Today, VH-1 in Europe aired their "100 Greatest Videos" (as voted for by the US viewers)
special. Nirvana landed on spot #4 with the video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Before they
played the video, there were some interesting interview clips with Kurt and Dave, talking about
the video. There was also a short clip with it's director, Sam Bayer. The chart was topped by
Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" at #3, Madonna's "Like a Prayer" at #2 and finally the legendary
Michael Jackson video "Thriller" as #1.
In the HMV 2001 poll for 'Best Book', the winner was the Kurt Cobain biography 'Heavier Than Heaven'.
It beat books about artists such as Bono, Robbie Williams and Madonna. Thanks to Adam Sampson.
"I can confirm that Nirvana is number one on 'Tijdloze 100', at a Belgian Alternative rockstation Studio Brussel with the song 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. This is the third time in a row that it stands as number one, out of the 100 Best Rock songs of all time." Thanks to John. 'Lithium' by Nirvana landed at spot #69. The Top 10 also saw bands such as Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Deep Purple, Pearl Jam and The Cure. Thanks to Dave for that info.
"I just finished watching MTV2 UK's Top 100 Bands Weekend! The chart was taken from the most requested bands at www.mtv2europe.com. The top 3 were: 3) Limp Bizkit - 2) Green Day - 1) NIRVANA! They played Lithium, In Bloom (Sub Pop version), Heart-Shaped Box and of course, Smells Like Teen Spirit. As with most of these charts that MTV2 puts out, there is no real build up to the number one spot. All you get is an on-screen graphic telling you the number, then a selection of videos from that band." Thanks to Colin and Clive.
Brandon sent in a scan of a short interesting article from a 1999 issue of Time Magazine, concerning Kurt Cobain's artwork. It even includes a couple of examples of his skills. Check out the scan here. Thanks to Brandon Adams.
"Recently VH-1 aired a special about the 100 most shocking moments in music history. Kurt Cobain's death was number 4. It showed a clip of the candlelight vigil held in Seattle and Courtney Love's reading of Kurt's suicide note. Additionally, it showed pictures and video clips of Unplugged in New York and Kurt diving into Dave's drum set." Thanks to Nathaniel.
MTV put up an interesting story about Nirvana; "In all the legal wrangling by Kurt Cobain's widow
and his former bandmates, what seems to be at stake is the future of Nirvana's music and who gets to control
it. With a band of Nirvana's magnitude and continuing appeal, however, such litigation and maneuvering
isn't surprising. But what's really vexed us about these recent lawsuits are some of the gross distortions
that are being applied to Nirvana in terms of the band's overall musical legacy. To get a better handle on
the scope of Nirvana's impact, one needs only to look at the massive sales achieved by the group's six
albums, all of which have surpassed the 1 million mark.
According to SoundScan, Nirvana's career album sales break down as follows: the group's 1989 debut, Bleach, has sold 1.44 million copies to date, followed by 1991's Nevermind at 7.65 million, the 1992 B-sides/rarities collection Incesticide at 1.13 million, and the band's final studio album, 1993's In Utero, at 3.58 million. Nirvana's two posthumous live releases, 1994's MTV Unplugged in New York and 1996's From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (both of which were assembled by Grohl and Novoselic) have sold 4.11 million and 1.15 million copies, respectively.
With numbers like those, there can be little denying that Nirvana are one of the most popular and commercially viable rock groups of the last 20 years. All of Nirvana's records have continued to do well in catalog sales, with Nevermind selling at a clip of better than 230,000 copies annually, while MTV Unplugged in New York still averages 120,000 copies a year.
Of all the artists that Love hopes Nirvana's legacy will someday match, the most comparable is probably that of Hendrix, another artist who only released a handful of albums before his life was cut short. According to the RIAA, Hendrix's music has earned five gold, four platinum and five multiplatinum albums, although all but a few of those certifications were made after the guitarist's death in September 1970." This story is easier to make sense of if it's read in it's entirety. Courtesy of MTV News and David Basham.
