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10. Lounge Act.
8. In Bloom.
6. All Apologies.
5. Drain You.
4. Come As You Are.
3. Heart-Shaped Box.
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit.
(nothing from Bleach?)
Nirvana never played CBGB because their agent demanded an additional $300 to perform, CBGB Festival organizer Louise Parnassa-Staley revealed to Krist Novoselic during the musician and political activist’s keynote speech at the CBGB Festival in New York on Thursday.
"Corporate rock whores, we were," Nirvana’s former bassist joked. "Bye-bye, anarchism."
As for music, Novoselic rarely plays bass these days and admits he became “obsessed” last year with learning the Doors’ “Light My Fire” on the accordion Cobain gave him years ago. "I got that whole solo part," he said. "My inner [Ray] Manzarek is being channeled."
Novoselic also alluded to working again with Dave Grohl, with whom he last collaborated on a song for the Foo Fighters’ album Wasting Light. "I think there’s something cooking," he said. "Ask Dave." (At press time, Grohl’s management had not responded to a request for comment.)
RollingStone: "It’s never been entirely clear what this feud with Eddie Vedder was about."
Kurt Cobain: "There never was one. I slagged them off because I didn’t like their band. I hadn’t met Eddie at the time. It was my fault; I should have been slagging off the record company instead of them. They were marketed — not probably against their will — but without them realizing they were being pushed into the grunge bandwagon."
RollingStone: "Don’t you feel any empathy with them? They’ve been under the same intense follow-up-album pressure as you have."
Kurt Cobain: "Yeah, I do. Except I’m pretty sure that they didn’t go out of their way to challenge their audience as much as we did with this record. They’re a safe rock band. They’re a pleasant rock band that everyone like. [Laughs] God, I’ve had much better quotes in my head about this. It just kind of pisses me off to know that we work really hard to make an entire album’s worth of songs that are as good as we can make them. I’m gonna stroke my ego by saying that we’re better than a lot of bands out there. What I’ve realized is that you only need a couple of catchy songs on an album, and the rest can be bullshit Bad Company rip-offs, and it doesn’t matter. If I was smart, I would have saved most of the songs off Nevermind and spread them out over a 15-year period. But I can’t do that. All the albums I ever liked were albums that delivered a great song, one after another: Aerosmith’s Rocks, the Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks…, Led Zeppelin II, Back in Black, by AC/DC."
The Foo Fighters were thousands of miles from home on tour when they heard that their super-heavy seventh LP, Wasting Light, got nominated for six Grammys. "That has to be the highlight of the year for us," Dave says while checking in from Australia between shows. "Believe me, we were blown away when we found out." Once Grohl returns back to the states, he’ll begin working on the documentary he’s directing about the legendary L.A. studio Sound City. "It’s exciting, the vision is incredibly clear - you’ll see. Expect some epic jam sessions."
Interviewer: What do you think of all the Nineties nostalgia lately?
Dave: I don’t really see anything that I consider Nineties nostalgia. Loud-ass guitars and drummers who trash their kits - when did that ever go away? I love that a band like Soundgarden can still fucking slay, but I wouldn’t consider it nostalgic. It’s not like guitars and drums and people who make honest records died off and are being resurrected in some Jurassic Park laboratory. That shit still exists. It’s just suffocating under a pile of trash.
Dave also talks about Deadmau5, “20th Anniversary” of Nevermind, & the new documentary!
One afternoon in April 1990, Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and drummer Chad Channing arrived at producer Butch Vig’s Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin, after driving 1,900 miles from Seattle nonstop. "They rolled up in a van," says Vig, "and they probably hadn’t taken a bath or shower in three or four days."