"People put too much emphases on scenes, I mean just because there happens to be a town with a few really good bands in it, big deal, it’s happened all over the place. I don’t understand this community patriotism that everyone is boasting about in Seattle." - Kurt Cobain.
"There is no intensity of love or feeling that does not involve the risk of crippling hurt. It is a duty to take this risk, to love and feel without defense or reserve." - William Burroughs.
Kathleen Hanna and Kim Gordon talk about Kurt Cobain in ‘The Punk Singer.’
It’s not for me. You know, at the time it was released (1996) it was sort of cool to see what we all had just lost - that being the "Grunge" scene. I use the word Grunge lightly. You have a guy taking a bunch of music from Washington, throwing in random interviews with those bands, producers and photographers and ‘people in charge’ to talk about Seattle and Grunge music, only because it’s now all over from Kurt’s death. It was never even around, honestly. None of those guys or gals liked the term “Grunge” when used to describe their music. The film ends talking about Kurt Cobain’s death shortly which you sort of waited for and wondered if they would do throughout the film (no surprise, with it being 1996.)
One of my favorite quotes about this film is from ‘Opinion’ magazine.. "Well, I guess it’s over. First Kurt died, Soundgarden broke up, and then a documentary on the whole thing. I don’t think it’s possible to release a documentary on a scene that never existed. So folks, the fat lady has sung. The ‘grunge’ scene is dead and gone, for the most part."
From my own opinion, the only interesting parts of this film (at the time of its release) was the first performance showing of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and the quote on quote “rare” footage of all the other bands that never got the huge media attention unlike Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice In Chains. The short 30 second collage of everyone saying Seattle/Grunge forty times was neat, too.
With it being almost twenty years later, there is a reason this film won’t be in my store, it’s because we have seen much better films released over the Punk Rock scene that show more accuracy/honesty from the musicians giving their honest thoughts/opinions over what was Seattle ‘Grunge’ music. Don’t wait around for the Hype! machine to bring the sound to you, go create it. go make it. become it and go look for it yourself.
I want to say first off, I’m aware of the WWE/WCW’s history and really appreciate what Diamond Dallas Page is doing with his ‘DDP Yoga’ - it seems to help a lot of those wrestlers that really need it.
To your question, no. I have no information saying that DDP had permission to use a knock-off version of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ for his theme music. Dave hated it, but wasn’t aware at the time that DDP was a huge Nirvana fan and realized that ‘Teen Spirit’ was a huge anthem for teenagers in the 90’s.
“Jimmy Hart and I did the song together, and Jimmy is a genius. I felt that ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was the sound of the 90′s that was awesome for me. Dave Grohl was hot cause that was like a rip off of their music. He heard it and was like “WCW owes us money.” We did just enough changing the notes. So it was it, but wasn’t, Teen Spirit.” - Diamond Dallas Page.
The Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings (Live in France/1995)
“One sad part about the grunge generation is that they never got around to making those great albums. Kurt Cobain never got around to making his ‘White Album’ and I think that’s a tragedy. Because we’d be leaning on that work now. All of us.” - Billy Corgan.
"I listened to a lot of Nirvana, Hole, PJ Harvey, Sonic Youth, Pixies, obviously the Pumpkins. It was pretty aggressive. And at that time I was getting into Riot Grrrl and all those things, so there was a bit of ‘I am woman, hear me roar.’ [laughs] It was a mental thing, too. Nirvana changed my life." - Nicole Fiorentino.
Happy 20th Anniversary X-Files!
This is a clip of Dave Grohl being interviewed about his appearance on the show in 1996. Kurt Cobain was also a known fan of the extraterrestrial life.
"When I was really young, like 10 years old, I had all of the Kiss posters and stuff. And then, when I got older, I got into punk rock. I saw a lot of cool shows, like Husker Du. I got a guitar and started working on songwriting right away, rather than learn a bunch of Van Halen covers, cause that’s not going to do me any good. I had to develop my own style. I only know a couple of cover songs to this day and they’re the same ones I learned when I got my guitar: ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’ by the Cars and ‘Communication Breakdown’ by Led Zeppelin. Some Lou Reed chords." - Kurt Cobain, 1991.
Look inside Kurt Cobain’s childhood home.
"It took a few phone calls and some Internet sleuthing to get myself a real estate contact to get inside of Cobain’s home, but I’d say it was worth the drive down and the overall experience to privately walk through the childhood home of the late Nirvana frontman. While some may say it was “creepy” to do this, I found the mostly deserted and rather rundown old home rather quiet and peaceful." - Suzi Pratt [photographer.]
Photographer: Suzi Pratt.
"Theresa and I were just working and I had a bassline. She just started singing the lyrics to ‘Polly’ over that song. There’s definitely an homage to ‘Polly’ in the chorus, in the first line - you listen to the songs back-to-back they sound nothing alike. Yeah, it is a bit of an homage to Kurt and Nirvana." - Jenny Lee Lindberg.
"For a long time I had no male friends that I felt comfortable with, I ended up by hanging out with girls a lot. I just always felt that they weren’t treated with respect. Women are totally oppressed in small towns like Aberdeen. The words bitch and cunt were totally common; I mean, you’d hear them all the time. It took me years to realize that these were the things that were bothering me." - Kurt Cobain, 1993.
"I looked at Krist and Kurt as soulmates. The two had such a beautiful, unspoken understanding of each other. Those two guys, together, totally defined the Nirvana aesthetic. Every quirk, all the strange things that came from Nirvana came from Krist and Kurt." - Dave Grohl, 2013.
Bassist says he’d like to visit Australia to perform some of his old band’s songs
In Utero’s 20th Anniversary has came out today!
Order it here.