Nirvana http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/266/all en From the Archive: The Definitive Kurt Cobain Gear Guide http://www.guitarworld.com/archive-definitive-kurt-cobain-gear-guide <!--paging_filter--><p><em>This classic article from the August 1997 issue of </em>Guitar World<em> serves as the definitive guide to Kurt Cobain's grungy assortment of pawn shop prizes, turbo-charged stomp boxes and blown woofers.</em></p> <p>Kurt Cobain must have been amused when magazines like <em>Guitar World</em> and <em>Guitar Player</em> requested interviews and when Fender approached him to design a guitar. But here's where another irony exists — although Cobain often said he didn't care very much about equipment, he certainly possessed more than a passing interest in the tools of his trade. </p> <p>Cobain may not have collected vintage <strong>Gibsons, Martins, D'Angelicos</strong> and what-not, but he owned an eccentric cache of budget models, low-end imports and pawn shop prizes — most pursued with the same passion as a Gibson collector seeking a mint '59 Les Paul. Even when he could afford the best, Cobain's taste in instruments never changed. "Junk is always best," Cobain stated matter-of-factly to Jeff Gilbert in a February 1992 <em>Guitar World</em> interview. "I use whatever I can find at junk shops."</p> <p>Over the years, rumors about Cobain using special processors and studio trickery to obtain his sound have proliferated, so we figured the time had come to get to the real bottom of the truth about Cobain's equipment to be revealed. To do so, we contacted the most reliable sources available — the dealers who sold him his equipment, the engineers and producers who worked with him in the studio and the technicians who looked after his gear on the road. </p> <p>A couple of well-researched websites, Chris Lawrence's site and Brian Haberman's site [<em>2013 Editor's Note: These websites no longer exist. Remember this story is from 1997!</em>], also supplied many useful details. Michael Azerrad's <em>Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana</em> (Main Street/Doubleday) provided excellent background information and photographs, and we also pored over the few interviews on the subject granted by Cobain himself.</p> <p>Cobain almost certainly would have laughed at the idea of a magazine scrutinizing the minute details of his gear. "I've never considered musical equipment very sacred," he once said. But for the thousands of guitarists who consider Cobain's music sacred, it's important to understand what he played and why he played it.</p> <p><strong>SCENTLESS APPRENTICE: COBAIN'S VIRGIN MUSICAL YEARS</strong></p> <p>Kurt Donald Cobain was born in Aberdeen, Washington, on February 20, 1967. His first guitar, a used electric, was a 14th birthday present from his uncle Chuck. "As soon as I got my guitar, I just became so obsessed with it," Cobain told Michael Azerrad. "I don't think it was even a Harmony. I think it was a Sears." </p> <p>Cobain took guitar lessons for less than a month — just long enough to learn how to play AC/DC's "Back in Black." Those three chords served him well when he began writing his own songs shortly thereafter.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/kurt-cobain-talks-gear-and-more-his-final-guitar-world-interview-1992">[[ Read Guitar World's Final Interview with Kurt Cobain from the February 1992 Issue ]]</a></strong></p> <p>Cobain soon set his sights on forming a band. One day, a couple of friends invited him to jam in an abandoned meat locker they used as a practice space. Afterwards, Cobain foolishly left his guitar in the locker and was subsequently unable to return and get it back. </p> <p>When he finally made it back to the rehearsal space a few months later, he found his guitar in pieces. He salvaged the neck, hardware and electronics and made a new body for the guitar in wood shop, but Cobain lacked the skills to make the restored instrument intonate properly.</p> <p>When Cobain was 17, his mother married Pat O'Connor, whose ensuing infidelity led to a situation that greatly facilitated Cobain's acquisition of musical gear. After Cobain's mother learned that Pat was cheating on her, she dumped his gun collection in the river. Cobain observed his mother's antics and later encouraged some of the neighborhood kids to fish his stepdad's weapons out. Cobain sold the guns and bought a used <strong>Peavey Vintage</strong> amplifier with two 12-inch speakers with the proceeds.</p> <p>In early 1985, Cobain moved in with his natural father who discouraged his son's musical pursuits and convinced him to pawn his guitar. After about a week, Cobain got his guitar out of hock and moved out. He almost lost the guitar again when he loaned it to a drug dealer, but managed to repossess it a few months later. With this unknown guitar and the Peavey amp in hand, Cobain formed his first band, Fecal Matter, in late 1985.</p> <p>The Peavey amp disappeared sometime between early 1986 and late 1987. Krist Novoselic remembers that Cobain gave the amp to him for about a week, in what apparently was a friendly attempt to get him to join Fecal Matter. Novoselic declined on both offers. </p> <p>The amp disappeared sometime after that. By late 1987 Novoselic finally agreed to form a band with Cobain and drummer Aaron Burckhard, which they called Skid Row. Photos from this era show Cobain playing a right-hand model sunburst <strong>Univox Hi-Flyer</strong> flipped over and strung for left-handed playing. According to Azerrad, Cobain's amp during this period was a tiny <strong>Fender Champ</strong>. Also around this time, Cobain acquired a <strong>Univox Superfuzz</strong>, but it was stolen from his rehearsal space.</p> <p>The band's name changed frequently, from Fecal Matter to such similarly choice monikers as Ted Ed Fred, Pen Cap Chew, Throat Oyster, Windowpane and Bliss. Eventually they settled on Nirvana. When Burckhard proved too unreliable, Cobain and Novoselic kicked him out of the band and enlisted drummer Dale Crover, who they temporarily stole from the Melvins. Three weeks later, on January 23, 1988, Nirvana recorded its first studio demo at Reciprocal Studio with Jack Endino-whose early production/engineering/mixing credits include Soundgarden, Green River, Tad and Mudhoney-behind the board.</p> <p><strong>BLOND AMBITION: THE <em>BLEACH</em> YEARS</strong></p> <p>A few months after working with Nirvana for the first time, Endino played the band's demo tape for Jonathan Poneman of Sub Pop Records, who signed the band to the label. Three of the songs that Nirvana recorded during that session ended up on <em>Bleach</em>, the band's first album.</p> <p>The band liked working with Endino, and they returned to Reciprocal Studios several times during the year to record more songs, although Chad Channing replaced Crover on drums. Nirvana signed a contract with Sub Pop, and in late December 1988, they entered Reciprocal Studios to record <em>Bleach</em>. The album was recorded in three days for $606.16, although five tracks from earlier sessions were included on the final album. Most of the remaining songs from the various Reciprocal sessions were released several years later on <em>Incesticide</em>.