|NFC News 04/2000
Our favorite inside source sent in this interesting tidbit; "I was looking at your web site
& the info about the unreleased Nirvana tracks. I've heard one of them. Basically, if I recall
correctly, it was another Leadbelly song, done at the same time as some of the sessions for
the first Mark Lanegan solo album. It was pencilled in under the name 'The Jury', & was Mark
on vocals, Kurt on guitar, plus Krist & I think Mark Pickeral on drums. (Note: I believe the
title of the song is 'Ain't it a shame' but it was done during 'The Jury' sessions ... NFC).
But on this unreleased track, Kurt ended up doing the vocals. Strictly speaking, it wasn't
made as a 'Nirvana' track, but it is essentially them playing it. The track itself was very
upbeat & punk rock - quite a departure from the other Leadbelly song they did, 'Where Did You
Sleep last Night?'. There was talk last year, of adding the track to a 10 year anniversary reissue
of 'Bleach' on Sub Pop, along with a CD-Rom component. But I gather it got held up in legal wrangling
(Krist is known not to be a fan of Sub Pop). What has made it more complicated is that Geffen are
interested in the track for the box set - so that is part of the legal hassle." That the reason
for the Bleach re-release not happening (for now anyway) is indeed legal reasons, as Jack Endino
also noted in one of his newsletters. But, it would be cool if the track mentioned above made it
to the Boxed Set. Only time will tell!
"The book Nirvana: Winterlong has already been released in England with many pictures
that go from the beginning of Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic's band until
their last tour in the U.S. But the nirvanamaniacs have lots more to be excited about.
The world is expecting that a boxed set of Nirvana rarities -promised for that year-
comes with some new songs. It is known that Courtney Love, Kurt Cobain's widow, has at
least two in her possession. One was made for the master Iggy Pop and another one for
Mark Lanegan, lead singer of the Screaming Trees. They should come out in their original
versions, with Kurt's voice. That is, if Courtney allows it." This information was from
some recent magazine in Brazil. Thanks to Victor for this one.
I just did a mini-interview with Alex Coletti who produced Nirvana's legendary Unplugged
concert for MTV. Alex talked a bit about why two tracks were cut from the original
broadcast, and shares some funny stories from behind the camera. I only asked Alex a
few questions instead of doing a "full" interview. But nevertheless it should be an
interesting read. Check out the interview here. Special thanks
to Alex Coletti for doing this. Speaking of interviews; I have two other interviews
going at the moment. Hopefully they will be ready to put online within the next few weeks.
So keep an eye out for that!
"The organizers of The Spitfire Tour are producing a benefit on Sunday, May 7 at the
House of Blues in Los Angeles, CA, in hopes of raising funds to help prisoner Todd
McCormick." - "McCormick, tremendously outspoken in his position to legalize marijuana
for medical use, was just sentenced to a 5-year term in a Federal prison." The speakers
confirmed for the benefit include Krist Novoselic, Bill Maher, Michael Franti and some
others. "At age 2, McCormick was diagnosed with Histiocytosis X cancer and introduced
to medial marijuana as a young man while searching for relief from chemotherapy-induced
nausea. After the passage of California prop. 215 (now Cal. law 11362.5), he set about
researching and writing on the uses of medical marijuana and was out to invent the ultimate
strain of medical marijuana. In 1997 he was arrested and his research [was] destroyed by
deputies of the LA Sheriffs Narcotics Division and Federal DEA, even though he was a
well-documented medical marijuana patient. Todd was initially released on a $500,000 bond
posted by his friend Woody Harrelson. Although legally growing medical marijuana with a
prescription under Ca. Prop 215, McCormick was just sentenced to a 5-year term in a Federal
prison." If you would like to attend the benefit, it will be held at the House of Blues in
Los Angeles, CA on May 7 2000. Doors open at 7:00 PM, show starts at 8 PM. Admittance is $20,
and you must be 21 or older. More info here.
