March 18th, 2012

"Sub Pop: Seattle: Rock City" by Everett True, Melody Maker, March 18, 1989 (scan by Archived Music Press)

"There’s a quote of mine from the Sub Pop article that has been used more than anything else I’ve written, which is the earliest description of Nirvana in a British music paper—how ‘They’re four working-class guys from Aberdeen, blah blah blah.’ What’s really kind of annoying about seeing that description everywhere is, although it’s attributed to me, they’re not my words. I was on serious deadline, an I wasn’t an experienced writer by any stretch of the imagination back then. So I was on the phone to [Sub Pop’s] Jonathan Poneman in Seattle and I was copying down word-for-word what he was telling me about these artists. That’s quite dreadful, really, but what the hell.”

—former Melody Maker writer Everett True, from Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge

February 15th, 2012

Blood Circus Primal Rock Therapy sampler cassette (designed by Kerry Simmons)

July 19th, 2011
[Blood Circus’] ‘Six Foot Under’ is in the [Pearl Jam] documentary. It’s one of the first songs I heard back in Seattle when [Sub Pop’s] Bruce Pavitt was DJing at a museum show and played ‘Six Foot Under’ into ‘Ring My Bell’ by Anita Ward. I was thinking, Holy shit. That’s a different sensibility than I grew up with. That is not a San Diego segue. That feels like the future.
director Cameron Crowe, in a really good new Q&A posted on The Uncool
May 2nd, 2011
Six Foot Under
Coffin Break
Primal Rock Therapy

Ex-Blood Circus bassist Tracy “T-Man” Simmons posted the following Facebook status update earlier this evening:

For all you Blood Circus Fans! Just signed the papers. Our song, Six Foot Under, will be in the upcoming Pearl Jam movie “Twenty.” We are proud to be a part of their 20th anniversary celebration!

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