</p> <p>"When they recorded <em>Bleach</em>, Kurt's <strong>Randall</strong> was in the shop so they borrowed my amp, which was a Sixties <strong>Fender Twin</strong>," Endino recalls. "I'm a tube nut, so everything was tweaked and up to spec on that amp, but it didn't have speakers because I had fried them. Kurt brought in a little closed-back 2x12 cabinet with two <strong>Celestions</strong>, most likely 70-watt models. He was using a little orange <strong>Boss DS-1</strong> distortion pedal and these Univox guitars [Hi-Flyers] that looked like <strong>Mosrites</strong>. The pickups were stock. I ended up getting one of those pickups from him once, because he was smashing those guitars all the time. I said, `You must have some extra pickups,' and he said, `Oh yeah. Here's one.' It was in two pieces. I was able to stick the wires together and use it. It's not the greatest sounding pickup in the world, but it seemed to work for him."</p> <hr /> <p>In 1989, Nirvana went on its first American tour. According to Earnie Bailey, a Seattle guitar repairman who was friends with Novoselic and who often worked as a technician for the band, Cobain's live rig during this period was a red <strong>Epiphone ET270</strong>, a solid-state <strong>Randall</strong> amp head, a <strong>BFI Bullfrog</strong> 4x12 cabinet and a <strong>Boss DS-1</strong> distortion. When his guitar was destroyed beyond repair, Cobain would look for cheap replacements in pawn shops or have Sub Pop ship him guitars via Federal Express.</p> <p>"I heard stories about Kurt's guitar destruction from the Sub Pop people early on," says Endino. "When he was out on the road he'd call them up and say, `I don't know what got into me, but I just smashed up my guitar.' I don't think he was planning on smashing guitars from day one. It was just something he did. The poor Sub Pop people would call all the pawn shops up and down the coast, looking for Univox guitars."</p> <p>Between tours, Cobain often bought equipment from Guitar Maniacs in Tacoma, Washington, and Danny's Music in Everett, Washington. According to Rick King, owner of Guitar Maniacs, Cobain "bought a whole bunch of <strong>Univox Hi-Flyers</strong> — both the P-90 version and ones with humbuckers. Those pickups have huge output and are completely over the top. He broke a lot of those guitars. We sold him several of them for an average of $100 each over the course of five years."</p> <p>Although humbucker-equipped Univox Hi-Flyers apparently were Cobain's favorite guitars in the pre-<em>Nevermind</em> days, he often appeared on stage with other models, including a blue Gibson SG and a sunburst left-handed Greco Mustang copy he bought from Guitar Maniacs.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/kurt-cobain-talks-gear-and-more-his-final-guitar-world-interview-1992">[[ Read Guitar World's Final Interview with Kurt Cobain from the February 1992 Issue ]]</a></strong></p> <p>Cobain purchased what probably was his first acoustic guitar, a <strong>Stella</strong> 12-string, for $31.21 on October 12, 1989. He brought the Stella to Smart Studios in Wisconsin to record some demos with Butch Vig in April 1990. The guitar wasn't exactly a studio musician's dream. </p> <p>"It barely stays in tune," Cobain told Jeff Gilbert in a February 1992 <em>Guitar World</em> interview. "I have to use duct tape to hold the tuning keys in place." At some point in the Stella's history, the steel strings had been replaced with six nylon strings, only five of which were intact during the session. However, the guitar sounded good enough to Vig, who recorded Cobain playing a solo acoustic version of "Polly" on that guitar. That track can be heard on <em>Nevermind</em>.</p> <p>Cobain didn't seem to be exceptionally particular about what equipment he was playing through, with the notable exception of his effects pedals. Sometime in 1990, he bought an <em>Electro-Harmonix Small Clone</em> from Guitar Maniacs, and it remained a favorite and essential part of his setup to the end of his life. On January 1, 1991, Cobain used the Small Clone to record "Aneurysm," which later was issued as the b-side to the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" single. </p> <p><strong>BREEDING GROUND: THE RECORDING OF <em>NEVERMIND</em></strong></p> <p>Prior to formally signing with Geffen Records on April 30, 1991, Nirvana received a $287,000 advance for the recording of <em>Nevermind</em>. The advance was somewhat meager, but it gave the band some freedom in choosing equipment. However, Cobain didn't exactly go wild with his spending.</p> <p>"I sold Kurt a bunch of guitars and effects for the <em>Nevermind</em> album," says Rick King. "When they got signed to Geffen and started getting money, Kurt was still very frugal. He bought some Japanese left-handed Strats and had humbuckers installed in the Strats' lead position. He didn't spend very much money on guitars."</p> <p>Apparently Cobain developed a taste for Fender guitars just prior to recording <em>Nevermind</em>. "I like guitars in the Fender style because they have skinny necks," said Cobain in a late 1991 interview. "I've resorted to Japanese-made Fender Stratocasters because they're the most available left-handed guitars." During this period, he also acquired a left-handed <strong>'65 Jaguar</strong> that had a <strong>DiMarzio Super Distortion</strong> humbucker in the bridge position and a <strong>DiMarzio PAF</strong> in the neck position in place of the guitar's stock single-coil pickups. These modifications were made before Cobain purchased the guitar. Cobain also bought a left-handed, Lake Placid Blue <strong>'69 Fender Competition Mustang</strong> around then.</p> <p>"Out of all the guitars in the whole world, the Fender Mustang is my favorite," Cobain told GW. "They're cheap and totally inefficient, and they sound like crap and are very small. They also don't stay in tune, and when you want to raise the string action on the fretboard, you have to loosen all the strings and completely remove the bridge. You have to turn these little screws with your fingers and hope that you've estimated it right. If you screw up, you have to repeat the process over and over until you get it right. Whoever invented that guitar was a dork. I guess I'm calling Leo Fender, the dead guy, a dork." To overcome these tuning problems, Cobain had his '69 Mustang fitted with a <strong>Gotoh Tune-O-Matic</strong> bridge, a modification that was routinely performed on the Mustangs he subsequently acquired.</p> <p>Some claim that Cobain's preference for low-end guitars was a punk statement, but he insisted that it was a matter of necessity. "I don't favor them," Cobain told <em>Guitar World</em> in 1992. "I can afford them. I'm left-handed and it's not very easy to find reasonably priced, high-quality left-handed guitars." Before entering the studio, Cobain purchased a rack rig consisting of a Mesa/Boogie Studio preamp, a Crown power amp and a variety of Marshall 4x12 cabinets. "I can never find an amp that's powerful enough," Cobain told GW. "And I don't want to deal with hauling 10 Marshall heads. I'm lazy-I like to have it all in one package. For a preamp I have a Mesa/Boogie, and I turn all the midrange up." Cobain brought this rig along with his Mustang, Jaguar, a Japanese Strat and his Boss DS-1 and Electro-Harmonix Small Clone pedals to Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California, where the band recorded Nevermind with Butch Vig.