Yahoo! put up an interesting story about the Courtney Love court case,
mentioning this site a couple of times, and even mentioning the poll I
have been running (see June 29 update for details);
"Kurt Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, has obtained an injunction blocking the
release of a Nirvana song recorded just months before Cobain's suicide, according to
court papers. But a lawyer for Nirvana's surviving band members held out hope Friday that
a box set containing 'a lot of new content' could be salvaged for October
release with or without the new song. The album was planned as a 10th
anniversary commemoration of the release of 'Nevermind,' Nirvana's 1991
disc that pushed Michael Jackson off the top of the record charts and
started the 'grunge' music revolution in Seattle.
'It's a work in progress,' attorney Warren Rheaume told Reuters. Talks about the new album are continuing, he added, saying, 'Hopefully everybody can come up with something that can be put out.'
Whether the set contains the unreleased song 'You Know You're Right' remains in doubt. People who have heard the January 1994 studio recording of the song agree it could be a big hit.
A 45-second cut from a live version of the song can be heard on the band's fan club Internet site [www.nirvanaclub.com]. It is a bootleg recording from an Oct. 23, 1993, concert in Chicago featuring the angst-ridden Cobain vocal backed by bassist Krist Novoselic's wall of bass guitar and the slashing drums of Dave Grohl. The song was to have been included in the box set but Love, complaining she did not have any say in the album, blocked the release with the injunction, granted in King County Superior Court in Seattle June 11."
Here is the part of the Yahoo/Reuters story mentioning the poll I have been running here on NFC; "Nirvana fans have come down heavily on the side of the band members in the dispute. A poll on the fan club Web site shows 76 percent supporting Grohl and Novoselic, with just 6 percent on Love's side. Everyone in the dispute agrees the song, with an introduction of 'I don't need to love again/I won't sigh and mope again/I don't need to love again', would be a fitting final chapter of Nirvana's legacy. 'The fight is over control of Nirvana,' said Rheaume. The new album would contain 'out-takes, other stuff, whatever makes sense,' he added." This interesting story was courtesy of Yahoo! and Reuters/Variety REUTERS. Copyright © 2001 Yahoo! Inc. All rights reserved. Read the full story here. The soundclip of the song, mentioned above, can be downloaded here. I asked Krist Novoselic yesterday if he wanted to proceed with the boxed set, missing this song, or fight to have it included - but for legal reasons he could not comment.
On a sidenote, I would like to point out that the lyrics for the studio version of "You Know You're Right" are apparently quite different from the lyrics used in the live version (and thus the lyrics found on this site, and in various news articles recently published). Thanks to 'Cipher1000_2000' for the link to the Yahoo article.
Rolling Stone magazine also put up an article on this issue, basically mentioning the same as the Seattle Times article. Though, there are a few additonal tidbits; "Love argues that Nirvana was the single vision of Cobain and therefore should fall under Love's authority as the sole owner of his legacy and estate. The suit names Novoselic, Grohl, Nirvana L.L.C. and Universal Music Group. Love claims that a preliminary injunction was necessary to protect her legal rights and an immediate infringement upon them with the release of the box set. She charges Novoselic with threatening to erase master tapes of Nirvana recordings and finally claims that she entered into the partnership with Grohl and Noveselic at a time when she was still 'emotionally overwrought and distraught' over Cobain's suicide an unable to enter into any legal agreements.
In a written response to Love's request for a preliminary injunction bassist Krist Noveselic refuted many of Love's claims. He writes, 'When making decisions for the L.L.C., I am guided by a simple thought, What would Kurt think?' Novoselic contends that Love is not guided by the same principle saying, 'Here's my dilemma in a nutshell: Courtney wants control of Nirvana so she can leverage deals that benefit her career.' In regards to the box set, Novoselic charges Love with bringing the injunction about specifically to gain leverage in her suit with Universal Music Group, the parent company of Nirvana and Hole's label Geffen Records. The next step in the legal wrangle is a court date set for September 2002, a year after the intended release date of the Nirvana box set, but according to each side's attorneys, both parties are hoping to reach an agreement before then." Story courtesy of Rolling Stone. Read the full one here. Thanks to Bas Vlaming for the link. Dotmusic also put up a story about this. Thanks to Julek for the link. Even the BBC over in the UK put up a story about this. It's more or less identical to the Seattle times one, though. It also mentions this site, and they even have a link to it :) Check it out here. Thanks to Simon.