As you may have noticed, the NFC Sound Gallery has been down for a while. Or rather, the server hosting the clips has been down. After hardly updating the gallery since 1998, I decided to scrap the current gallery entirely, and build a new one from scratch. A lot of new sound clips were made, and now you will mostly find Nirvana-related stuff in the gallery. Featured are clips of B-sides, unreleased songs, songs from Nirvana's first and last concerts, as well as plenty of MIDI's. You will also find songs by Chad Channing's former bands, and Krist's former band - Sweet 75. Check out the new and improved sound gallery here! I should also note that this year's NFC Christmas present has been cancelled. It is usually in the form of complete songs and/or videos, but this year I didn't find it appropriate to put up such material. So, the new sound gallery will basically serve as the 5th annual NFC Christmas Present instead.
A person claiming to be Kurt Cobain's half-sister Brieann O'Connor put up a disturbing review of the Kurt Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven on the website amazon.com. The review reads, in part; "The millions out there that believe the written word are having a ball believing this crazed story. Cross has taken a famous rock icon and done a backflip and written what PEOPLE WANT TO BELIEVE. He has let people, including himself, have a mind of their own when it comes to 'that Cobain story'." Then she goes on to explain how Kurt's aunt Mari Earl is 'the sickest person on this earth' and how she is 'mentally sick'. Whether or not this was actually written by Brieann, I don't know. But you can read the review for yourself here.
The dispute between the Cobain family and Krist Novoselic/Dave Grohl just reached a
new level of sickness today. Apparently, the mother of Kurt Cobain (Wendy O'Connor)
released the following statement to the press earlier today.
PRESS RELEASE FROM WENDY O'CONNOR, the mother of Kurt Cobain
As the mother of Kurt Cobain and a woman who has two daughters to support, I am shocked and disgusted at the behavior of Krist Novoselic, David Grohl and their "managers" and lawyers.
I was extremely close with my son and spoke with him almost daily during the "Nirvana" years. I know a number of things.
I know that "Nirvana" was never a partnership of any sort.
I know that in the last year of his life, my son despised his bandmates and told me many times that he no longer wanted to play with them or have anything to do with them.
That is why I am speaking up today for my family, my granddaughter and my daughters and daughter-in-law.
Mr. Novoselic and his cohorts are attempting a character assassination on my daughter-in-law that is plain and downright untrue.
My son was also one of my best friends. I knew him very very well.
I know that he was extremely worried that Krist and Dave were attempting to rip him off financially. Many times he confided to me that he was overwhelmed and bewildered by the amount of BUSINESS the other two bandmates did when Kurt was seeking the medical help he so desperately needed. He also worried about a manager who openly despised him and abused him and did whatever he could at times of crisis to stop communications between me and my son, perhaps because he knew that I was onto him and had been from the start.
I watched my son from infancy develop a talent that was brilliant; he showed a genius for crafting songs at a very early age. It astonished our family and even though we were not wealthy people, we did what we could to support Kurt's dreams of being a successful musician.
Kurt had a hard time as an adolescent. He had an even harder time once the genius and talent that shone so brilliantly from him gave him great success. At the height of his career, he suffered in an environment where his band and his managers were not at all supportive of his physical or psychic needs.
Mr Novoselic claims to have worked so hard as a band with my son. His romantic and revisionist version of a band history of sleeping on floors and generally being buddies with Kurt is just untrue.
I don't know how those two ever kept playing together. It was probably because Krist was willing to help drive and because he knew sticking by Kurt was going to get him to where he is today: an extremely wealthy man.
Krist is an extremely wealthy and decadent man who has achieved his wealth by ripping off my family. Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl never wrote a Nirvana song in their lives. For them to have formed an equal partnership (LLC) is ridiculous beyond comprehension.
My family was victimized at the moment when the LLC was formed, much like Al Hendrix and his family were after Jimi Hendrix's death. We were all uninformed of what an absurd idea this was. We, the family, were not protected financially or legally even though my son drafted a will that specifically stated that, should any harm befall him, our family would be secure.
That will was ignored, so our family works like the working people we have always been and we are given additional support by my daughter-in-law.
My son wrote these songs and I have no say in the actions of people who I can only call criminal.
From the day Dave started work in the band, he demanded more and more money and threatened to leave on a regular basis.
Kurt wanted him because he was an awfully good drummer. Again, his drumming for Kurt has made him a millionaire many, many times over for his efforts.