</p> <p>"Kurt had a Mesa/Boogie, but we also used a Fender Bassman a lot and a Vox AC30 on Nevermind," Vig recalls. "I prefer getting the amp to sound distorted instead of using special effects or pedals, which lose body and the fullness of the bottom end."</p> <p>Still, Vig allowed Cobain to use a few pedals on the album, especially since the guitarist felt that the DS-1 was the main factor in his tone. Cobain also used the Small Clone liberally. "That's making the watery guitar sound you hear on the pre-chorus build-up of `Smells Like Teen Spirit' and also `Come As You Are,'" says Vig. "We used an Electro-Harmonix Big Muff fuzz box through a Fender Bassman on `Lithium' to get that thumpier, darker sound."</p> <p>Cobain's pawn shop Stella was used again for "Something in the Way." Vig recorded the performance while Cobain sat on a couch in the control room. Against Vig's wishes, Cobain plugged his guitar direct into the board for "Territorial Pissings." During the recording of "Lithium," Cobain instigated the noise jam that became the "hidden" track "Endless, Nameless." (This track does not appear on the first 50,000 copies of the CD.) Towards the end of the track, Cobain can be heard smashing his Japanese Stratocaster.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nirvana">Nirvana</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/kurt-cobain">Kurt Cobain</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/archive-definitive-kurt-cobain-gear-guide#comments August 1997 GW Archive Kurt Cobain Nirvana News Features Gear Magazine Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:17:33 +0000 Chris Gill http://www.guitarworld.com/article/11150 Kurt Cobain Talks Gear and More in His Final Guitar World Interview from 1992 http://www.guitarworld.com/kurt-cobain-talks-gear-and-more-his-final-guitar-world-interview-1992 <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Here's <em>Guitar World's</em> last interview with Kurt Cobain, from the February 1992 issue of GW. The original headline was "Cool Hand Puke: Kurt Cobain tries to explain why Nirvana — third-hand guitars and all — is suddenly the hottest band in the country."</strong></p> <p>“We’re just musically and rhythmically retarded,” asserts Kurt Cobain, guitarist, vocalist and chief songwriter for Nirvana. “We play so hard that we can’t tune our guitars fast enough. People can relate to that.”</p> <p>Seems reasonable enough, considering that <em>Nevermind</em>, the Seattle trio’s major label debut, has become one of the hottest out-of-the-box albums in the country. </p> <p>Fueled by the contagious hit single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” the spirited album turned gold a mere five weeks after its release, and leaped past both Guns N’ Roses’ <em>Illusions</em> just one month later. But their sudden, platinum-bound popularity probably had more to do with band’s infectious, dirty riffs and wry lyrical hooks than with the roughly played, out-of-tune guitars, of which Cobain is so proud.</p> <p>“We sound like the Bay City Rollers after an assault by Black Sabbath,” continues the guitarist in his nasty smoker’s hack. “And,” he expectorates, “we vomit onstage better than anyone!”</p> <p>Nirvana began their career with 1989’s <em>Bleach</em> (Sub Pop), an intensely physical mélange of untuned metal, drunk punk and Seventies pop, written from the perspective of a college drop-out. The album’s other notable distinction was that it was recorded in three days for $600. <em>Nevermind</em>, costing considerably more than six bills, is Nirvana’s major label, power-punk/pop masterpiece, awash in slashing, ragged guitar riffs, garbled lyrics and more teen spirit than you can shake a Kiss record at.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: MTV thinks Nirvana is a metal band.</strong></p> <p>That’s fine; let them be fooled! I don’t have anything against "Headbanger’s Ball," but it’s strange to see our faces on MTV. </p> <p><strong>Kirk Hammett is a huge Nirvana fan. </strong></p> <p>That’s real flattering. We met him recently and he’s a real nice guy. We talked about the Sub Pop scene, heavy metal and guitars. </p> <p><strong>Speaking of guitars, you seem to favor low-end models. </strong></p> <p>I don’t favor them — I can afford them. [laughs] I’m left-handed, and it’s not very easy to find reasonably priced, high-quality left-handed guitars. But out of all the guitars in the whole world, the Fender Mustang is my favorite. I’ve only owned two of them.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/archive-definitive-kurt-cobain-gear-guide">[[ From the Archive: The Definitive Kurt Cobain Gear Guide ]]</a></strong></p> <p><strong>What is it about them that works for you? </strong></p> <p>They’re cheap and totally inefficient, and they sound like crap and are very small. They also don’t stay in tune, and when you want to raise the string action on the fretboard, you have to loosen all the strings and completely remove the bridge. You have to turn these little screws with your fingers and hope that you’ve estimated it right. If you screw up, you have to repeat the process over and over until you get it right. Whoever invented that guitar was a dork.</p> <p><strong>It was Leo Fender. </strong></p> <p>I guess I’m calling Leo Fender, the dead guy, a dork. Now I’ll never get an endorsement. [laughs] We’ve been offered a Gibson endorsement, but I can’t find a Gibson I like. </p> <p><strong>Is the Mustang your only guitar? </strong></p> <p>No, I own a ’66 Jaguar. That’s the guitar I polish and baby — I refuse to let anyone touch it when I jump into the crowd. [laughs] Lately, I’ve been using a Strat live, because I don’t want to ruin my Mustang yet. I like to use Japanese Strats because they’re a bit cheaper, and the frets are smaller than the American version’s.</p> <p><strong>The acoustic guitar you play on “Polly” sounds flat. </strong></p> <p>That’s a 20-dollar junk shop Stella — I didn’t bother changing the strings. [laughs] It barely stays in tune. In fact I have to use duct tape to hold the tuning keys in place.</p> <p><strong>Considering how violently you play the guitar, I have to assume that you use pretty heavy-duty strings. </strong></p> <p>Yeah. And I keep blowing up amplifiers, so I use whatever I can find at junk shops — junk is always best.