Perhaps the most anticipated movie of 2021 is the new Batman movie The Batman! Warner Bros. closed out the DC Fandome weekend on Saturday night and Nirvana’s deep cut “Something In The Way” featured throughout the trailer of the film, based on the Batman Year One story by Frank Miller. The song was the final track on Nirvana’s breakout 1991 album Nevermind (Geffen Records). The trailer was shown during the highly anticipated panel for Matt Reeves’ (War For The Planet of The Apes), with a script by Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire) and stars Robert Pattinson as The Dark Knight, Jeffrey Wright Commissioner Gordon, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Colin Farrell as The Penguin, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone; Andy Serkis as Bruce Wayne’s trusted butler, Alfred, and Peter Sarsgaard as Gotham District Attorney Gil Colson. The film is only 25% finished so the trailer is just the beginning of what the final film will look like. Continue reading
Nirvana’s star-making video for ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ which catapulted the band to rock superstardom is approaching one billion video views on YouTube. ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was the lead track and single from Nirvana’s breakthrough release Nevermind (Geffen/UMe) which hit No. 1 around the world, selling more than 30 million copies worldwide. The single made its radio debut on August 27, 1991. Continue reading
For those of a certain age, the news that twenty-five years have passed since the death of Kurt Donald Cobain will scarcely be believable. But it is 25 years and yes, you do now feel old. You probably still feel sad and melancholy. Time has a terrible way of playing tricks with your memory but the passing of Nirvana’s frontman still resonates as if it were yesterday. The past remains, undoubtedly, a foreign country but I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing. I was in laundrette in Bristol, England doing a weekend load of washing (this is what students did then). I was listening to the BBC on my five-year-old Sony radio walkman- remember those?- when the terrible, heart-stopping news came through on that grey, terrible slate grey April day.
According to a published report from The Pulse of Radio and now the bands’ social media accounts, Nirvana will finally release their famous Live At The Paramount on vinyl. The concert was held in Seattle on Halloween 1991, approximately one month after the release of Nevermind (Geffen). Coming on April 12th the double LP will include bonus features such as a 12×24″ poster insert and a replica of an original backstage pass which will be presented as a download card. In 2011, a DVD and Blu-ray of the concert was released to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Nevermind. Continue reading
According to a report from TMZ, Nirvana filed a lawsuit against Marc Jacobs over a design featured in the brand’s “Redux Grunge” collection. The collection celebrates the cultural significance of the clothing that went on to become cultural icons. Included in the collection are socks, shirts, and sweaters. The lawsuit centers on a design featuring a rip-off of the exact Nirvana smiley face logo, trademarked officially after the band blew up in 1992, following the release of Nevermind (Geffen).
It’s hard to believe that the early 1990s are now a full generation plus in the rearview. One of the definitive albums of that era for any music fan is Nirvana’s Nevermind (DGC). Whether you like the band or the album or not, the impact they made with that album is still sending shockwaves being felt today. What about the band themselves? How do you top a masterpiece and a hit album you never wanted? Well if you were Kurt Cobain, you know the answer is you don’t even try. With their follow-up In Utero (also DGC), Cobain undoubtedly felt like they had made an album closer to what they were originally aiming for in their journey as a group: the vibe of raw punk, but with the sophisticated writing of great classic rock. It was a dichotomy that made the band so special and loved by both fans and critics. Of course not knowing at the time it would be their final studio work, but In Utero gives a pretty fair idea of what was possible for the “biggest band in the world” in 1993. Continue reading
Submitted for your approval, the year is 1991. Already a bang up year for monumental rock and metal releases, Soundgarden releases Badmotorfinger on the now defunct A&M records sets the heavy music world on its ear. Sure in the climate where Nirvana’s Nevermind was climbing the charts and Metallica’s “Black Album” was already a legit hit too. Residing right in the middle, just as the “Seattle” craze was capturing people wad Soundgarden. That Badmotorfinger would go on to be the defining moment in their career wasn’t a surprise considering their history.