With all the debate and controversy over the song "You Know You're Right" that's been going on, I decided to put up a longer clip of the live version, in much better quality than the old one. This clip was lifted from a bootleg recording of the show that took place in Chicago, IL on October 23 - 1993. Download it here.
"I was watching MTV and they had an MTV news brief on Courtney vs. Dave & Krist. While the news guy was talking about the judge's ruling, they switched to Nirvana performing 'About a Girl' at MTV New Year's Eve show from 1993. I thought this was kind of cool because MTV has only aired (besides the 9 songs they aired back in '93) a short clip of 'Come As You Are' from that show, and they first aired that clip of 'Come As You Are' back in 1999. So I thought MTV airing that short clip of 'About a Girl' was pretty cool." Thanks to 'CobainLithium686'.
In regards to the article that Krist Novoselic recently posted on his website, I would
like to make some personal comments on it, and pick out some of the most interesting bits.
The article begins with Krist describing how Nirvana started, and he goes over some of the
highlights in the band's career, and briefly documents their history. It's very interesting
to hear this, straight from the horses mouth so to speak, and get details that are known to
is a very interesting story from the Seattle Times about the boxed set, and the battle over
the song "You Know You're Right". This story is probably the most interesting I've read in years. For one,
it's obvious that the Seattle Times have used this site when researching for the story, and they mention it several times
in the article. Second, the article CONFIRMS that the boxed set actually EXISTS and is finished. It apparently
contains [at least] 45 songs. The song in question, "You've Got No Right", has been discussed in this news section many
times. As mentioned in the article, a short clip from a live performance of it, is available in the sound
gallery. The song was also performed by Hole at the MTV Unplugged show some years back. The song has, as the
only one, been confirmed to be included with the boxed set as far back as a year, by both Krist and Dave.
The article also mentions that the boxed set was indeed scheduled for a September/October 2001 release (the
10th anniversary for Nevermind). But if a trial, set for December 2002, has to resolve things first, the set
could be delayed significantly - at least if it should contain this song. I think it's a bit unreasonable to
assume that this song alone could be what sells the box, and make it jump to 15 million units sold. That is
obviously unrealistic - regardless of how good the song is. It's truly sad that Krist and Dave have to fight
with Courtney over the rights to Nirvana. I personally don't see why Courtney should have the rights. Sure,
she married their lead singer, but Krist and Dave created the music. You can read the full court document
concerning the ruling of the case here, or
the injunction on the case here.
Here are some quotes from the court document; "On her own behalf and on behalf of her daughter, plaintiff Courtney Love Cobain ('Courtney Love') has come to this Court to seek relief against David Grohl and Krist Novoselic, who are the two surviving members of her husband's group, Nirvana, against the business entity Nirvana, L.L.C. ('the LLC') and against the successor holder of The David Geffen Company's contract with Nirvana ('Geffen/Universal').
All parties agree that much is at stake here, including the possible publication of a previously unreleased and potentially very valuable recording by Kurt Cobain." - "The present dispute has arisen from the impending contract deadline for delivery of 45 previously unreleased Nirvana master recordings for inclusion in a Boxed Set. Defendants Grohl and Novoselic would like to go forward with Geffen/Universal in the preparation and ultimate release of a Boxed Set coordinated with the tenth anniversary of the release of Nirvana's first hit album 'Nevermind.' Plaintiff Courtney Love, who has succeeded to her husband's interest in the matter, has expressed concerns about the contents of the Boxed Set, particularly the possible inclusion of the Kurt Cobain recording 'You Know You're Right.' All parties believe that that recording, which has never before been released, has the potential to be a significant hit."