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/fregObNcHC8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>What was the last amp you blew up? </strong></p> <p>A Crown power amp that was intended for use as a PA, but which I used for a guitar head because I can never find an amp that’s powerful enough — and because I don’t want to have to deal with hauling 10 Marshall heads. I’m lazy — I like to have it all in one package. For a preamp I have a Mesa/Boogie, and I turn all the mid-range up. And I use Radio Shack speakers. </p> <p><strong>How reliable is this set-up? It doesn’t seem like it would be that durable, especially in view of all the touring you do. </strong></p> <p>It works out okay. The sound changes with every club we play in, but I’m never satisfied. I think the sound I get is mainly a result of the Roland EF-1 distortion box I use. I go through about five a tour.</p> <p><strong>Ever get the urge to use the twang bar? </strong></p> <p>No. Anybody that plays guitar knows that only Jimi Hendrix was able to use the standard tremolo and still keep it in tune. Those things are totally worthless. I do have one on a Japanese Strat, but I don’t use it.</p> <p><strong>Your first album, <em>Bleach</em>, was recorded for $600; how much did <em>Nevermind</em> run you?</strong></p> <p>[laughs] I don’t remember, I’ve got Alzheimer’s. Please, don’t ask how much our video cost; that’s a hell of an embarrassment. We definitely could have used some film student, who would’ve done just as good of a job.</p> <p><strong>Nirvana are featured in the Big '90s issue of <em>Guitar Legends</em>, <a href="http://secure.nps1.net/guitarworld/index.php?main_page=product_info&amp;cPath=5&amp;products_id=211&amp;utm_source=guitaworld.com&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=092311Nirvana">which you can pick up in our online store right here</a>.</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nirvana">Nirvana</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/kurt-cobain">Kurt Cobain</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/kurt-cobain-talks-gear-and-more-his-final-guitar-world-interview-1992#comments February 1992 GW Archive Kurt Cobain Nirvana Interviews News Features Magazine Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:16:36 +0000 Jeff Gilbert http://www.guitarworld.com/article/12878 Great Musical Moments and Mistakes Made Magnificent in Headphones http://www.guitarworld.com/five-musical-moments-made-magnificent-headphones <!--paging_filter--><p>OK, so you have your headphones out. </p> <p>What do you want to listen to? Something beautiful? Something cool? Something you’ve never heard before? How about all three? </p> <p>The following are five tracks by some of your favorite bands worth putting under the microscope for reasons listed below. Enjoy!</p> <p><strong>Led Zeppelin, "Whole Lotta Love"</strong></p> <p>Someone laughs briefly at the very beginning, must be Robert Plant. </p> <p>It’s nearly impossible to detect except on headphones, but the laugh exudes a “get a load of this” confidence and sets the stage for one of the most crushing songs ever recorded. But most importantly it provides part of the human element that helped make Led Zeppelin one of the most revered and heralded bands of all time. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Mln0RciE2o0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Steve Howe, "Sketches in the Sun"</strong></p> <p>Most folks know Steve Howe’s fabulous “Mood for a Day” instrumental, but some folks may not be as familiar with his “Sketches in the Sun” track. </p> <p>On headphones, listen to the tender articulation of this performance and the interaction between the guitar and the lush reverb; the song takes on an amazing orchestral quality.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/guSzFIv3N_A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>David Lee Roth, "Drop in the Bucket"</strong></p> <p>There is so much going on in this song it is ridiculous, from a spunky acoustic guitar intro, to Jason Becker’s subtle finger-picked clean lines, to a signature sweep picking solo break. </p> <p>But starting around 3:37 the guitar and vocals begin a magnificent interplay where at one second you think you are listening to David Lee Roth singing in falsetto, but it is actually Jason Becker’s guitar, and the next second it is the other way around. This passage is just beautiful and gives me the chills every time I listen to it.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OksMf5ALal8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)" from <em>Live Alive</em></strong></p> <p>This song is a pure treat on headphones as the guitar slathered in a slow panning effect just struts around the stereo field destroying all in its path. </p> <p>Stevie had a masterful way of making his guitar scream that was utterly unique. You can just feel the volume and the amount of air being pushed out of his amps. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/FR_EAeFAyn8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Nirvana, "In Bloom"</strong></p> <p>This song jumps right out of the speakers and with incredible power. </p> <p>If you listen on headphones, you will notice that instead of simply double tracking the same exact guitar rig/EQ setup and panning hard left and right, the left side guitar was recorded with a different rig/EQ setup. These two different guitar sounds combine to make this track sound absolutely huge, and accentuates the quiet/loud verse/chorus structure of the song. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6vqfuAczm7g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Brad Tolinski is the editor-in-chief at </em>Guitar World.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/led-zeppelin">Led Zeppelin</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/steve-howe">Steve Howe</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/nirvana">Nirvana</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/david-lee-roth">David Lee Roth</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/five-musical-moments-made-magnificent-headphones#comments Blue Microphones David Lee Roth Led Zeppelin Nirvana Steve Howe Stevie Ray Vaughan News Features Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:50:47 +0000 Brad Tolinski http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23112 Hear Kurt Cobain's Mixtape from 1986, "Montage of Heck" http://www.guitarworld.com/hear-kurt-cobains-mixtape-1986-montage-heck <!--paging_filter--><p>Lots of odd things turn up on the interwebs.</p> <p>This time, someone has posted a mixtape made by Nirvana's Kurt Cobain — when he was 19. It's been around on fan sites for years, but it's available to the universe "at large."</p> <p>The tape, which was posted by SpaceEcho on Vimeo, is called "Montage Of Heck." It proves that Cobain's taste was certainly diverse, even back then. It contains everything from George Michael to Frank Zappa and Cher to Van Halen to the Jackson Five to Led Zeppelin — plus bits and pieces of conversations (including Jimi Hendrix talking about Bob Dylan's grandmother at Monterey) that remind the listener of John Lennon's "Revolution 9" from the Beatles' White Album (1968).</p> <p>SpaceEcho says Cobain gave him the mixtape "personally."</p> <p>Have a listen and tell us what you think!