The 6th NFC Competition is finally up. Once again the first prize is a signed
copy of the great new Nirvana book "Winterlong" which offers a bunch of great
Nirvana photos. The book was made by Stephen Sweet, Martyn Goodacre and Steve
Gullick who all signed the copy of the book that you can win. The 2nd prize is
the All Apologies/Rape me single, while the third prize is the Heart-Shaped Box
single. Those two prizes were provided by Esprit. If you want to try out the
competition just go here. By the way, it has now
been exactly one year since the first competition went online back in April '99.
They have also a column called 60 Minutes (I think) where musicians compile 60 minute tapes of their favorite songs." Thanks to Jakob for that story.
Over at Hole's official website, Courtney Love answered some questions sent in by fans. One of the questions went "... Why didn't you put 'Asking for it' - the duet - on a single?" Courtney's answer: "Kurt came to Atlanta for a week or so when we recorded Live thru this and he was hanging around- and he sang on that song. Then , when he died it just didnt feel right to let anyone hear it. It made me too sad. I havent heard it in years but im sort of more into the idea than i was." This great track with Kurt and Courtney on vocals can be downloaded here and it's even legal :) The site also offers a nice cover of Nirvana's "Pennyroyal Tea". More answers here. Thanks to Jonas for the link. Courtney also did an online chat at the website a few weeks ago. It was pretty uncontrolled though, and the transcript is a mess. But you can read it here.
Katie sent in this; "The US VH-1's Rock Show will be airing a 'Seattle Scene
Band' episode on April 21st. VH-1 is doing a poll on the best band to come out
of Seattle ... Nirvana is currently in fourth place (under Pearl Jam, Alice in
Chains, and Stone Temple Pilots)." If you want to change that, you can vote in
the poll here. Also
thanks to Jim for the link.
I haven't updated the picture gallery in ages, so I thought now it was about time to
do something about that. Thus, I have just added 100 new Nirvana-related pictures, many
of which are somewhat rare. These are mostly pictures I've found around the net, and
some were e-mailed to me. Unfortunately I don't have all the names of the people who
put these on the net, so just let me know if something should be changed. For now you
can view the 100 new pictures here. Thanks to everyone who
have contributed with pics, including all the people I didn't get permission from ;)
Some interesting Nirvana recordings turned up recently. First, an almost complete
recording of the show Nirvana did in Slovenia on February 27 1994 has turned up.
The recording is about 60 minutes long and is lacking the first two tracks, and
the last two. Luckily the first two tracks surfaced in a Croatian TV special a
while ago. The show is very good, including a lot of comments from Krist with his
Croatian accent, and a brief cover of a song by a Croatian band called Đavoli (The
Devils). I will have some soundclips up of this show shortly. Also surfacing not
too long ago was the semi-complete encore of the show Nirvana did in Argentina on
October 30 1992. Most of the show came out on a commercial bootleg a long time ago,
but it was missing the last two tracks - "All Apologies" and "Endless, Nameless".
Some radio, in Spain I believe, aired 'All Apologies' and most of 'Endless, Nameless'
but the quality is not that good. I will also get soundclips of these tracks up soon.
"On April 9, MTV Germany played the complete version of 'Lithium' from the
MTV Video Music Awards 1992, including the 'Rape Me' into. It was during
the show MTV Sushi, which I only got to watch the last twenty minutes of.
The host was wearing a Nirvana In Utero t-shirt, and they played 'Lithium,'
the 'Heart-Shaped Box' video, 'The Man Who Sold The World' from MTV Unplugged
and they showed the band receiving the MTV Video Music Awards in 1992 and 1993."
This story was courtesy of Reidar. Also thanks to Chris for sharing the story.
I'm sure a lot of people have wondered why MTV have never aired Nirvana's
complete Unplugged performance - including the songs "Something in the way"
and "Oh Me" - available on the CD release of the show. Well to clear this
up a bit I decided to ask Alex, the producer of the show, what the reason
for this was; "The songs were originally cut due to time constraints. on
a lot of unplugged's, we tape extra songs to give the artists and myself
some options in case something didn't come out right. in this case, all
the performances were solid, so kurt and i made the decision on what we
thought the best show would be. i knew all the meat puppet songs couldn't
make it, at the time 2 seemed like plenty. kurt decided which two should
stay. as for 'something in the way', i think it was my call to leave that
one out in favor of one of the other songs...i can't quite remember which.
