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NFC News Happy New Year!


Happy New Year From the NFC!

Thanks to everyone who visited in 2007 and welcome to those who will visit us in 2008! This past year marked the 10th anniversary of the NFC - a milestone we are very proud of reaching. Many thanks for your continued support. And thanks to the Nirvana camp for keeping the legacy alive with a great new DVD release this year. Rock on!

Maja Rasmussen, du var den smukkeste!
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 12-30-2007 @ 6:58 AM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Takes the #1 Spot in VH-1 poll
The fans have spoken and VH1 is celebrating the music of the 90s like it never has before. In an online poll, VH1.com users have voted Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as the greatest song from the 90s.

With more than 600,000 votes cast, the countdown list was determined by an online poll at VH1.com where viewers had the opportunity to pick their favorite songs of the '90s from all genres -- rock, pop, rap or R&B.

VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the 90s" will let viewers reminisce with the top 100 songs that have had the greatest influence and effect on music and pop culture, leaving a lasting impact. Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" takes the honor of being the number one song on the countdown. The 1991 song not only propelled the Seattle grunge group to stardom, but allowed alternative music to hit the mainstream charts. This five-night event of "block-rockin' beats" will not only count down your favorite 90s jams, it will also reveal the story behind each tune and bring you up to date on what the decade's greatest stars are doing today with all new and exclusive interviews.

Read the full story here.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 12-22-2007 @ 5:13 AM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News Crocodile Café in Seattle closing down
The legendary club where Nirvana played is now closing. Read the full story here. Also see our news entry below for Krist Novoselic's blog on the subject. Thanks to Dave for the link.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 12-22-2007 @ 4:20 AM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News New blog entry from Krist Novoselic
As reported earlier, Krist is currently writing a blog for SeattleWeekly.com. A couple of days ago, he posted a new entry - this one about the closing of the legendary Crocodile Café in Seattle:

"The Crocodile Cafe came into being at the same time Nirvana hit it big [..] Nirvana did a great show at the Croc. We played mostly new material. There’s a box of about 3 or 4 camcorder cassettes of the performance somewhere. (Our road manager worked his way through the crowd and seized the tapes.)"

Read the complete entry here which also includes an mp3 of Krist, Dave Grohl and Buzz Osbourne performing a cover of the Flipper classic Sacrifice.

Don't miss Krist's previous blog entries here.

Special thanks to the Seattle Weekly!
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 12-22-2007 @ 4:18 AM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News Win Nirvana's back catalogue
The site gigwise.com has put up a contest where you can win most of Nirvana's back catalogue. You can find it online here.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 12-01-2007 @ 1:52 PM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News New TAD DVD
Seattle Grunge Rockers TAD are the subject of a new DVD to be released in February 2008: "Sex, Drugs, and Rock N Roll with a side dish of lawsuits and in-band turmoil, Busting Circuits and Ringing Ears chronicles the band’s rise and eventual disintegration. It contains archival footage spanning the band's entire career, from the club days to the arenas. The documentary also utilizes insightful interviews from some of Seattle's most respected musicians including Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Chad Channing (Nirvana), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Mark Felchtone (Zeke), and many others.

The audience will be taken on a musical journey from the highest of the highs, to the bands all time lows. It’s truly a frustrating story of the band's repeated bad luck juxtaposed with a close-up look at their influential musical approach. As Charles Cross (author/writer) states in the movie, this is a story of, 'What could have been as opposed to what was'."


The DVD spans some 90 minutes and will be released on February 19, 2008 by MVD Entertaiment Group. More info and cover art here.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 12-01-2007 @ 1:24 PM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News Heavier Than Heaven - now in Danish
The popular Kurt Cobain biography by Charles R. Cross Heavier Than Heaven is now available in a Danish version. The translation was done by Steen Fiil. You can read a review of the Danish edition here (in Danish!). The book is available for purchase online from the Gaffa shop.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 12-01-2007 @ 1:12 PM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News NFC reviews Unplugged in New York DVD
Recently released, the NIRVANA Unplugged in New York DVD marks the first official video release of the legendary performance that took place in New York City on a cold November evening in 1993. While the performance has been aired around the world - regularly on MTV and VH-1 - the 44-minute broadcast omitted two songs and much banter in between other songs.

The complete 66-minute show is a remarkable glimpse into the extraordinary power of Nirvana as a live band, even in a considerably different setting than what they were used to and accustomed with.

Certainly, they had done short acoustic performances before, and even added an acoustic portion to their live shows of the era, but the Unplugged show was truly the first of its kind for the band.

Showcasing Cobain's incredible vocals for one, the performance shot straight to number one on the Billboard 200 chart when it was released on CD in 1994 (and even picked up a Grammy in 1996).

The DVD brings you the show in crystal clear quality, featuring a brand new sound mix in 5.1 DTS and Dolby Digital. As mentioned, the DVD includes the complete show - including two songs (Oh Me and Something In The Way) not previously broadcast. Though, one of the highlights of the DVD is the funny comments and unexpected moments in between the songs, which was also cut from the original broadcast. E.g. the audience shouting out song requests (including the mandatory yell for Freebird!) and the band attempting jams of Scentless Apprentice, In Bloom, Sweet Home Alabama, among others.

