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Post  misery guts on Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:35 am

The grunge gods who blazed for just a short time, but set the music world alight in 1991 and 1992, and remain fondly remembered by their fans. Here are a few of their highlights:

Smells Like Teen Spirit (Like, duh)

Come As You Are

Lithium

In Bloom

Heart-Shaped Box

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Post  misery guts on Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:37 am

All Apologies: Kurt Cobain: 10 Years On
Over an hour running through Kurt's formative years, his work with Nirvana and how fame became too much for him to take, with talking heads including mostly friends and fans. Most unexpected was Steve Diggle (of The Buzzcocks) who provided a different angle than the morass of musos and hangers-on.

Nirvana - Up Close and Personal
Some intriguing contributors here - biographer Charles R Cross and Kurt's grandfather Leland seemed to represent both sides of the late frontman. Friends and guitar teachers from his home area seemed fresher voices. What struck me most was the idea that before his death, he was set to split Nirvana, who'd got to the end of their road, and also break-up with Courtney Love. Just 2 massive changes which would have seen the subsequent rock story go a completely different way.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:47 am

Nirvana: In Performance
A muddled show again judging their few key telly efforts, firstly a concert from Rome in 1991, a couple of Saturday Night Live showings, and a final gig in 1994 with the wheels already coming off. The premise that 'Nevermind' displacing 'Dangerous' as US #1 album spelt the end of grunge is an intriguing point of timing. But the idea that the band were played out even before Cobain's suicide remains a convincing one.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jun 27, 2016 7:56 am

Classic Albums - Nirvana - Nevermind
Quite a busy edition, with Grohl, Novoselic and Vig all proud of their work, Thurston Moore and Steve Diggle adding the appraisal of fellow musicians, and assorted record company and other folks spoke fondly, whilst David Fricke did his usual thing, and biographer Charles R Cross filled in what he felt he needed to.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:08 am

Kurt Cobain - Too Young To Die
More over-familiar narration, of how a young musical prodigy from Aberdeen, Washington, changed the world of rock music for a while, but whom the elders of Aberdeen wish there to be no memorial record of the man, despite a statue having been commissioned, paid for and completed. The lack of involvement of Novoselic, Grohl, Love or Vig sums up the official nature of this project, as in its own way does the inclusion of biographer Charles Cross.

Off Camera w/Sam Jones: Dave Grohl
Much of this 2013 chat was about Grohl's "Sound City" film, his first directing effort, which snowballed out of being a small tribute, to a lengthier one when all the people he asked to be in it did so. It was a learning experience, just as when he started drumming. His guitar and song-writing in the Foo Fighters were more his thing. But he keeps getting respect for his drumming. Though I'm not a Foos fan, I can't deny he's a smart, likeable guy.

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Post  misery guts on Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:40 am

Sound City
Monster tribute led by Dave Grohl, a legendary recording studio, where many contributors helped sing its praises, and its Neve mixing desk. There seemed to be more lows than highs, but the nub of the tale is that after the studio was closed forever, Grohl took the desk and installed it in his gaff, and chose to celebrate it by recording an album featuring former users of the desk, "Studio 606". Grohl was as chuffed to be working with Rick Springfield as its healthy to be. He even got Paul McCartney to pop in and rock out. So, an enthralling story, engagingly told.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:56 am

This is a Call, by Paul Brannigan
Popular biography of Dave Grohl, this falls into three thirds: pre-Nirvana, Nirvana and post-Nirvana. It puts Dave's story together well, making sure each band project and collaborator gets their due. The all-too-brief Nirvana period works well, not making starry eyes about Kurt Cobain, and certainly not about Courtney Love. Of course, Foo Fighters has been Dave's #1 job for the last 20+ years, and even though I'm not a fan, the book does at least make them feel interesting. So, probably worth its plaudits.
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