"On April 30, 1991, prior to Kurt Cobain's death, Nirvana entered into a recording contract with The David Geffen Company. (Decl. of C. Love, supra, Ex. B.) Through a series of acquisitions, The Geffen Company is now owned by a Universal subsidiary. At various dates after 1991, the contract has been supplemented and amended by the parties and/or their successors. The amendment pertinent to the current motion was made by letter bearing the date of July 2, 1996. (Decl. of C. Love, supra, Ex. F.) Paragraph 1(b) of that 1996 letter amendment addresses the Boxed Set. It reads, in pertinent part: You [the LLC] agree to Deliver to Geffen a so-called 'boxed set' Multiple Record LP comprised of no less than forty-five (45) Masters embodying previously unreleased recordings of musical performances by Artist, so-called 'B-sides,' and other Masters (the 'Boxed Set'). The Masters to be embodied on the Boxed Set shall be determined by you in meaningful, good faith consultation with Geffen . . . You shall Deliver the Boxed Set to Geffen no later than June 30, 2001 . . . "
"With regard to the Boxed Set, plaintiff Love asks this Court to enjoin Grohl and Novoselic from delivery of Masters to Geffen/Universal and to enjoin Geffen/Universal from any action on the Boxed Set pending further court order, thereby halting all negotiations and actions until the Court decides otherwise."
"CONCLUSION: On the present record, Courtney Love has the clear contractual power to prevent release of previously unreleased recordings of Kurt Cobain without her consent. An injunction will issue to prevent the irreparable injury that would flow if Grohl or Novoselic deliver or otherwise release previously unreleased masters to Geffen/Universal without her consent, including specifically any recording by Kurt Cobain of 'You Know You're Right.' There is no need to enter an injunction against Geffen/Universal at this time with regard to the Boxed Set. There is no showing of wrongful acts in any negotiations over the Boxed Set, and no showing that they have possession of the disputed Cobain recording as to which an injunction might properly issue to prevent premature unauthorized release. In the absence of evidence establishing the contrary, this Court presumes that both sides will negotiate in good faith about the inclusion of masters in the Boxed Set. "
Once again, read the full document here. Very interesting reading. The motion reads, in part; "Defendants Grohl, Novoselic and Nirvana, L.L.C. are specifically prohibited from releasing to defendants Geffen/Universal or any other person or entity, and from otherwise publishing, the song 'You Know You're Right' without either the written consent of plaintiffs or further Court Order. " In other words, only Courtney can release this song - as it looks right now. Read the complete Seattle Times article here. Thanks to Cary Smith, Maria, Bastian, Dave, Jonathan and others for the link. Apparently Krist Novoselic put up an article of his own on his website about this issue, but it has since been taken down. Krist's article is very interesting, as it describes the development of Nirvana, and Krist's take on the whole issue. You can read it here.
AllStar and CDNow also put up a story about the case that you can read here. Finally, it should be noted that both the CDNow story and the Seattle Times story note an October 23, 2001 release date for the box. However, the 10th anniversary for Nevermind is September 24. It's certainly possible that the October date is the correct one, though.
Today, the 30th annual Roskilde Festival in Denmark started. The festival was struck by tragedy last year, as 9 people lost their life due to an incident during a Pearl Jam concert. But the festival, where Nirvana played in 1992, continued and this year it features extensive security precautions - especially on the large stages - to prevent further incidents like last year. With a bit of a dull lineup, the biggest names on the bill this year include Deftones, Bob Dylan, AQUA, The Cure, Green Lizard, PJ Harvey, Queens of the stone age, Stereo MC's, Tool, Neil Young and Robbie Williams. Unfortunately, the headliner Guns N' Roses cancelled their show a couple of months ago. Check the Roskilde Festival website for more info. Click here for a 40-page document detailing the security precautions taken at this year's festival.
A new section of the site opened a few days ago. The section is a little
webpage for the NFC Chatroom on the IRC network. The page features
profiles for some of the most active users, and some interesting statistics
about the channel - updated daily. You can also find the rules you need to
follow in order to use the channel. And, of course, there is the actual chatroom
which can be used from your browser as well as a regular IRC client (such as
mIRC). To check out the new page, just go
here. Special thanks to 'marshgas' for his hard work.
