“I get the feeling they’re more introverted people than I am. Nobody really talked about deep issues, at least out loud. There was a show at the Mayan in Los Angeles where I got overly enthusiastic and jumped into the crowd, and I know they weren’t thrilled about that. When I got offstage the manager told me not to do that again. I said, ‘Really, for my own safety?’ And he said, ‘No, because the Pixies don’t do that.’”—bassist Kim Shattucktalks to NME about getting fired from the Pixies (by their manager, over the phone)
As Mark Lanegan prepares to release a career-spanning compilation, Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011, early in 2014, we look back at March 2012’s Uncut (Take 178), where the Screaming Trees frontman and solo artist discusses the highs and lows of his catalogue, from collaborating with Kurt Cobain, attempting to throw session tapes into a river and embracing the synthesizer.
The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Georgetown was packed full last night, with well-wishers eager to celebrate the publication of “Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989,” by Sub Pop records co-founder Bruce Pavitt. […]
“When we slowed down, that quirkiness manifested itself in a sort of prog rock sort of quality. I remember when ‘Badmotorfinger’ came out, and I remember Mark [Arm] from Mudhoney said, ‘Hey man, I just heard “Badmotorfinger.”’ I’m all, ‘What do you think?’ [Laughs] And he’s like, ‘Fuck, it sounds like Rush!’”—Soundgarden’s Kim Thayilreminisces with Paste
“I remember a few years ago, it was actually in Oregon—I think it was Eugene—I was standing outside the club, it was a youth center or something, and there were a bunch of kids and stuff, and I heard some girl telling her friend: ‘Who’s playing?’ ‘I think it’s some Nirvana cover band.’ And I’m sure half the crowd thinks we’re doing Nirvana covers when we play those [Meat Puppets songs we did on ‘Unplugged’].”—the Meat Puppets’ Cris Kirkwooddiscusses the lasting impact of their guest appearance on Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged
“Like Quiet Riot and Mötley Crüe before them, Limp Bizkit and brethren sang simple, aggressive songs about life’s easy pleasures: strippers, whiskey, nookie, bawaitdaba-de-bang-de-bang-diggy-diggy. Plus the uniform was easy to replicate: backwards baseball cap, nanny-goat patchy facial hair, jeans and jerseys from the big-and-tall store. I disagreed on principle, but every now and then, ol’ Fred Durst would get my head bobbing. Stick that up your yeah. (But I have never been able to krack the kurious kase of Korn, wherein for a brief moment, teenage jocks in Jeeps pumped their fists to songs about surviving molestation. 1998 was a weird time, folks.)”—former MTV personality Dave Holmes' contribution to Vulture’s 1998 week is a great read; if you’re not already following Dave on Tumblr, do so immediately