It’s been really hard to go back and listen. I miss Baker. I miss Layne. I wonder how Layne would be met these days, what kind of music he’d be making or if he’d be a father. And his lyrics [on Above] in particular still sound fresh to me. They still make me feel, and that’s good.
Thanks to everyone involved with the tour! Thanks for coming to the show, or shows if you did! We feel grateful to be able to still do this after almost 30 years, and we don’t take it for granted. Thanks to SPIN for letting us write the tour diary. It was fun to do. It was funny seeing people getting pissed off at us for shit talking certain rock stars. All of what we said is true! People don’t like the truth. They get defensive and weird when you say Billie Joe is a big baby for throwing a rock star tantrum, or that Rob Zombie is a total dick! It’s fucking true! I’m one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet! I say it’s true! Oh well, why believe us? We should just tell lies like Bob Dylan does. It’s more interesting than the truth anyway.
“Weird Al” Yankovic: I only met Kurt in person once at a restaurant in Los Angeles. He just happened to be eating at an adjoining table with his friends. This was after the parody had come out, so I got to go over and thank him in person. I just profusely thanked him and said, “Anything I can do for you, let me know.” Kurt extended his hand to me and said, “Polish my nails.”
So many wonderful details in this Spin.com piece: ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Looks Back at 20 Years of ‘Smells Like Nirvana’
In Morgantown, West Virginia, I had some creepy little four-eyed freak ask me if I felt bad about what happened to Kurt Cobain. Now here’s a kid who looked as if he was barely even born when Cobain died. Confused by this weird and openly familiar question I asked him what the hell he could possibly mean. He asked if I felt bad about being involved in his death. I asked him how exactly was I involved in his death? He said, ‘Well, you know, by introducing him to music and shit.’ I had to admit he had a weird point… . I mean, had Cobain never met me he most likely would have fallen into a dead-end job not too far outside of shitty Grays Harbor. That doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have ended up dead anyway but I certainly don’t feel bad about a goddamn thing… .
Sharon Knolle over at Moviefone has written two pieces pegged to the 20th anniversary of Singles, both of which cite Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge:
- ‘Singles’ 20th Anniversary: Seattle Residents Look Back
- ‘Singles’: 25 Things You Didn’t Know About the Cameron Crowe Flick
And here are a couple more Singles stories:
- Spin.com: ‘Singles’ Turns 20: Who’d Be on Film’s Soundtrack in 2012?
- The Uncool (Crowe’s official site): Singles Locations: 20 Years Later – Part 2
The Melvins are documenting their 51 States in 51 Days* tour for Spin.com. Here’s their first entry: Riding the Stripper Bus in Alaska
*Buzz Osborne explains: We are now calling this tour “51 States in 51 Days” because we think DC should be a state. Nonetheless, no one is listening to us about that, or much else really.