"Hey, just thought I'd let you know: Kurt Cobain is featured on the cover of the US 'Guitar One' magazine. This August 2001 edition is dedicated to guitarists 'gone too soon'. There is also an article about Kurt, but it's general knowledge, so it's not really interesting." Click here for a scan of the magazine's cover. Thanks to Marian for the news and the cover scan. Dave added more info; "It has Kurt on the cover and talks about fallen heroes. There are many people in it and [it] talks about all their deaths and why they were so good. Buzz Osborne says 'Kurt wasn't noted as a guitar hero - guitar heroes have that marvel comics - style mystique. His biggest guitar contribution is that he pissed off people in metal, so they went away and he sold way more records with half as much effort in the process.'"
"The bassist and drummer (Mike Inez, Sean Kinney) from Alice in Chains started a band called Spys 4 Darwin, and in an interview they were talking about how the band came about. They said they jammed with the people in Seattle like Soundgarden and said that Krist Novoselic hung out and played with them a lot, but apparently they said none of it was recorded. Thought this was interesting cause no one's been up to speed on what he's been doing lately really. For the interview, go here". Thanks to Tom!
At around 5 PM Eastern Time, the counter on the main page of this
site passed 4 million! In other words, since this site opened on
April 8th 1997, it has been visited more than 4 million times. Or the
main page has at least. Thanks to all the visitors.
The 2nd NFC Compilation has now been released! The "NFC Compilation:
Volume II" features almost 50 songs made by people who post on the NFC
Discussion Board (or their bands). The entire compilation is currently
available for download as high quality MP3 files. You can download the
songs, read the liner notes, and get more info on the project by following
this link. A huge thanks to all the talented
"Despite admitting they are anxious to take a break, the Foo Fighters are preparing to record the follow up to 1999's 'Nothing Left to Lose.' 'As much as we'd like to take a vacation and enjoy life outside of the band, I think we've finally realized that the best part about life is this band, and there's nothing we'd rather do,' writes Foos frontman Dave Grohl in a post on the band's Web site." Story courtesy of Rolling Stone.
Sam was kind enough to transcribe the liner notes for the two Nirvana tribute albums and send them in. Check out the liner notes to the album, "A Tribute to Nirvana" (the one with a dolphin on the cover) here, and the notes for "Smells Like Bleach" here.
"Just to let you know a new 'various artists' compilation will be released tomorrow (June 19) called 'Music of the Millenium' and supposedly has a Nirvana song on it (unknown at this time) and has other musicians such as David Bowie, Blur and Elton John." Thanks to 'Cobainela'.
"In Holland, and in several countries in Europe I guess, there's this commercial for Mars (the chocolate bar). Well, I have to admit I didn't pay much attention to what the commercial shows, but it includes a guy in a desert or so, knocking on a (fortress door) to be let in, then eating a mars bar, and walking off again. But that's not the main thing: The song being played during this is 'Where Did You Sleep Last Night'. That's a Leadbelly song, I know. But this version is the same as Nirvana's. In fact, it's a cover of Nirvana's cover! It's played and sung the same, and it includes the raw singing in the end of the song, like Cobain did and all. It was played the exact same way. So I guess you could say it's a Nirvana cover." Thanks to Marcel!
"In the July 5, 2001 issue of Rolling Stone, there's an article about Buddy Arnold, the man who runs the Musicians' Assistance Program to help musicians with drug problems, etc. In the article, he says: 'Failure and death are built into what I do. Kurt Cobain - He was a nice kid. Very soft-spoken, warm, no pretensions. Kurt said to me once, 'Buddy, I play all the wrong notes. All I do is turn up the distortion level.' I never understood that, but now I think I do. He wasn't dealing with a melodic or harmonic line. He was dealing with some kind of emotional impact. That's what that music was about. That's what his life was about. I've learned you can't ever tell who's going to make it, or who won't.'" Thanks to Bruce for passing this on.
"This website which offers information about Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson claims that a cover of Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit was recorded by Marilyn Manson. However, due to Courtney's feud with the lead singer, the song was pulled from the final film of Moulin Rouge. It was replaced with the melody that your site mentions." This sounds a bit odd, but check this link for more info. Courtesy of Lon Markham.
