|NFC News 08/2002|
- - - August 16, 2002 - - -
Nirvana's former 2nd guitarist Pat Smear will be auctioning off some of his legendary
guitars in a near future. There will be some other really great stuff as well for the
Nirvana fans. The first guitar should be up this Sunday. Note that the seller is not
Pat himself, but one of his friends. As mentioned, the first auction should be up on Sunday.
Speaking of Eyes Adrift, check here to read their 'official' bio, including interview quotes from the band members. Also thanks to Pam.
Earlier in the week, yet another rare Nirvana recording made it's way onto the Internet. This time around it was in the form of a very interesting 39-minute demo that the band recorded in Rio de Janeiro on January 22, 1993. The session was used to practice songs for the upcoming album In Utero, and to give it's producer Steve Albini an idea of what they were planning to do. The songs performed that day include demos of 'Heart-Shaped Box', 'Milk it', 'Scentless Apprentice' and 'Very Ape' - all of which were re-recorded for In Utero. Also recorded was 'Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip', the only track from this session that has been released officially (as a hidden track on the European version of In Utero). Most interestingly, the session concluded with two unknown songs and a cover of the Terry Jacks classic 'Seasons in the Sun'.
NME put up a story on the session, talking about the unknown track; "Mystery surrounds what appears to be a previously unheard NIRVANA song that has surfaced online. Dedicated fans of the band believe that the untitled track, which doesn't feature on any official band release, has somehow been unearthed almost a decade after it was committed to tape. Not commercial like the much-touted 'You Know You You're Right', the five-minute song features a spoken word middle eight, in which Kurt Cobain is heard to moan 'If we did not have chemicals / you would not be writing my death certificate.' " Courtesy of NME.
Another new Nirvana book is on it's way. However, this time it's one that is essentially written by the fans. "Motivated by the feeling for the need for the real fans to have a say rather than some big mouldy cheese telling you how it is, this book of Nirvana is being put together minus the regurgitated stories you've heard over and over again. This book will be writen purely by the fans for the fans which means YOU! The aim of the book is to document the Nirvana 'phenomena' from the point of view of the fans, rather than from the music journo's and critics. So we're asking for you to contribute your Nirvana stories about gigs, the band, the songs, etc." The book will, if all goes well, be completed by the end of 2003 and could very well include YOUR story. So if you want to submit something, click here for more information. Thanks to Kelly for the link and info.
"Rolling Stone are asking for votes for the '100 Greatest Albums Ever' for the 35-year anniversary issue. If you go to the RS site, you will see the 'Nevermind' cover and then they ask you for your #1 pick and 9 others." Thanks to Jordana. Visit Rolling Stone Magazine's website here.
- - - August 14, 2002 - - -
Today, Charles R. Cross released a press release concerning the paperback edition
of his book Heavier Than Heaven and his new book tour. Interestingly, the
press release mentioned that the readings will, when possible,
"include rare never-before-heard Nirvana music". The paperback edition of the
book was released in the US on August 12, priced at $14.95. In other news, various rare
editions of the book are being sold to collectors while supplies last. To read the
full press release, click here. Here's the
finalized schedule to Mr. Cross' west coast tour to promote his book and do readings:
In 1993 Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times did a lengthy interview with Kurt Cobain. The complete interview has never been published, even though it was meant to be distributed through the website throttlebox.com a few years ago. However, after just a short segment was released, the plans were cancelled due to their various bad intentions. According to a Nirvana fan who e-mailed Jim, however, he is planning to publish a book that will include the interview or, alternatively, put it on the Internet if the book doesn't happen. Thanks to Chris and Jim DeRogatis for the info.
A little update on the 'new' Nirvana song that turned up recently; According to an article in a magazine from Argentina, the song is called "Nobody Knows I'm New Wave". A full setlist of the show was posted in the magazine article from the time of the show, which also features an interview with Dave Grohl that took place after the show. It's likely that the person who wrote the article got the setlist from a member of the band, possibly Dave, as the journalist was not familiar with Nirvana's song titles. It is not 100% certain, however, that this is what happened and that the song title is indeed correct. For now, you may view a scan of the magazine article in question by clicking here. Thanks to Sebastian for the scan. Also thanks to Lily.
- - - August 12, 2002 - - -
A little more Eyes Adrift news; as mentioned previously the guys will release their
self-titled first album on September 24 on SpinART records. The first single is called
"Alaska". They are embarking on another tour in September and October. Already now, Krist
Novoselic and Curt Kirkwood from the band are scheduled to perform an acoustic set at the
Samuel Adams World Class Summer Jam in Boston, MA on August 23 at 6.30 PM. The last time Krist
and Curt did an acoustic set together was when The Meat Puppets joined Nirvana's Unplugged in 1993.
Other song titles on their first album include; "Sleight Of Hand," "Inquiring Minds," "Untried,"
"Blind Me," "Dottie Dawn & Julie Jewel," "Solid," "Pyramids," "Telescope," "Slow Race," "What
I Said," and "Pasted." Thanks to Julie and LAUNCH.com for the information.
- - - August 8, 2002 - - -
A 'new' Nirvana song turned up in the Nirvana community this week. The tune stems
from a video of the band playing in Argentina on October 30, 1992. Apparently, the
incomplete professional recording was being sold on eBay and a Nirvana fan from
livenirvana.com picked it up. As it turns out, the show opens with an interesting
song that doesn't seem to have been played before (or since) - at least not at shows
of which a recording exists in trader circles. The song, about 3 minutes long, have
somewhat sketchy lyrics that include the words "I'm New Wave / I'm Old School" according
to one transcript. Many argue that the track is merely a quick jam the band did to open
the show and warm up, rather than an actual song. For now, you may listen to a clip of
it by clicking here. Thanks to Lauri and others for
the link. Also a big thanks to Bill Mayer.
- - - August 3, 2002 - - -
MTV Europe recently celebrated their 15th anniversary and announced that MTV UK
listed Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' as the video that had been played the
most; "NIRVANA's 'SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT' video has been played
on MTV in the UK more than any other track. The promo tops a list compiled to mark
the station's 15th anniversary of broadcasting in Europe. Only three of the tracks in
the top 10 are from British acts, with Oasis' 'Wonderwall' the highest at number two.
Surprisingly, Soundgarden enter at Three with their 1994 single 'Black Hole Sun'. Few
of the tracks are more than ten years old." The classic 'Money for Nothing' by
Dire Straits was the first ever video to be played on MTV Europe. In addition, MTV
recently played a video representing each year - from 1987 to 2002 - and Nirvana's
Smells Like Teen Spirit represented the year of 1991. Thanks to Clive and others.
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