</p> <p><iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/35576701" width="620" height="365" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nirvana">Nirvana</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/kurt-cobain">Kurt Cobain</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/hear-kurt-cobains-mixtape-1986-montage-heck#comments Kurt Cobain Nirvana News Tue, 04 Nov 2014 15:54:11 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22767 Get Note-for-Note Transcriptions for 14 Classic Nirvana Songs http://www.guitarworld.com/get-note-note-transcriptions-14-classic-nirvana-songs <!--paging_filter--><p>A recently published book from Hal Leonard, <em>Nirvana: Note for Note Transcriptions,</em> offers new, note-for-note transcriptions (with guitar and bass tabs) for all the instruments on all 14 songs from Nirvana's 2002 best-of compilation. </p> <p>The book includes these songs from throughout the band's celebrated career: </p> <p>• "About a Girl"<br /> • "All Apologies"<br /> • "Been a Son"<br /> • "Come as You Are"<br /> • "Dumb"<br /> • "Heart Shaped Box"<br /> • "In Bloom"<br /> • "Lithium"<br /> • "The Man Who Sold the World"<br /> • "Penny Royal Tea"<br /> • "Rape Me"<br /> • "Sliver"<br /> • "Smells like Teen Spirit."</p> <p>It also includes their recently released final recording, "You Know You're Right."</p> <p>Includes complete lyrics!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/nirvana-note-for-note-transcriptions/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=NirvanaTranscriptions">The book is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $24.95</a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="380" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AhcttcXcRYY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nirvana">Nirvana</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/kurt-cobain">Kurt Cobain</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/get-note-note-transcriptions-14-classic-nirvana-songs#comments Nirvana News Features Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:14:08 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17589 Nirvana Perform with Joan Jett, Kim Gordon and St. Vincent at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony — Pro-Shot Video http://www.guitarworld.com/nirvana-perform-joan-jett-kim-gordon-and-st-vincent-rock-and-roll-hall-fame-induction-ceremony-pro-shot-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Although the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place almost two months ago, some pro-shot footage of Nirvana's lengthy segment of the show has turned up online.</p> <p>Below, you can watch the surviving members of Nirvana — Dave Grohl, Pat Smear and Krist Novoselic — perform "Smells Like Teen Spirit" with Joan Jett, "Aneurysm" with Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and "Lithium" with Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) — and more. </p> <p>You'll also see some vintage Nirvana footage and the band's induction speech, courtesy of R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, followed by speeches by the band and Courtney Love, Kurt Cobain's widow.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ag643ahnUC8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/nirvana-perform-joan-jett-kim-gordon-and-st-vincent-rock-and-roll-hall-fame-induction-ceremony-pro-shot-video#comments Nirvana Videos News Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:06:24 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21437 Nirvana's 'MTV Unplugged' Rehearsal — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/nirvanas-mtv-unplugged-rehearsal-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, check out the rehearsal footage for Nirvana's late-1993 <em>MTV Unplugged</em> appearance.</p> <p>Note how Kurt Cobain mentions several technical details — as he should, of course — and also gets somewhat snippy with the sound engineer. </p> <p>The <em>MTV Unplugged</em> rehearsals were generally considered "difficult," with Cobain almost bailing on the show at the last minute. </p> <p>According to Cobain biographer Charles Cross, “There was no joking, no smiles, no fun coming from him.” </p> <p>“We’d seen the other <em>Unpluggeds</em> and didn’t like many of them,” Dave Grohl said, “because most bands would treat them like rock shows … except with acoustic guitars.” </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/iWWarmklt3o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nirvana">Nirvana</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/nirvanas-mtv-unplugged-rehearsal-video#comments Nirvana Videos News Wed, 14 May 2014 18:11:23 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21252 Video: Joan Jett and Nirvana Members Perform "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony http://www.guitarworld.com/video-joan-jett-and-nirvana-members-perform-smells-teen-spirit-rock-and-roll-hall-fame-induction-ceremony <!--paging_filter--><p>As we've reported, all four original members of Kiss were on hand last night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.</p> <p>But that was only one of the highlights of the action-packed night.</p> <p>At midnight, rocker Joan Jett took the stage with the surviving members of Nirvana, and the quartet dived head first into "Smells Like Teen Spirit." The Nirvana gang — Dave Grohl, Pat Smear and Krist Novoselic — hadn't performed a Kurt Cobain-written song together since their troubled frontman killed himself in 1994. </p> <p>But there was more: After Jett's performance, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon joined the band for "Aneurysm" and Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) sang "Lithium." The Nirvana segment of the show closed with Lorde's emotional version of "All Apologies."</p> <p>You can check out a video of Jett and the Nirvana members below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/n-CDPyIrhdU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/joan-jett">Joan Jett</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/nirvana">Nirvana</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-joan-jett-and-nirvana-members-perform-smells-teen-spirit-rock-and-roll-hall-fame-induction-ceremony#comments Joan Jett Nirvana Videos News Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:35:57 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20993 Video Finds: Nirvana “Something in the Way” Unplugged http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-finds-nirvana-something-in-the-way-unplugged <!--paging_filter--><p>With the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, we thought it only fitting to post a selection from Nirvana’s now-legendary MTV <em>Unplugged</em> concert. </p> <p>Below, watch the band’s acoustic take on <em>Nevermind</em>'s, “Something in the Way.” </p> <p>The song was originally intended to be a full-band recording, but after initial attempts proved difficult, producer Butch Vig encouraged the band to take a different approach. </p> <p>After unsuccessful takes, Cobain came to Vig in the control room to show him how the song should sound. Vig was taken back by the solo version, and proceeded to turn off the air conditioner and telephones and set up microphones. </p> <p>Vig tracked his vocals and guitars right there in the control room, as Cobain gently strummed his 12-string Stella guitar, which was strung with five nylon strings.