Shirley Manson was in a band called Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie along with John Duncan (technician for Nirvana.) After she released a song called Suffocate Me with a group named Angelfish she was picked up for the band Garbage (who has Butch Vig as their drummer, he produced Nirvana’s Nevermind.) They met her on the same day Kurt died in 94’ - you can read about that here.
Garbage - Vow.
The band’s ‘vevo’ account has been uploading their music videos, give it a visit here!
"We had big old German microphones taped to the floor and the ceiling and the walls, all over the place. I’ve been trying to get producers to do this ever since we’ve been recording. I don’t know anything about recording, but it just seems so obvious to me that is what you need to do. I tried to get Butch Vig to do it, I tried to get Jack Endino to do it, and everyone’s response was, "That isn’t how you record". Steve Albini proved to me on these songs, although I don’t know exactly how he did it; I just knew that it had to be that way. He had to have used a bunch of microphones. It’s as simple as that. Which is why live recordings of punk shows sound so good. You really get a feel of what was going on." - Kurt Cobain on the recording of ‘In Utero.’
This time last year, we honored the release of Nirvana’s classic album “Nevermind” with “20th Anniversary” editions, screenings of the “Live at the Paramount” performance, exhibits, benefit shows, Krist, Dave and Butch went live at the SiriusXM Studios and much more. - Thank you to everyone that participated in this celebration.
"We actually met her [Shirley] in London the same day Kurt Cobain died, which is very weird because we had lunch with her and then I went to a meeting with a couple of engineers and producers I know. And someone walked up and said Kurt Cobain committed suicide. It was very bizarre. It all happened in like a matter of hours." - Butch Vig.
"Even in rehearsals when they started playing it, you know their guitar and bass rigs were so loud, so unbelievably loud and Dave didn’t have any mics on him or anything and the drums were equally as loud in the room. And I remember literally standing up and starting to sweat and pacing around the room because the song was so powerful and so amazing and so hooky… I didn’t even know what Kurt was singing at that point." - Butch Vig on “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
Today in 1991, Nirvana begin recording “Nevermind”. Originally titled “Sheep”.
"Kurt really wanted to do everything on the first or second take, he’d do a couple of takes and say, "That’s it. I’m not gonna do it anymore." The tricky part was trying to figure out how to motivate him to give really good performances. Sometimes his first or second takes were brilliant, but sometimes they needed work. They needed to be more focused. What I ended up doing was recording everything he sang, even the warm-ups. A lot of times, I’d actually be going for a first take, but he would think it was just a warm-up. Then I’d have the engineer flip to a new track and I’d tell Kurt, "Okay, you’re ready for your first take." If I was lucky, I could get as many as four takes out of him. Then I’d take the best pieces of each one and make a master out of it." - Butch Vig.
March, 1991 - The "Boombox Rehearsals" are recorded in Tacoma, WA.
"It was a really raw boombox cassette recording. It distorted so badly that you could barely make out what they’re playing." - Butch Vig.
Order the 20th Anniversary of "Nevermind" featuring the "Boombox Rehearsals" here.
In the last week of April 1991, Nirvana journeyed down to LA to begin recording their major label debut, “Nevermind”. It was the band’s own decision to have Butch Vig as their producer, choosing him over several other “big-name” producers. "It was such a great experience working with him in Madison," recalls Krist Novoselic. "The label wanted us to work with other people, but it was kinda intimidating, and we were comfortable with Butch."