Speaking as a Nirvanaologist, allow me to introduce this clip:
Nirvana was signed to Sub Pop, but felt they’d promoted Bleach poorly and wanted off the label, so DGC (subsidiary of Geffen, now part of Universal) bought out their contract for the release of Nevermind. “In Bloom” was the last single off the album in 1992, with the 60s-variety-show video we all know and love, but because it was an old track that had been around during the Bleach days, there’s also this awesome “Check out these filters!!” version with the band chilling at South Street Seaport, like no one ever does.
The Oral History Of Nirvana’s Nevermind
(A Brief Tease, Anyway)
Possibly our favorite thing in the new June 2011 issue of GQ is the oral history of the making of Nirvana’s Nevermind, by Nate Penn and a fleet of reporters, who interviewed dozens of people (including Courtney Love, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Kim Gordon, Chris Cornell, and more) ahead of the album’s 20th anniversary to assemble the definitive history of its recording. The oral history is only available in the print edition and our new iPad version, but over at GQ.com we’ve assembled a slideshow of amazing photography of the band circa 1991. And below, here are a couple choice quotes from the oral history:
“About a week before I went to L.A. to begin recording Nevermind, I got a cassette in the mail. The first thing on the cassette was “Hey, Butch!” It was Kurt speaking on a boom box: “We got a new drummer, his name’s Dave Grohl, he’s the best drummer in the world!”—Butch Vig, producer, Nevermind
“Kurt was a leader, he was strong, in fact he was well fucking hung, if you really want to know.”—Courtney Love, singer, Hole; widow of Kurt Cobain
Reblogging ‘coz of the pic.
Recordings of two year old Kurt Cobain talking and singing
This tape recording was made by Kurt’s aunt, Mary. It contains a 2 year old Kurt talking into the tape player, with the family listening to him in the background. The reverb function is pushed on at one stage, where you can hear Kurt refer to ‘Boddah,’ (he thinks it’s Boddah talking, when it’s in fact his own voice being bounced back to him) his childhood imaginary friend, and the same person as to whom his suicide note was addressed to. It also contains a funny impersonation of a car repair customer (his dad worked at a garage) and other amusing comments.
(Kurt singing ‘Hey Jude’ by the Beatles)
Better.. Better.. BETTER!
Eenie meenie minie mboe, catch a hippy by it’s toe
If he dollars.. bu..hollars, bite his toe
Bite him.. bite his toe! Apple juice.. apply jacks!
That kid.. that kid, he eats his apple jacks and he does with that man
He don’t have a car.. ra ra!
Let’s go sing The Monkees! 1, 2, 3, Go!
Like big ham!
Ham, ham ham, ham ham! (Acting like a customer at his dad’s shop)
Hi dad, this is SMOKEY THE BEAR!
I got a flat tyre, I need it fixed. Please bring a tow truck.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
Yay! Go! Go!
Let’s sing The Monkees!Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go
(Singing ‘Hey Jude’ by the Beatles)
(Feedback) What’s that?!(Referring to his own echo) Turn that boy back on!
Hi.. Smokey the Bear!
He did it! He did it!
(Kurt is told it’s his imaginary friend, Boddah)
Boddah..?! He left..
Look Boddah.. He did it!
Look Boddah.. He did it again!
(Source: , via worldfallsdown)