</p> <p>While Cobain’s performance set the mood for the song, drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic had trouble laying down their tracks; apparently Cobain’s Stella had issues staying in tune. </p> <p>Placed as the final track on the original release of <em>Nevermind</em>, “Something in the Way” gives us a glimpse into the mind of one of rock’s most pained, gifted songwriters. </p> <p>Below, watch the version of “Something in the Way” filmed for MTV’s <em>Unplugged</em>, which features the original members of Nirvana, plus cellist Lori Goldston and guitarist Pat Smear. </p> <p>The concert originally aired on December 16, 1993, just months before Cobain’s death. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jlRdcEmcatw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nirvana">Nirvana</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/kurt-cobain">Kurt Cobain</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-finds-nirvana-something-in-the-way-unplugged#comments Acoustic Nation Kurt Cobain Nirvana Blogs Videos Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:02:19 +0000 Acoustic Nation http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20959 Video Finds: Nirvana Goes Acoustic for "Come As You Are" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-finds-nirvana-goes-acoustic-come-you-are <!--paging_filter--><p>Even grunge sounds great acoustic.</p> <p>Here's a very cool blast from the past that has Kurt Cobain and the rest of Nirvana digging in to "Come As You Are" live on <em>MTV Unplugged</em> back in 1993.</p> <p>The song was released as the second single from the band's second studio album <em>Nevermind</em> in 1992.</p> <p>It was the band's second American Top 40 hit, and second UK top 10 hit, reaching number 32 on the <em>Billboard Hot 100</em>, and number nine on the UK Singles Chart.</p> <p>Rumor has it that Nirvana producer Butch Vig said that this is one of his favorites from the album, and that Cobain used the same effects pedal on his guitar that he used on "Smells Like Teen Spirit" to produce the "trippy, psychedelic, watery effect." Vig told NPR: "I think that song is about acceptance, and about misfits. You're cool no matter how screwed up you are. 'Come As You Are' is an ode to accepting someone for who they are."</p> <p>Check out this acoustic version of "Come As You Are" here:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YcnvM2Eg_Rc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-finds-nirvana-goes-acoustic-come-you-are#comments Acoustic Nation Nirvana Blogs Videos Wed, 19 Feb 2014 07:39:40 +0000 Acoustic Nation http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20521 Video: December 30, 1993 — Nirvana Play Their Final Los Angeles Show http://www.guitarworld.com/video-december-30-1993-nirvana-play-their-final-los-angeles-show <!--paging_filter--><p>Some "new" old video has surfaced on YouTube.</p> <p>On December 30, documentary filmmaker Dave Markey posted this clip of what would wind up being Nirvana's last-ever show in Los Angeles. </p> <p>The show, which was staged at the LA Forum, pre-dates Kurt Cobain's April 5, 1994, suicide by just a few short months.</p> <p>Here's the info Markey posted along with the video:</p> <p>"20 years ago tonight (December 30, 1993) I stood on Kurt's side of the stage at my hometown's Los Angeles Forum and captured the last set I would see of this band. A band that I had worked with, toured with; people that I would call my friends. A band that both the world and myself really loved (can't really say this has happened since.) </p> <p>"Within just a few short months it would sadly all be over. Sharing a few songs here; a couple covers Vaselines' Jesus &amp; Bowie's Man Who Sold The World) and All Apologies. I'm glad to have documented this show, as well as their pre-fame fun in 1991."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TeUAej0brz8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nirvana">Nirvana</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-december-30-1993-nirvana-play-their-final-los-angeles-show#comments Nirvana News Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:34:53 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20125 Nirvana and Kiss Heading to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame http://www.guitarworld.com/nirvana-and-kiss-heading-rock-and-roll-hall-fame <!--paging_filter--><p>The ballots are in — and Nirvana and Kiss are headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.</p> <p>The inclusion of Nirvana is no surprise; they were odds-on favorites since their nomination was announced in October. The band, which was accepted into the Hall in its first year of eligibility, and its surviving members will receive the honor 20 years after frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide. </p> <p>For Kiss, however, it's been a long time coming — as Kiss fans have loudly lamented for years. Kiss have been eligible since 1999, but they've been nominated only once, in 2003. </p> <p>In 2006, about 200 irate Kiss fans protested outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum building, which is in Cleveland.</p> <p>Other artists being inducted in the 29th annual ceremony, which will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, April 10, are Hall and Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens and Peter Gabriel, who already has been inducted into the Hall as part of Genesis.</p> <p>Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ manager, and Andrew Loog Oldham, who worked closely with the Rolling Stones, will receive Ahmet Ertegun Awards, an award given to for nonperformers. Bruce Springsteen’s E Street band will receive the Award for Musical Excellence, formerly known as the sidemen prize.</p> <p>Nominees who did not make the cut this year include the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, guitarist Link Wray, Deep Purple, the Replacements, Yes and the Zombies.</p> <p>Inductions are chosen by more than 700 voters, including critics, music-industry figures and previous inductees; members of the public were able to cast online votes. Their top five choices made up a single “fans’ ballot.”</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nirvana">Nirvana</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/kiss">Kiss</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/nirvana-and-kiss-heading-rock-and-roll-hall-fame#comments Kiss Nirvana News Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:46:17 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20018 Video: Guitar Techs Explore Kurt Cobain's 'In Utero'-Era Fender Mustangs http://www.guitarworld.com/video-fender-techs-explore-kurt-cobains-utero-era-mustangs <!--paging_filter--><p>Prior to releasing the Kurt Cobain Signature Mustang guitars a few years ago, Fender's Justin Norvell and Master Builder Alex Perez were allowed supervised access to Cobain's guitar collection. </p> <p>The video below, which was posted to YouTube November 14, features photos that document the rare opportunity Norvell and Perez had to dismantle the original guitars, dubbed "Blue-Mustank" and "Oranj-Stang," to ascertain wiring schemes and pickup configurations.