Happy Valentine’s Day from Nirvana & Shonen Knife!
7/3/92 - Madrid, Spain.
"We spent some time away from each other just to do our own things, but we’re looking forward to getting back to how things were, lock ourselves away and work. Our new record’s just gotta sound different I’ve been on this big rant lately of how transition is natural, continental drift, the seasons, the weather’s different every day, people grow older and change. When I think of ‘Nevermind’ now, I think of interviews and being famous. Now I’m focusing on this new record and not even considering anything that’s happened, and maybe we can come out absolved." - Krist Novoselic.
1/10/92 - MTV Studios, New York, NY.
Nirvana destroys their gear after performing ‘Territorial Pissings.’
Happy 20th Anniversary "Incesticide."
"Midway through our conversation, the Federal Express man rings the doorbell. Novoselic brings the package into the den and opens it to find a framed gold record signifying sales of 500,000 for Incesticide, the compilation of B-sides and rarities that Nirvana released after Nevermind." - Jim DeRogatis (Interviewer), 1993.
"She’s [Frances Bean] amazing! One of the best things that ever happened to me, and very stabilizing. but don’t, um, make it seem like I’m all rich and married and settled. I mean, I am, but…" - Kurt Cobain, 1993.
"I like the EMP approach: it’s scholarly, these are museum people. I said to Jacob: Come on over, because I’ve got all this gear just laying around in a closet. Here are the photos – go through them and take what you want. Here’s the Buck Owens American guitar [played by Pat Smear on MTV Unplugged] – take it. Here’s a guitar I dropped on my head, famously. Take it! Here’s a bass I played on Unplugged. Take it! Those are good instruments that I enjoyed playing, but guitars grow legs and they walk off. Never to be seen again. Someone swiped my guitar right off the stage at the 1992 Reading festival. Who knows where that guitar is? Because I was in Nirvana, I can’t take these guitars out of the house. So I figured if people would enjoy it, I might as well hand them to a museum, where it’s put in context and it’s educational.” - Krist Novoselic, 2011.
"When we played in Buenos Aires , we brought this all-girl band over from Portland called Calamity Jane, during their entire set, the whole audience - it was a huge show with like 60,000 people - was throwing money and everything out of their pockets, mud and rocks, just pelting them. Eventually the girls stormed off crying. It was terrible, one of the worst things I’ve ever seen, such a mass of sexism all at once. Krist, knowing my attitude about things like that, tried to talk me out of at least setting myself on fire or refusing to play. We ended up just having fun, laughing at them. Before every song, I’d play the intro to ‘Teen Spirit’ and then stop. They didn’t realize that we were protesting against what they’d done. We played for about forty minutes, and most of the songs were off Incesticide, so they didn’t recognize anything." - Kurt Cobain.
"I was just a walking zombie, I didn’t have very many emotions left. But still, playing live was good enough, it made me feel good. Especially in Japan because the environment was so different than anywhere else. We were playing clubs to a couple of thousand people, all in seated areas - the kids weren’t allowed to leave their seats. There were like 30 bouncers with three piece suits to restrain any kids who were having too much fun. You play a song and then they clap, politely, then there was dead air. It was really bizarre! We got to hang out with Shonen Knife while we were there." - Kurt Cobain.