"A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has denied 11 of the 15 clauses of action filed by
Courtney Love against Universal Music Group in which the singer-actress is charging the
company with a variety of California labor codes and contractual misdeeds. Love is seeking
to end her contract with Universal (which is also suing Love for her attempt to bail on
her contract)." These past few weeks haven't exactly been kind for Courtney Love; first
she had a miscarriage, then she was the victim of a $100.000 theft (including the wedding
ring given to her by Kurt Cobain), and now her lawsuit against UMG seems to be more or less
falling apart. Story courtesy of AllStar News.
Another incident has happened to Courtney Love while shooting her latest movie in
Vancouver; "More than $100,000 in jewels and other items were stolen from Courtney
Love's hotel suite while she was out filming a movie, her manager said. Among the items
said to have been taken is the wedding ring she received from Kurt Cobain, the Nirvana
lead singer who killed himself in 1994 in the couple's Seattle home. Love arrived last
month in Vancouver to shoot the movie '24 Hours' with Kevin Bacon and Charlize Theron.
Also missing are a $30,000 ring that actor Edward Norton gave Love 'at a time when he had
only $40,000 to his name,' and diamond bracelets she received from a former boyfriend/manager,
said Lisa Shaw, a manager working with Love during her stay here. Toys belonging to Love's
daughter with Cobain, Frances Bean, also were taken last week, Shaw said." Story courtesy
of AP and Yahoo! Click here for a nice picture of
Courtney and Frances at the recent premiere of the movie Pearl Harbor, courtesy of Reidar.
"Next Sunday night (the 17th) on VH1 they are doing a 'Behind The Music' on [the year] 1994. In the commerical for the show, it features an interview from Kurt and later they show a clip of 'Heart-Shaped Box'. All of this fun info leads me to believe that there's going to be something about Nirvana in the show." More than likely. Thanks to 'Mr. Apple', Greg and others for this one. VH-1 also did a 'Behind the Music' special in 1992, I believe, that featured an interview with Krist Novoselic.
This year's MTV Movie Awards featured a brief Nirvana appearance, as the presentation
of the first nominee for the "Best Breakthrough Performance - Female" award included a
clip of Nirvana's "In Bloom". The entertaining show was attended by many celebrities in
the movie and music business, including Britney Spears, Jim Carrey, Mena Suvari, Tara
Reid, George Lucas, John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and many others. The show was aired
today in Europe and in the US a few days ago. Thanks to Jordana and Rob for the news.
As mentioned earlier here, the new movie "Moulin Rouge" starring Nicole Kidman
features a special musical version of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit". The
song, however, is NOT on the soundtrack for the movie but integrated into a scene
of the actual movie; "In the beginning of Moulin Rouge the cast breaks out into a
song and they sing the lines 'Here we are now entertain us' for about ten minutes".
Some more details; "In a dancing scene where the characters are supposed to be doing
the 'can-can' (I believe) they begin to sing some songs. The entire movie has modern
day songs such as Roxanne by The Police and Like a Virgin by Madonna, but this one scene
has everyone singing Smells Like Teen Spirit." Thanks to Antonio and Lex for this info.
Apparently, the director Baz Luhrmann had to beg Courtney Love (who owns the rights to
Nirvana's music) for a while to get permission to use the song. The actual soundtrack
contains songs with vocals by David Bowie, Christina Aguilera, Nicole Kidman, and Bono
"It's not really news because it's not new, but I just wanted to let you now that the Belgian alternative radiostation 'Studio Brussel' has an annual program called 'De tijdloze top 100' (The timeless top 100) and Nirvana's SLTS has had the first place for two years now!" Thanks to 'Negative Creep'.
"I just heard on the radio yesterday that a band called 'Scandle-us' are going to do a cover of Nirvana's SLTS. There is more to it though. Basically this band is Australia's Spice Girls -- a manufactured boy/girl band." Thanks to Chris for this one.
Nirvana is mentioned in the May 2001 issue of the British magazine "Rock Sound". The magazine offers a couple of Nirvana posters. Thanks to Tony C. and Brandon W. Also remember that there is a lengthy article about "In Utero" in the May 2001 issue of Mojo magazine, as mentioned earlier. It might be available at your local Tower Records. Thanks to the beautiful Natalie for that one.