana
website opening soon.
The popular NFC Discussion Board is also back now. It should be noted that
the forums were completely reset when the board moved to the new server, and
this time around the messages posted prior to the site moving have not been
saved. But I am sure the board will be filled with posts again after a few
days. Also notice that if you registered a username on July 22 or later, you
must register it again. At the same time, all updates made to your existing
profile after July 22 must be made again. Otherwise the board should be back
to normal. I cannot guarantee at this time that the host will allow enough
bandwidth and CPU for the board to continue undisturbed, but let's hope so.
On a final note, most of the archive should be available again in a few days.
By complete accident I linked to a temporary UBB at novogate.com, from the
main page, instead of to the real board at this server. I have no idea how
this could happen but sorry for the mistake. Please do not use the forum at
novogate.com and instead use the real board which, of course, is located
here. Sorry for
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