Do you think that Foo Fighters "The Colour And The Shape" (song) is comparable to "Endless, Namless" from Nirvana?
In what way? Because of the noise/screaming? I don’t think so, Foo Fighters had songs/demos like that long before the album was released or that song was created. Dave’s time in Nirvana and with Kurt probably influenced that more than it normally would have. I wouldn’t compare the two.
what can you tell me about that recording of drain you that features dale from the melvins?
It was released on the ‘With The Lights Out’ boxset. It features Dale Crover on drums and Dave Grohl on bass with Kurt on guitar/vocals. It was basically Kurt’s idea to go record this song within this session. He titled them as ‘The Retards’ and was on this kick of wanting to start up a lot of bands with friends.
"We went to a practice space that my band shared with The Melvins, we played some of Dale’s songs, some of Dave’s songs, some of my songs, and then Kurt said he had this song Drain You, but it wasn’t going to be a Nirvana song because he couldn’t come up with a drum part, and he just wasn’t sure if he liked it or not. Then he heard Dale’s drum part and everything changed."- Debbi Shane [Engineer.]
Kurt had some of the lyrics in his notebooks and placed a torn-out piece of paper from the lyric sheets and put it in front of him on the floor to read as he did the vocals. The full version of the song (which wasn’t released on the boxset) features an intro saying “We are The Retards, and we are going to play a song for you!”
"The people at Geffen told me that they basically just stood against the wall and watched copies of the Nevermind record fly out the door. They had never seen anything like it. It was a phenomenon. I don’t know what’s going to happen next, man. I mean, our next record In Utero, is pretty edgy. It’s more along the lines of "Papercuts" or "Sifting" on our Bleach record. There’s still a lot of melodic but noisy stuff. I think Kurt came up with some really good, well-crafted songs. I mean, it’s not "Nevermind," that’s for sure."- Krist Novoselic, 1993.
Working with Butch Vig on ‘Nevermind’ there was a lot more attention paid to perfection, with this album there was none. think it has a lot more character, there’s a lot more flaws. It was pretty much just go in and sing into a microphone, or go in and play the drums. It’s what I said about experimentation, when we did ‘Nevermind’ we had a month in the studio, but the basic tracks were done within the first three or four days. You know, we had three more weeks to fuck with it, and a lot of the time that can ruin a record. But that was an experience for all of us, to spend a lot of time on something like that. With ‘In Utero’ it was just go in and bash it out. That was our new experimentation; let’s see how fast we can make a record, and that’s what we did.