- - - June 30, 2001 - - -
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
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'.
- - - June 29, 2001 - - -
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
be correct. Krist writes in his article that, in the late 80's; "Cobain, Channing and I started a
sub chapter S corporation. We were each officers in this corporation and split ownership equally."
"In the Summer of 1990, for personal and musical reasons, Chad Channing
and the band parted ways. It was an amicable split and the good intentions were reflected in Mr. Channing
leaving the business with what all parties agreed was a fair settlement." The main 'musical reason'
that Chad left the band was that his drumming didn't fit with the type of music that Nirvana wanted
to do, and intended to do in the future. He was replaced by Dave Grohl and Grohl was made a full partner.
"We holed up for two months in a barn on the North end of Tacoma to put together
the music for our second album. These were intense sessions where we played and played and played."
Another interesting tidbit that I personally didn't know. I assume these recordings, among other things,
yielded the interesting Nirvana version of "Old Age" of which a short clip was published by a Seattle
newspaper a few years back. The full version remains to be released. Hopefully it will be included
with tbe boxed set.
Some details on the Geffen contract; "During this period [spring/summer of '91] Nirvana
signed a recording contract with Geffen records and a publishing contract with EMI. The structure of these
contracts was reflective of our own business agreement. Assets and liabilities were split equally. We
also gained professional management by Mr. John Silva, then of Gold Mountain Entertainment."
Once again, it's interesting to note that "Assets and liabilities were split equally".
"That November, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', a song that Cobain, Grohl and I co-authored,
began enjoying tremendous success." In the booklet for the 1996 live album, it says; "All songs written by
Kurt Cobain expect 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' ...". The reason for this is simply that the song was not
written by Kurt alone, but by all three members of Nirvana - as Krist notes in his article.
After the success of Nirvana, and after Kurt met Courtney Love, "Mr. Cobain proposed an
amendment to the structure of our agreement with EMI Publishing to allow him a greater share of the
revenue from the publishing of the Nirvana catalogue. As it had become quite clear by this time
that Kurt was to be the primary writer in the group, Mr. Grohl and I both agreed to the amendment."
I don't know how great Cobain's share ultimately was, but I have heard as high as 96% being reported.
Again, I don't know what the exact figure is. In any case, Kurt's share was higher than Krist and
Dave's, because he was the "primary writer in the group" which, of course, is true since Kurt was
the main writer of all Nirvana songs.
"Out of respect not only to Kurt Cobain's memory but also to his mother and sister,
his daughter Frances, and to Ms. Love -- I made the decision (as did David Grohl) to not grant any
interviews on the topic" [of Kurt Cobain's death and Nirvana in general]. This is the reason
we haven't seen any interviews with Krist about Nirvana since 1994, except for some minor comments
here and there. Grohl has not done any interviews exclusively about Nirvana, but is often asked
about them in Foo Fighters interviews, and he has also commented on the boxed set a number of
times. Courtney has done interviews on the topic of Cobain and Nirvana, most notably in a long
Rolling Stone interview.
A while after Kurt died, a partnership was formed [I assume this is Nirvana L.L.C.];
"We decided that the best course would be to negotiate a partnership agreement
between us all. I refer to it as the Nirvana constitution. It lays down rules for us to function.
The formula is simple. On administrative matters there needs to be a majority vote. In regards to
assets, there needs to be a unanimous vote. Courtney controls any Kurt Cobain indicia, (That's
morally part of the estate anyway.) This was a fair deal to us all." Courtney has been trying
to dissolve this partnership in the courts. See the court documents for more details.
"In 1998 the partnership signed an amendment to its contract with Geffen. We agreed
to deliver a Box Set collection for greater controls over licensing and better royalty rates. With the intent
-- as the only surviving founding member of Nirvana -- of seeing that our contractual obligations
were met, I began work compiling recordings for potential inclusion on the box-set." This statement
is in particular interesting, as it confirms that the boxed set started as far back as 1998 - around
the same time I started a section of this site, dedicated to news and info about the box. I am sure
many believed, myself included, that even today - the box was still in it's early stages and hadn't
been worked on much. Fortunately, it was indeed started as far back as 1998.
"At the time  Nirvana was approached by a MTV executive and filmmaker
who wanted to direct a film biography on the life of Kurt Cobain. Her approach and ideas were compelling. Also,
the film could dove tail into a promotional effort around the box set, a tenth anniversary re-issue
of Nevermind and other Nirvana product. I was informed that MTV and Paramount pictures would produce
the film. After we were ensured a good measure of approval rights Dave and I got on board." I have
personally not heard much about this movie, until I read Krist's article. I don't know if the movie
is still being worked on, or if it has been dropped entirely. It seems to have been, as Krist later
says that; "After a while, the whole film issue sputtered out.".
A re-issue of the Nevermind album surprises me a bit. I don't really see the purpose of such a
re-issue. The plans of this have probably also been dropped, as the 1998 re-issue of Bleach was (mostly
for legal reasons).