There are a lot of things I am feeling right now: rage, shame and disgust at these two and their behavior of the last week.
I am not willing to share all of it in a press release, but I will not allow my daughter in law to be libeled and slandered by Krist and Dave.
My son died tragically and I believe his death could have been prevented by proper medical care and he was denied help by selfish and criminal behavior of the people who so callously revise their personal histories today.
My family has suffered hugely and been ripped off for a fortune.
I support my daughter in law in dissolving an LLC which never ever should have been formed. I will be hiring counsel of my own to protect the interests of my daughters, and to protect my son's legacy from the mangling hands of what I believe to be a rat's nest of liars and bandits.
I am grateful that Courtney has hired Yale Lewis, a lawyer who so successfully restored Jimi's legacy to the Hendrix family. That case has gone down as one of the most disgusting ripoffs in the history of entertainment.
I am simply glad we don't have to wait 20 years to find out how many people my son has made incredibly wealthy.
We are hard-working and simple people. We live in the country and work for the food on our table. No one can accuse anyone in my family of being greedy or even self-interested. I love my son and I will not allow him to be continually degraded.
Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl and their reps Jill Berliner, Gary Gersh and John Silva are liars and crooks.
It's never been in my nature to take advantage of my son's stunning success, but I know that my son would want me to stand up for him and his family in this moment of what I can only describe as total betrayal.
- Wendy Fradenburg Cobain O'Connor, December 19 2001.
I honestly don't know how to respond to this. If it wasn't because a story, based on this press release, was released by Reuters I wouldn't believe it. I think the statement is sickening beyond words. Let me make it clear that The Internet Nirvana Fan Club does in no way support the statements and allegations made by Miss O'Connor, concerning Krist and Dave and the nature of Cobain's relationship with them - and their role in the band. The only thing that everyone seems to agree on is that Nirvana's legacy must be preserved, and have the music released to the fans. Read the Reuters story here.
In a recent issue of TIME Magazine, they wrote the following story; "Last week the privacy-averse Courtney Love--widow of Kurt Cobain, the Nirvana rocker who killed himself in 1994--penned a wounded e-mail to the band's fans. Seems the Widow Cobain is being sued by Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novselic, who want her to have no say in the band's affairs. The two are fed up with Love's attempts to block release of a greatest-hits CD. So Courtney went straight to the fans. 'Kurt Cobain was Nirvana,' she wrote, and said she represents him. Grohl and Novoselic released their own missive, saying Love was acting out of an 'obsessive need for publicity and attention.' Is there a moral here ? Play law-school dances for free."
Today's top stories:
Apparently, this past weekend the Canadian MuchMusic have been airing a Grunge special, featuring
Nirvana clips. The special should also be aired next weekend - so keep an eye out for that. Thanks
to James for the news. Marko added this; "[It was] a whole show describing grunge.
It featured short clips and pictures of many bands like Nirvana, Mudhoney, Sonic Youth, Foo Fighters, Bush,
Silverchair, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins and Hole. There were many interviews with some of these bands and other
people that were involved in the grunge scene."
Brian sent this one in; "I'd like to announce that my band 666 Society are about to release a cover version of 'Something in the Way' at the end of February. Visit the bands website: here." Thanks to Brian.
As mentioned earlier, the latest issue of Circus magazine features an article on Cobain. Here is a little comment on that article; "I picked up the new edition of Circus magazine to read the 'Life and Times of Kurt Cobain' article and it is a joke. It is the worst writing I've seen on the topic. The author had a bundle of misinformation and spelling errors like Abardeen! Don't recommend it to anyone. Take care." I haven't personally read the article, so I can't back this claim. Thanks to Sean.
A couple of sections of the site were updated. First of all, some more guitar tabs were added here, and more links to sites offering movie clips were added as well. The movie gallery doesn't offer any files hosted by this site, but only links to other sites that do so. Check it out here. Apart from this, several new WinAMP skins were added to the "Nirvana for your PC" section as well as a new Nirvana Windows theme.
Please note that all the clips in the NFC Sound Gallery are currently not available. The server hosting them appears to be down at the moment. I am not sure when it will be back. Both NFC Compilation CDs are also unavailable for download at this time.