as silly as it sounds, sometimes the length of a song plays into it...we
are locked into time constraints due to commercial breaks and stuff. as
for airing those songs, i always hoped we'd do a nirvana unplugged home
video or dvd where we could include all the additional footage. to add
those 2 songs to the show would mean we'd need to drop two songs, and i'd
rather live with one version of the show on air. off air however (cd/home
video/dvd) i would love to see all the footage released, including some of
that great making of footage used in the 'bare witness' special. that's more
up to the label and management as to if or when a home video would be made
available. another option is to see if we could stream those two songs at
mtv.com the next time we air the show." Thanks a bunch to Alex for this info.
Today it has been exactly three years since this website opened. As you might know, it followed my first Nirvana site - "The Danish Nirvana Page" - a site that opened sometime in early 1996. On April 8, 1997 I moved the whole thing to the domain nirvanaclub.com and changed it to "The Internet Nirvana Fan Club", a name based on the fact that it was originally intended to be a Nirvana Fan Club. Though, the idea of having a fan club with a member section and things like that was scrapped after about nine months. After that, it just remained a regular fan site, just as today. Though, despite the fact that I haven't had a fan club for more than two years I still get e-mails almost daily from people asking how to join the club. Anyway, during those 3 years we've had almost 2 million hits and received a lot of attention from around the globe. It is also worth to mention that the Discussion Board - that started with a new interface in July 1999 - now has more than 1.000 registered users and a number of posted messages exceeding 50.000. There is even one user who only registered in September last year, but has currently made around 5.000 posts alone. Thanks to everyone who have visited this website, those who click the sponsor banners and all the great people using the discussion forums. Also a huge thanks to Nirvana, without whom this website would never have been possible.
Of course, another noticeable "anniversary" today is that exactly six years ago, Kurt Cobain's body was found in his home in Seattle. Friday, April 8 '94 is a day that will never be forgotten, especially for those of us listening to Nirvana. Let's use this day to thank Kurt and Nirvana for all the great music they gave us before the end. Rest in peace, Kurt and long live NIRVANA !
Just a quick reminder that today's issue of the British magazine Kerrang! has a feature on Kurt Cobain, including a picture of him on the cover.
"This isn't really too Nirvana related but last night MTV News 1515 did a special addition for the Chili Peppers and FF tour. Dave, Taylor, and Chad (Chili) went to a karaoke bar and Dave and Taylor sang 'My Best Friends Girl', which Nirvana performed on 3/1/94." Thanks to Joel for this tidbit.
"P3 which is Swedens biggest radio station had a contest where the listeners could call and vote for the best song played in the 90's and there were many voters. The winner was Nirvana's 'Rape me'. " Thanks to John for that info.
"Oasis launched the U.S. leg of their world tour Wednesday in Seattle. Fans cheered wildly when Noel Gallagher dedicated a cover of Neil Young's 'Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)' to Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, who killed himself six years ago this week. Cobain paraphrased the tune in his suicide note." Thanks to Max Bauer for passing on this story from Rocknews. Also thanks to Reidar for the news. NME also put up a story about the tribute, adding; "The band, playing the city's Paramount Theatre, performed a cover of Neil Young's 'Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)' - the song famously quoted by Cobain in his suicide note - as an encore to a rousing reception from a capacity crowd in the Nirvana singer's former hometown. Noel Gallagher was enthusiastically cheered by the crowd as he matter-of-factly introduced the song with the words: 'We'd like to dedicate this to Kurt Cobain who died six years ago today.' And a large section of the audience sang along with him when he reached the 'It's better to burn out than to fade away' line which Cobain wrote in the scrawled note police found next to his body in April 1994. This opening night of the month-long US leg of the 'Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants' world tour was Oasis' sixth appearance in Seattle in as many years and the third time they have launched a US tour from here." Courtesy of NME.