There's also the option of adding subtitles to the DVD which can be helpful to illuminate Kurt's muffled prose, and even clear up some previously unresolved issues. E.g. whether he says "Most people don't know it" or "Most people don't own it" [the first record] before diving into About A Girl (he actually says the latter).



It goes without saying that Nirvana Unplugged is an incredible live performance that gets a much deserved and long overdue DVD release. While I haven't had the chance to experience the new sound mix, most fans seem to agree that it gives a whole new depth and fidelity to the performance. Indeed, the sound (even in 2.0) sounds richer and more detailed than ever before, allowing you to hear the individual instruments better than before. The cello, for one, is far more prominent in the sound mix, for better or worse. The camera mix is also different, allowing you to see new angles of the participants and a new way of watching the show - like watching it for the first time. In general, it is a very well-produced and professionally conceived release.

As for the bonus material, the DVD contains much sought-after footage of the Unplugged rehearsals. Never before seen (except for a few seconds in MTV specials), the footage has been near the top of the Nirvana fans wishlist for many years. Thus, the addition of five songs from the rehearsals (comprising some 22 minutes) is a quite excellent bonus feature. The rehearsals show a rough and unrestricted glimpse into how the band prepared for the show, and a Kurt Cobain that seemed unmotivated at best for the task he was about to perform. There's also an interesting version of Pennyroyal Tea with Pat Smear on backup vocals.



The other bonus feature is the "Bare Witness" special which has been aired on MTV and VH-1 multiple times. It's a fairly good production, featuring interviews with band members, the MTV producer Alex Coletti, and various others associated with the show. The documentary is somewhat bland and uninspired at times, but the DVD would not be complete without it. A 2007 documentary with footage from the vaults and new interviews wouldn't have hurt, though.

As a final bonus, the DVD also contains the normal MTV broadcast version of the show which is a nice addition.

In conclusion: this is a great Nirvana release and it is a joy to finally be able to pop this show in your DVD player without resorting to a generated bootleg copy. Indeed, an unauthorized copy of the master recording of the complete performance has been circulating in fan circles since the mid-90s. It's equally a joy that the Nirvana camp has listened to requests from the fans by including substantial footage from the rehearsals, as well as mixing the sound in 5.1. Of course, one could argue that the DVD should have been out many years ago, but with the complications involved in the legal aspect of the Nirvana legacy, we're fortunate to get this at all, I suppose. Compared to last year's vastly unnecessary and arguably poor Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! DVD, this is a good example of what the fans have craved.

Nirvana: Unplugged in New York - rating 5 out of 5. Available in stores NOW. Buy it online.

The DVD has also touched a new generation of Nirvana fans -- 13-year old Bianca shared the following review:

"Yesterday I bought Nirvana: Unplugged on DVD and ... well ... I am speechless. I can't really describe it, it's more of something you feel and take into account. However, I can tell you this; just by immediately taking out the disc and putting it into the DVD player and the beginning of the performance coming on right from the start, I felt that I should just watch the performance in its entirety. It did me well.

It's just really heart-wrenching because you could see the pain and angst that was bottled-up inside of Cobain. Almost as if he knew he wasn't going to be here much longer. A tear nearly ran down my face. At the end of the whole performance, I just naturally felt the need to bow my head in respect of Kurt and Nirvana.

It's a breath-taking sight, if you have $20.00 to spend, do yourself a huge favor and BUY IT!"
Thanks to Bianca and her mother for sharing this review.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 12-01-2007 @ 1:09 PM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News George McFly considered for Nirvana?!
In a recent interview, Crispin Glover - the singer and actor famous for portraying the role of Marty McFly's father in the Back to the Future movies - was supposedly considered for a stint in Nirvana.

In the interview with The A.V. Club (an online entertainment newspaper), he is asked if Kurt Cobain ever reached out to him about joining Nirvana:

"[Laughs.] I had heard that he liked my work, and I think that I did hear something about that. But my interests have always been somewhat different than being involved really in popular music. I know people don't call certain kinds of music popular music, but that's the way I differentiate between orchestral music and stanza/refrain music. But that isn't—I had a novelty record [the 1989 album The Big Problem Does Not Equal The Solution, The Solution Equals Let It Be] that has stanza/refrain in it as well, but it's not what my main focus in my life is.

AV Club: You would have turned him down, then?

Crispin Glover: Oh, I don't know. I'm certainly certain it wasn't something that was in earnest. The way that my first record came out was because there were two music producers who did contact me and did want me to do things, and were quite serious about it, and that's how it came about. If there had been a real serious effort by somebody, I suppose it's something I would have probably thought about, but that wasn't the situation, so. [Laughs.]"


Excerpt courtesy of avclub.com. Read the entire interview here.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 12-01-2007 @ 12:23 PM (GMT) by RH.

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