Tomorrow sees the release of a very special box set that celebrates the 20th anniversary of Nirvana‘s third and final studio album, In Utero. The “Super Deluxe Box Set” is filled with over 70 remastered, remixed, rare and unreleased recordings, including B-sides, compilation tracks, never-before-heard demos and live material. Part of the live material that is included is footage of the band’s legendary 1993 Live And Loud performance, and VH1 is excited to share some never before seen rehearsal footage of that show with you today. Above, we have video of the band rehearsing “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter,” and below, footage of “Very Ape” (including a moment where Kurt Cobain gets behind the drum kit).
Rock ‘n’ roll is built on uncontrolled rebellion, passion, and spontaneity. So in other words, it’s not really made for the confines of live television. And that’s what makes it so great when bands perform live on the small screen…you never know WHAT kind of madness might happen! Check out the 10 most outrageous live TV performances in rock history.
This has been a big month for Nirvana. September 13th marked the 20th anniversary of their album “In Utero” and on September 24th they will be reissuing the album along with never-before-heard demos and the complete “Live And Loud” concert from December 13, 1993. I can hardly wait! Let’s celebrate this milestone anniversary by remembering two great songs: “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Heart-Shaped Box.” Vote now and tell us which song is your favorite!
Nirvana‘s third studio album, In Utero, turned 20 last week. In advance of next week’s release of the 20th anniversary “Super Deluxe Box Set” version of In Utero, we’re proud to unearth some rare footage from the grunge powerhouse’s famous Live And Loud set from 1993.
Nirvana‘s third studio LP, In Utero, was released 20 years ago last week. At the time of that album’s release, the trio made up of singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic, and drummer Dave Grohl were the biggest band on the planet, a position that the group was entirely uncomfortable with. So, in the words of Novoselic, they set out to “commit commercial suicide” with this collection of songs recorded by Steve Albini, which were entirely more raw than what producer Butch Vig had assembled on their gamechanging LP Nevermind. Their strategy, in large part, worked: The dirty-white-baseball-cap-clad boys who moshed in their frat houses to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” never really connected with In Utero, but there were two songs from this period that entered the zeitgeist: one was “All Apologies” (specifically, the MTV Unplugged version) and the other, “Heart Shaped Box.”
They say approximately 12% of the world is left-handed but that a disproportionate amount of left-handed people are of high intelligence and talent. Perusing some of rock n’ roll’s most preeminent southpaws it would be hard to argue considering some of music’s most talented and groundbreaking artists strum with their left hands. Check out the pictures below and see if you can guess these musical lefties just from their instruments alone!
Mr. Pete Best: A man, but also cultural short-hand for when you get totally kicked in the crotch by fate. For those of you who don’t know, Pete served as the original drummer for a little band called the Beatles, playing scores of small gigs across England in the early pre-fame ’60s. It’s hard to believe, but at the time he was seen as (arguably) the most popular member of the band! At least with the ladies…
Throughout the course of pop music history, there have been an untold number of tunes that were obviously written about people’s “business.” Notable ones include Lil Wayne‘s “Lollipop,” Flo Rida‘s “Whistle Song,” Smoov-E‘s “Attack of the 8-Inch Donkey,” and Mozart‘s “The Magic Flute” (that’s what it was about, right?). But some song-smiths were a bit sneakier about the whole thing and buried the true meaning a little deeper. We guess they enjoyed the secret perv-y delight that we were all unknowingly singing along to an anthem about their privates. Well played, folks. For 10 of the most surprising displays of musical exhibitionism, let’s take things downstairs…
You may or may not have been so into Paul McCartney‘s divisive jam sesh with the surviving member of Nirvana, you might have found the line-up a bit too old and a tad to British, or felt that Kanye‘s showstopping kilt was, well, something; but alas, there is now quantifiable proof that the night was for good: The 12-12-12 Concert For Sandy Relief raised roughly $50 million for victims of November’s devastating storm, and the show’s producers expect that number to grow in the coming weeks as additional donations and funds from album sales continue to trickle in.
Ticket sales and corporate sponsors made up the bulk of that $50 million, though merch sales and the phone bank brought in a hefty $20 million. And even the popular ticket resale site StubHub chipped in, donating the $1 million worth of fees they collected off of 12-12-12 tickets (they keep 25 percent of every sale, and tickets were being up-sold for as much as $60,000). Not so shabby, eh?
The New York Times figures that the benefit’s final tally falls a smidge short of the $61 million MTV’s Hope for Haiti concert made in 2010, and that the number pales in comparison to the $55 million (or, about $118 million in 2012 dollars) 1985′s Live Aid raised, but we are certain that those 50 million dollars will be put to good use by the 140 groups the Robin Hood Foundation has lined up and much appreciated by those left devastated by Sandy all the same. A hardy congratulations and a heartfelt thank you to all involved!
Two super-charged performances of “Cut Me Some Slack” and one leaked studio version later, we are fully prepared to accept what was totally unthinkable not one week ago: that the Paul McCartney/Nirvana collaboration is a real and rocking thing.
When word of the team-up first broke last week, there were cries of heresy — Courtney Love, reasonably distressed by the thought of a Kurt Cobain-less Nirvana, leading that charge — and implausibility, but then Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear (aka the surviving members of Nirvana) all showed up with Macca to play their new song at the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief and it rocked so hard that it seemed totally reasonable to cut them some slack, if you will.
The new crew turned up again over the weekend, performing “Cut Me Some Slack” underneath tinsel and besides a Christmas tree on Saturday Night Live, and and handily killing it once more and making it even harder for us to deny that this whole McVana thing might actually be sort of awesome. And then the very good studio-version that found its way to the internet this weekend and now we know for sure that this collaboration is a thing we love, most of all because of that nice moment halfway through the song when the harmony hits and breathes a little Beatles into the otherwise shattering rock song. Consider our calenders marked for Grohl’s forthcoming Nirvana documentary Sound City, which is slated to feature “Cut Me Some Slack” on the soundtrack.