</p> <p>"On the <em>In Utero</em> tour that followed the album, Kurt favored a quiver of modified Fender Mustang guitars as main instruments for his sonic attack," writes Fender on its website. </p> <p>"A few years ago, Fender took on the challenge of authentically replicating the specifications of these historic instruments for the Kurt Cobain Signature Mustang guitars. It meant unearthing a music history time capsule that for years had been out of the public eye."</p> <p>It's a shame the video isn't longer and doesn't show more of the insides of the guitars.</p> <p><strong>For more about Nirvana, the 20th anniversary of <em>In Utero</em> and more — including Carcass, Chris Broderick, Cage the Elephant, a fuzz box roundup and John Petrucci's new column — <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-december-13-nirvana/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=NirvanaGuitars">check out the December 2013 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/nsWbX4RwPAw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/december%202013%20GW%20cover.png" width="620" height="806" alt="december 2013 GW cover.png" /></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nirvana">Nirvana</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/kurt-cobain">Kurt Cobain</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-fender-techs-explore-kurt-cobains-utero-era-mustangs#comments Fender Kurt Cobain Nirvana Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:59:00 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19786 Dave Grohl, Krist Novolselic and Pat Smear Reflect on the Making of Nirvana's 'In Utero' http://www.guitarworld.com/twenty-years-later-nirvanas-dave-grohl-krist-novolselic-and-pat-smear-reflect-making-utero <!--paging_filter--><p><em>This is an excerpt from the December 2013 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the rest of this story (plus two more Nirvana features) and more — including Carcass, Chris Broderick, Cage the Elephant, a fuzz box roundup and John Petrucci's new column — <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-december-13-nirvana/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=NirvanaExcerpt">check out the December 2013 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></p> <p><strong>Twenty years after Kurt Cobain suffered for the sins of corporate rock, Nirvana rise from the vault in a deluxe box-set reissue of theor great grunge apotheosis, <em>In Utero</em>. <em>Guitar World</em> delivers the gospel according to Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear.</strong></p> <p>“It’s the most honest record I’ve ever made in my entire life,” Dave Grohl says of <em>In Utero</em>, Nirvana’s 1993 swansong. </p> <p>It’s quite a statement coming from a guy who has amassed a deep catalog of bone-crunching, gut-level rock with the Foo Fighters and Them Crooked Vultures, not to mention a musician who has performed and recorded with everyone from Paul McCartney and David Bowie to Stevie Nicks and John Fogerty. </p> <p>But Grohl’s 1990–1994 tenure in Nirvana is especially close to his heart. Nirvana was the band that changed Grohl’s life, catapulting him from hardcore punk obscurity to worldwide fame as the drummer for a group that was perhaps the most influential band of the alternative-rock Nineties. Which is to say that Nirvana changed a lot of lives. </p> <p><em>In Utero</em> resonates with many of the band’s fans in a particularly poignant way. Just six months after the album’s release, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was dead by his own hand at age 27, leaving In Utero’s songs as a kind of final statement—and in some cases a final pained outcry—from one of the most beloved and troubled songwriters in recent rock history. </p> <p>To honor the 20th anniversary of <em>In Utero</em>’s release, Universal Music is releasing a massive box-set reissue. The set’s most deluxe format features the original album remastered, plus a brand-new remix of the entire disc by <em>In Utero</em>’s original producer, alt-rock studio legend Steve Albini. It also include B-sides, demo recordings, previously unreleased tracks, photos, documents and rarities galore, plus both audio and video discs of Nirvana’s December 13, 1993, <em>Live and Loud</em> concert, originally recorded for a New Year’s Eve broadcast on MTV. </p> <p>“There’s a song on <em>In Utero</em> called ‘Milk It,’ and that’s what we’re doing,” deadpans Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. “So that’s Kurt Cobain’s prophetic message about the future of Nirvana. We figured out how to sell records in the digital era: find never-seen-before photographs, print them on high-quality paper, find old chestnuts in the bottom of the drawer—outtakes, whatever. You put in a video, and you’ve got this package that you can sell the old-fashioned way, over the counter. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4-uet7twNu0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>“But really, I’m just being cynical. There’s some good material in the box set. And there are a lot of real fans who collect the bootlegs, concerts and photographs. They really appreciate these types of releases. So this is for them.”</p> <p><em>In Utero</em> is inextricably associated with Cobain’s death in the minds of many. Some of the lyrics read like a suicide note from Nirvana’s leader, who was in and out of heroin addiction at the time and severely depressed. In Utero’s lyrics rage, weep and wail with emotions that range from Cobain’s ambivalence toward his and Courtney Love’s marriage to his guilt and anxiety that he’d sold out his indie punk ideals by becoming one of the world’s biggest rock stars. </p> <p>Novoselic and Grohl play these tortured songs with a ferocious sense of urgency that befits Cobain’s primordial howl and the fierce/tender dynamics of his stressed-out guitar gear. One of the tentative titles for the album was I Hate Myself and Want to Die. </p> <p>But for all its grunge-era gloom and portents of mortality, <em>In Utero</em> is also—ironically enough—an album deeply involved in rebirth. Images of fertility, pregnancy and embryonic life loom large in the album’s lyrics and cover art. It’s almost like Cobain is already looking ahead to his next incarnation. This uneasy stance between life and death is one key to the album’s enduring emotional resonance. And at the time it was made, <em>In Utero</em> really did represent a rebirth of sorts for Nirvana, a band that had almost been blown apart by the unexpected mass popularity of their previous album and major label debut, 1991’s <em>Nevermind.