Verse Chourus Verse: The Recording History Of NIRVANA
Goldmine #432, February 14, 1997
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The band had to go out on tour before being able to complete the album. "Initially, I think they were planning on coming back and doing some more stuff, or they had talked about me going to Seattle," says Vig. "But it was all fairly up in the air at that point. Very shortly after that is when they started talking to Geffen." In fact, the proposed album for Sub Pop now became a demo the band sent to major labels in hopes of a new deal. Other friends received copies of the tape as well; Endino remembers being given one with the request "Don't tell Jonathan I gave you this!" He was also amused at the reappearance of "Sappy" "It's just not a memorable tune," he contends. "There's four versions of that song; there's the one I did, there's the one they did with Butch Vig, there's the one that's on that CD [No Alternative, with the song retitled "Verse Chorus Verse"], and there's an acoustic version floating around on bootlegs. I mean, Kurt just could not give up on that song! "
While on tour, the band made another video, of the Smart Studios version of "In Bloom." The video later appeared on the Sub Pop Video Network Program 1, released in 1991 (and the only official release of this version of "in Bloom"), by which time Channing was no longer in the band, and the band was no longer with Sub Pop. After the spring U.S. tour, Channing was fired, though like Everman, he says he quit. In assessing the situation, Endino observes, "All I can think, is the reason they got rid of Chad was more personality-wise. I always thought Dale was a brilliant drummer, and it was pretty hard for anybody to come up and fill his shoes. And when Chad first joined the band, he had to sweat it a little bit; it took Chad a while to get into the groove of it. When I recorded the 'Love Buzz' single, I didn't think he was very good. He wasn't hitting very hard; it was hard to record him. That's why the drum sound on 'Love Buzz' is really not that great, because I had to do horrible things with it to try and make it sound good at all. Because he was barely touching the drums.
"By the time they did Bleach he was playing much better," Endino continues, "and by the time they did those demos with Butch Vig, I thought he was playing very very well indeed. And then they got Dave. You'll notice if you play the Chad demos for the Nevermind stuff, and compare them to Nevermind, they're exactly the same drum part. The guy was getting pretty good when they got rid of him. But Dave is obviously an amazing drummer himself, so what are you going to do? He was a much harder hitter than almost anybody"
May '90 saw the release of Mark Lanegan's The Winding Sheet on Sub Pop, the first 1000'copies on red vinyl. Nirvana brought Dale Crover back in as drummer for a West Coast tour in August, but used Dan Peters, Mudhoney's drummer, in their next trip to the studio. With plans for a second album still on hold, Sub Pop at least wanted to put out another Nirvana single. "Dive" was chosen from the Vig sessions, and the Aside, "Sliver," was recorded at Reciprocal on July 11.
Endino already had a session with TAD that day. "Jonathan called up and was begging, 'We want Nirvana to cut this one song really fast while they're in town. And is there any way they can use Tad's equipmeet?' And Tad was like, 'This is our time, we're trying to record something here.' He was kind of testy about it. And I was like, Well, you guys go and eat dinner. I'm sure we can do this in an hour.' And Nirvana just came in and used their bass and guitar and drum set and did it. There were two takes of 'Sliver.' Only one of them was finished. And they're almost identical. And then we spent an entire day [July 24] re-doing the vocals and maybe some guitar and mixing it. "
In August, Nirvana's second track for C/Z, "Do You Love Me," appeared with the release of of the Kiss tribute album Hard To Believe. The album has several variations. The U.S. release was a single album, initially in a gatefold sleeve, then a single sleeve. It was later released on CD and cassette. The U.S. version also has four tracks (by Skin Yard, Coffin Break, Hullabaloo, and the Melvins) not found on any other version. The U.K. release (on Southern) and European release were also single albums, while the Australian release, on Waterfront, was a double album.
There are also two different issues of the CD and cassette. "Gene Simmons was getting ready to do Kiss My Ass, and he decided it was time to eliminate the competition on the playing field, and decided to call Waterfront and say 'Cease And Desist,"' says Daniel House. "And what he cited as the reason for doing this was unauthorized use of the Kiss logo, and 'You have used paintings of us and we have not given you permission to use our likenesses!' Waterfront panicked and freaked-out. So we faced with possibility of a suit. So we repackaged it before we "ceased.'" The second cover has no logo, no pictures, and the "i" in the word Kiss is replaced by a pair of lips-actually the lip prints of The Rocket magazine's receptionist at the time, C/Z then based in an office down the hall. On the inside is the request "Love you, Gene baby Please dont sue us." There was also a reshuffling of the lineup, with two tracks removed and a Treepeople track added. The album is now out of print.
Dan Peters was also Nirvana's drummer on September 22, when the band played the Motor Sports International Garage in Seattle. The space was not a music club at all, but a real garage, since torn down and replaced by an open-air parking lot. The other bands on the bill were the Derelicts, Dwarves, and the Melvins. A color shot by Charles Peterson from the show appears on the back inside cover of Incesticide. Alice Wheeler was also present. "I was out in the audience and Dylan Carlson and found me and brought me backstage," she says. "Kurt had told him to come and find me, and told me to take pictures! "
Also in attendance at the show was Dave Grohl, who had flown up to audition as Nirvana's new drummer. Though only 21 at the time, Grohl already had an impressive musical background. Born in Warren, Ohio in 1969, Grohl grew up in Springfield, Virginia, and began playing guitar around age 10. He soon formed a duo, the H.G. Hancock Band, with his friend Larry Hinkle and began making tapes. He received his first electric guitar at Christmas when he was 12, and in the summer of 1984, at age 15, he joined his first band, Freak Baby.
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