In the latest issue of the British NME there is an interview with Courtney Love
and some comments on the unreleased Nirvana song "You Know You're Right", as mentioned
here earlier. Here are some quotes from the printed article on the song;
"Courtney Love has given the NME world exclusive access to the unreleased Nirvana track 'You Know
You're Right'. After the release of 'In Utero', Kurt Cobain is said to have recorded 4 or 5 songs
in various locations, and some of these sessions didn't feature Grohl and Novoselic. He
definately recorded with Eric and Patty from Hole, as well as Pat Smear, an additional
guitarist in the final days of Nirvana. Cobain is reported to have told several people in
late 93/early 94 that he planned to make the next Nirvana record with other musicians.
The dispute seems to centre on control of Nirvana's legacy rather than an earlier claim
that Love wanted to block the song because of unflattering lyrics. Nirvana performed the
song live in 93 - an mp3 of which has been available for some time - and the lyrics are:
'I just don't think it's worth it/I don't really love her/I don't think I want her/Ain't
going to take to love again/It's the way your love hurts/It's the way you're made again.'
Having heard the studio version, NME can reveal that the lyrics are substantially different
and - as Love and Barber [Courtney's manager] claim- the song contains the line 'Things have
never been so swell/And I have never felt this well'. When she contacted NME in September,
Love wrote: 'There's so much of it [Cobain's material] and I want the public to hear it,
just not at the cost of the same asshole managers and lawyers making the same vast amout
of cash out of a person they all hated.' "
Then NME printed their 'verdict' on the song; "The first thing that strikes you about this song is just how 'up' it is. After 'Nevermind', Cobain infamously tried to sabotage Nirvana's immense commercial success by making the far more abrasive and uncompromising 'In Utero' with producer Steve Albini. 'You Know You're Right' suggests that he'd got that out of his system and was returning to a more pop-orientated sound. The song is melodic and confrontational. Cobain's voice has rarely sounded so gutteral and forceful - which is really saying something. Towards the end, the song also features one of Cobain's trademark guitar solos. It's an incredible find, and serves to show what direction the next record would have taken had he lived. Love is right that the song has great artistic and commerical value." You can listen to a short clip of the song here (from 'Access Hollywood').
In a November 30 message on the hole.com message board, Courtney Love posted a comment about this website; "I don't go there much - but I did this evening - surfed it a little. It's one fuc##ing idiotic statement after another - generally - about me. And generally so completely false and generally not from any fan point of view, and its very depressing." - "Get your shit together or let's wait for a generation here. It would be better business and more astute management to put out a rarities record - not a 90 dollar boxset. A rarities record of shit YOU'VE never ever heard. And be grateful I played you what I did on TV tonight, because unless Krist and Dave get the vast amount of cash THEY are demanding, you won't be hearing it - and even then - it's not coming out on Interscope." Generally it's a pretty odd statement that seems to be mostly concerned with the users of the NFC Discussion Board rather than the website's content. In fact, Courtney (and most of the subsequent replies to the thread) seem to pass critical judgement on the website as a whole, merely because they don't like the people using it's discussion board, and don't agree with their posts about Courtney. It's sad that a website dedicated to a band has to be judged by the opinions of a few discussion board users, a discussion board that is just a small part of the website as a whole. Courtney; next time, try browsing the rest of the website. You can read her complete message at hole.com in the 'Jukebox' forum of their message board.
Daniela sent this one in - a story from CFOX; "Courtney Love has spoken out about her reasons for not allowing the final Nirvana song 'You Know You're Right' to be included on the forthcoming boxed set. 'What started as a renegotiation turned into horror stories,' Love said. The singer added that record executives 'need to understand [that they] are dealing with somebody who lost a father and a husband and that's Shakespearean. It isn't a joke. It's not a coffee patch. It's not 'Oh, we'll take care of Courtney.' This is dark and evil and Machiavellian with me, and my blood runs black when you mess with that ... This business hurt him and hurt him bad, the greed of business hurt him.' " Thanks to Daniela.
"In the latest issue of Circus magazine they have a year in rock thing and they have a special section about the life and death of Kurt Cobain." Thanks to Jeremy. I'm not sure if this is in the latest issue.