On a post at the hole.com discussion board earlier this year, Courtney said that Krist had
apparently threatened to throw Nirvana tapes off a bridge. To that Krist says; "Regarding
Ms. Love's assertion that I threatened to erase Nirvana master tapes, I can only say that my words were taken out
of context as a means of attempting to distort my meaning for the purpose of a more potentially
convincing legal brief. After listening to hours and hours of recordings for the box set project,
I determined that there were some outtakes that sounded really bad. In this day and age of limited
copyright protection in cyberspace, I was afraid that these recordings could leak out of our
organization and hit the World Wide Web. I told Courtney that I felt we should erase some of
these tapes because they are redundant and a poor representation of the group. Having worked so
closely with Kurt Cobain, I know that he would feel the same as we occasionally practiced this while
he was alive. Kurt had a very high level discretion in regards to art." It's noble that Krist only
wants to release recordings that give a good representation of Kurt and Nirvana's music. But even
so, I am sure a lot of Nirvana fans would be interested in any out takes, even if they were
in poor quality (to a certain extent of course). It's understandable, though, that he is worried about
material leaking out, and getting spread around the net, as poor quality and generated recordings.
The following quote from Krist's article proves once again how much control Courtney has
over Nirvana; "For instance, neither David Grohl nor myself have the right to use
a 'solo photo' of Kurt Cobain in the promotion of any Nirvana-related material without the expressed consent of
Ms. Love (via the Estate...which has sole control over any solo likeness of Kurt Cobain). Neither
David Grohl nor myself can release anything using the music of Nirvana without the expressed consent
of Ms. Love (via the Estate...which controls the publishing rights of Mr. Cobain's catalogue as a
songwriter)." You can read Krist's full article here.
The latest NFC Poll, which is VERY relevant to the story above and the recent developments, asks the
question; "Who should be in charge of the next Nirvana release?". After 5059 votes, the results were as
follows: "Krist and Dave" - 3831 votes (76%), "Courtney Love" - 297 votes (6%), "Krist, Dave & Courtney"
- 620 votes (12%), "Nirvana's record label" - 177 votes (3%), "Nirvana's management" - 134 votes (3%). So,
as this poll clearly proves, the wast majority of Nirvana fans do not want Courtney involved with
the boxed set. I believe a poll question of "Who should control the rights to Nirvana" would have yielded
the same result. In other words, most people visting this site feel that Krist and Dave should control the
rights to Nirvana rather than Courtney. In fact, the "Krist and Dave" answer got a much higher number of
votes than "Krist, Dave and Courtney". You can still vote on the main page, if you haven't already.
Earlier today, Courtney Love made a post on the hole.com discussion board, talking about the court case,
the boxed set and related things. As usual, her post doesn't make much sense, but it does contain some
interesting information. You can read it here,
courtesy of 'CapCrazy'.
In regards to the court case, here are the most essential parts of the June 11 verdict. Basically,
Courtney wanted to prevent Krist and Dave from releasing Nirvana material without her permission
and consent, in particular the song "You Know You're Right".
1. Plaintiffs' [Courtney] Motion is GRANTED IN PART, as follows;
2. Plaintiffs Love and Cobain, and defendants Grohl, Novoselic and Nirvana, L.L.C., and Universal
Music Group, Inc., together with the officers, agents, servants, employees and attorneys of each, and the
subsidiaries, successors, assigns and affiliates of each, and all other persons and entities in active
concert and participation with any of the above-named persons and entities who receive actual notice
of this Order, are enjoined from destroying, degrading, altering, modifying, adding to or subtracting
from any of the recordings of Kurt Cobain or Nirvana until further order of this Court;
3. 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;
So what does this mean? It means that a) Krist and Dave cannot destroy, degrade, modify or otherwise
alter existing recordings by Kurt and Nirvana. This is actually a good thing. b) Krist and Dave are
prohibited from releasing the song "You Know You're Right" without consent from Courtney or a court
order. Alas, only Courtney can release this song, or give Krist and Dave permission to do so. Thus,
it is unlikely that it will be included with the boxed set. Will the boxed set be released in October?
I don't know. As I see it, they have the option of releasing the set now, without this song, or keep
fighting with Courtney in the courts, to possibly get the song included (and thus delay the release
significantly). As far as I can tell, the above ruling only prevents Krist and Dave from
releasing this song, and not other Nirvana recordings. If a legal expert or lawyer wants to
comment further on this, let me know.
- - - June 28, 2001 - - -
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
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
"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.
"Dave Grohl has been reported to be drumming on a few songs on Queens
Of The Stoneage's next album. He's a big fan of their music and has
offered his drum services. The Queens gladly accepted his offer!"
Thanks to Dave for this story.
- - - June 27, 2001 - - -
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!
- - - June 25, 2001 - - -
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.
- - - June 22, 2001 - - -
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
"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.
- - - June 13, 2001 - - -
"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.
- - - June 12, 2001 - - -
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.
- - - June 9, 2001 - - -
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.
"In next months (well, Augusts) edition of Total Guitar magazine there will be a Kurt
Cobain feature." Thanks to Evan.
The NFC Discussion Board, operating with a new script that I wrote, has now been up for
a little over a month and seems to be running smoothly. A few problems here and there
have been fixed, and most of the features - from the user's point of view - that the old
script offered, have also been implemented with the new one. The entire script operates
on a database, making it very fast and efficient. During the first month the script has
been in use, the board has gotten a little over 30.000 messages spread over some 2.500 different
topics ('threads'). In addition, there is now about 4.000 registered users. At the moment,
however, new users cannot register. The registration option will return shortly. Check out
the NFC Board here.
"On mtv.com they have posted a story about the artist Tricky whose new album will
include a 'haunting take on Nirvana's Something in the Way.' He also works with fellow
Rockers RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS. You can read the rest of the story here."
Thanks to 'Mr. Apple' and CP.
- - - June 4, 2001 - - -
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
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.