Ok, let's look back on some of the Nirvana specials that aired last night
in honour of the 6-year anniversary of Kurt's death. I hope that it didn't
cause too many problems that the site was officially closed yesterday. Gave
you extra time to watch TV I suppose :) First to the "Nirvana: The Story
so far" show that aired on MTV Germany. This one sucked. First of all the
damn program started about 5 minutes prior to its announced time. The show
was basically a 20-min collage of incomplete Nirvana videos, 5-second clips
of interviews and clips from the MTV Awards from 1992. Not only were the
music videos incomplete, but some were even edited, ie. the Heart-Shaped
Box video was missing the guitar solo near the end. It was truly a very
terrible show, unless you've never seen a Nirvana music video before.
After that they aired the Unplugged. But to make matters even worse, the
fools started airing it at 10:22 PM - 8 minutes prior to the announced
time! Eight minutes! You really got the sense that the producers
were thinking "Let's get this Cobain thing over with, so we can get back
to playing videos with those cute Hanson brothers."
Thanks to Sebastiaan for this. Oli Smith sent in a review of the Nirvana night at
M2; "I watched the M2, special. It was pretty good, basically it started of showing
the 'Bare witness' program, which was amazing loads of stuff I hadn't seen before.
Best part when Kurt went into the crowd and hugged some younger audience members.
Then they showed the inevitable unplugged show (about time they did a whole live
show I think) then straight afterwards they played three videos by Hole; Celebrity
skin, violet and gold dust women, which was a little rare. Then the programmers forgot
what they were doing and started playing R'n'B and rap , for 15 minutes then cut into
it, by playing a videography which I was pretty excited about, but they only played
(complete) come as you are, heart shaped box, lithium, teen spirit, then they did
man who sold the world which they had previously shown on the unplugged show. and
that was basically it. Conclusion: bare witness=great, unplugged=timeless, hole
videos=great, a lot of junk videos, then 5 NIRVANA videos(videography) bit of a
let down. Still great show." Thanks to Oli for that! Lewis Smith also sent in a
bit of info about the special, adding that "M2's Unplugged had like a 10 minute
fault the tape just stopped on Polly and it was looped. Otherwise great."
Thanks to Robert and Charlie for this info. The show aired April 5 at 12 AM.
Just to remind you of some of the Nirvana specials airing tonight, here are
the times. First, the British VH-1 will air an "Egos and Icons" special about
Nirvana at 9:00 PM, UK (10 PM, CET). MTV UK will air Nirvana's unplugged at
1:00 AM, UK (2 AM, CET). MTV Europe will air Nirvana's unplugged at 10 PM CET,
followed by their "Bare Witness" special at 11 PM, CET. The German MTV will air
a special called "Nirvana: The Story So Far" at 10 PM, CET, followed by Nirvana's
Unplugged at 10:30 PM, CET. More info here.
The Dutch TMF will air a few Nirvana specials, beginning at 8 PM, CET. MTV in
the US will air Nirvana's unplugged at 12:00 AM, 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM today, all
Central Time. Today, MTV2 (M2) in Europe is having a Nirvana day, and will air a
'Kurt Cobain remembered special', Nirvana's MTV Unplugged show and a 30min show
called 'Nirvana - A video history'. I believe this Nirvana night begins at 11 PM,
CET today. I don't believe the European VH1 nor the US VH1 are airing any Nirvana
specials tonight. Also airing today should be the documentary "Kurt and Courtney"
on City Tv, out of Toronto. Thanks to Allan for this info.
"German MTV will air a special called 'Nirvana: The Story So Far' on Wednesday
[April 5] at 10 PM CET. At 10:30 PM they'll air Unplugged again." Thanks a lot
to Reidar for e-mailing me this information.
It seems that the latest Nirvana book, "Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects" is finally out. According to the largest online bookstore, Amazon, it was published in February 2000. However they also state that "You may order it now and we will ship it to you when it arrives" ! So apparently it has not arrived to them yet. Funnily, if you check the other major online book store Barnes & Noble - they have the book listed and don't mention anything about pre-orders. So one would assume that they have it in stock and it has also received a few reviews already. In any case this book should contain a lot of interesting information that was previously unpublished. Obviously, I have not yet read it but hopefully I'll get a copy of it soon. If you have it please feel free to send a review or your comments about it. The book's ISBN is: 0312206631 and it was written by Kurt St. Thomas and Troy Smith. It was, apparently, published by St. Martin's Press sometime in February 2000. More info at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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