</em> </p> <p>“You have to understand that when <em>Nevermind</em> became popular, it was kind of a traumatic experience for the band,” Grohl says. “We stopped everything and just went into hiding, because we weren’t really built to withstand that kind of success. When <em>Nevermind</em> was selling millions of copies, we were still touring in a fucking van, you know? We were still sharing hotel rooms and sleeping in the back rooms of friends’ houses. We just weren’t prepared for what happened.” </p> <p><em>Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc./Getty Images</em></p> <p><strong><em>For the rest of this story (plus two more Nirvana features) and more — including Carcass, Chris Broderick, Cage the Elephant, a fuzz box roundup and John Petrucci's new column — <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-december-13-nirvana/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=NirvanaExcerpt">check out the December 2013 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></strong></p> <object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://videoplayer.vevo.com/embed/Embedded?videoId=USUV71302004&playlist=false&autoplay=0&playerId=62FF0A5C-0D9E-4AC1-AF04-1D9E97EE3961&playerType=embedded&env=0&cultureName=en-US&cultureIsRTL=false" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://videoplayer.vevo.com/embed/Embedded?videoId=USUV71302004&playlist=false&autoplay=0&playerId=62FF0A5C-0D9E-4AC1-AF04-1D9E97EE3961&playerType=embedded&env=0&cultureName=en-US&cultureIsRTL=false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="620" height="360" bgcolor="#000000" wmode="transparent"></embed></object><p> <img src="/files/imce-images/december%202013%20GW%20cover.png" width="620" height="806" alt="december 2013 GW cover.png" /></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nirvana">Nirvana</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/kurt-cobain">Kurt Cobain</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/twenty-years-later-nirvanas-dave-grohl-krist-novolselic-and-pat-smear-reflect-making-utero#comments Dave Grohl December 2013 GW Archive Kurt Cobain Nirvana Interviews News Features Magazine Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:02:16 +0000 Alan di Perna http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19415 Listen: Rare Nirvana Interviews Surface Online http://www.guitarworld.com/listen-rare-nirvana-interviews-surface-online <!--paging_filter--><p>Three vintage Nirvana interviews have turned up online.</p> <p>Journalist James Sherry, who interviewed the band in November 1990, 1991 and 1992, has released the audio of all three recordings, reports Consequence of Sound. </p> <p>You can check out the interviews via the three audio clips below. The band discusses alternative music at the time, Vanilla Ice, Public Enemy and more. Dave Grohl even sings Warrant's "Cherry Pie."</p> <p>Nirvana, the current <em>Guitar World</em> cover stars, have just released a deluxe 20th anniversary edition of their final album, <em>In Utero</em>. <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-december-13-nirvana/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=NirvanaInterviewVideos">Check out the new issue, which features an interview with Grohl, Pat Smear and Krist Novoselic, at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></p> <p>“There’s a song on <em>In Utero</em> called ‘Milk It,’ and that’s what we’re doing,” deadpans Krist Novoselic in the GW story. “So that’s Kurt Cobain’s prophetic message about the future of Nirvana. We figured out how to sell records in the digital era: find never-seen-before photographs, print them on high-quality paper, find old chestnuts in the bottom of the drawer—outtakes, whatever. You put in a video, and you’ve got this package that you can sell the old-fashioned way, over the counter." </p> <p>You can read more of this interview <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/twenty-years-later-nirvanas-dave-grohl-krist-novolselic-and-pat-smear-reflect-making-utero">HERE.</a> </p> <object id="flashObj" width="620" height="270" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,47,0"><param name="movie" value="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="flashVars" value="videoId=2728670500001&playerID=73340884001&playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAACVe7sg~,t9aQsDoJK0wvC7UL4jIqN0Y80mot_dqy&domain=embed&dynamicStreaming=true" /><param name="base" value="http://admin.brightcove.com" /><param name="seamlesstabbing" value="false" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="swLiveConnect" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashVars="videoId=2728670500001&playerID=73340884001&playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAACVe7sg~,t9aQsDoJK0wvC7UL4jIqN0Y80mot_dqy&domain=embed&dynamicStreaming=true" base="http://admin.brightcove.com" name="flashObj" width="620" height="270" seamlesstabbing="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" swLiveConnect="true" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash"></embed></object><p><br /></p> <object id="flashObj" width="620" height="270" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,47,0"><param name="movie" value="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="flashVars" value="videoId=2726049915001&playerID=73340884001&playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAACVe7sg~,t9aQsDoJK0wvC7UL4jIqN0Y80mot_dqy&domain=embed&dynamicStreaming=true" /><param name="base" value="http://admin.brightcove.com" /><param name="seamlesstabbing" value="false" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="swLiveConnect" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashVars="videoId=2726049915001&playerID=73340884001&playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAACVe7sg~,t9aQsDoJK0wvC7UL4jIqN0Y80mot_dqy&domain=embed&dynamicStreaming=true" base="http://admin.brightcove.com" name="flashObj" width="620" height="270" seamlesstabbing="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" swLiveConnect="true" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash"></embed></object><p><br /></p> <object id="flashObj" width="620" height="270" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,47,0"><param name="movie" value="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="flashVars" value="videoId=2726049930001&playerID=73340884001&playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAACVe7sg~,t9aQsDoJK0wvC7UL4jIqN0Y80mot_dqy&domain=embed&dynamicStreaming=true" /><param name="base" value="http://admin.brightcove.com" /><param name="seamlesstabbing" value="false" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="swLiveConnect" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashVars="videoId=2726049930001&playerID=73340884001&playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAACVe7sg~,t9aQsDoJK0wvC7UL4jIqN0Y80mot_dqy&domain=embed&dynamicStreaming=true" base="http://admin.brightcove.com" name="flashObj" width="620" height="270" seamlesstabbing="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" swLiveConnect="true" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash"></embed></object><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nirvana">Nirvana</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/listen-rare-nirvana-interviews-surface-online#comments Nirvana News Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:21:32 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19446