( Log Out /  Curse you Metal Hammer, April 1994 for your impact on my budgets!! I really trusted Sonic Youth. This single purchase thus bid farewell to Kurt at the same time as introducing me to the band that became the single most important influence on my music-consuming tastes and directions. The sponsorship of other bands — whether The Raincoats, The Vaselines, Melvins — was something Sonic Youth had been doing for years, bringing up other acts as tour support or barracking the industry to get them releases. Sonic Youth brought out Nirvana on a tour in August of 1990 along with a band called STP. Nirvana continue, even after fame, to mimic the Sonic Youth mode of behaviour whether deliberately or through some shared underground heritage. Also featured in the film are Mark Arm, Dan Peters and Matt Lukin of Mudhoney and roadie Joe Cole, who was murderedin a robbery three months after the tour ended. It was also the first time I had come into contact with Sonic Youth. Sonic Youth, Nirvana, The Frank & Walters – remember when they played Sir Henrys? I agree wholeheartedly. 1991: The Year Punk Broke, released theatrically in 1992, is a documentary directed by Dave Markey featuring American alternative rock band Sonic Youth on tour in Europe in 1991. Edit) However, Nirvana’s debt to Sonic Youth goes further than just label logistics or distribution models. Melvins served wonderfully for those first few years, yet having discovered the limitations of the indie scene as it stood in 1989-1990 — living on the breadline, unenviable touring conditions, limited studio time and budget — the band needed something new. 1991: The Year Punk Broke, released theatrically in 1992, is a documentary directed by Dave Markey featuring American alternative rock band Sonic Youth on tour in Europe in 1991. Moist Vagina Lyrics. If Nirvana could be considered ambitious it’s in reaching past all their other compatriots to make comparisons to the band that had, at that point, become the biggest alternative act without crossing over or compromising with mainstream tastes. The example of major label moves had been set by many recent underground bands; Mother Love Bone, The Posies, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains among others. Nirvana followed Sonic Youth onto Gold Mountain for a very clear reason as described in 2011 by Danny Goldberg, “John and I signed Sonic Youth, who were very good at picking opening bands…They chose Nirvana to open for them on a European tour, and I recall John coming back and saying that we should manage Nirvana. Nirvana, Sonic Youth's openers on that tour, were all over the movie, and it also featured footage of Dinosaur Jr., the Ramones, Babes in Toyland, and Gumball. 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Nirvana did their tour with Dale Crover from the Melvins on the drums. I’d like to confess at this point to having seventy-seven Sonic Youth (and related) releases…. Produced by Wharton Tiers & Sonic Youth. The former Sonic Youth leader Gordon was a fitting choice to take part in proceedings for a number of reasons, without her it’s possible that Nirvana wouldn’t have become the household name they are today after she recommended the band to major label Geffen and the rest is history. STP was an all-female group with Julia Cafritz from Pussy Galore and Free Kitten, and had nothing to do with Stone Temple Pilots. better than the Melvins!” yet the comparisons changed: Keith Cameron: “’people were saying, you know, one day, they might be as big as Sonic Youth.”, Dave Grohl in 2011 on Nevermind: “Holy shit! We met with Nirvana, and they trusted us because they trusted Sonic Youth.” Just like Dale Crover’s presence had persuaded Jack Endino to open his doors to Nirvana in 1988, Sonic Youth got Nirvana their management company thanks to firstly, taking Nirvana with them for seven shows in August 1990 (at that point the largest shows Nirvana had been a part of), then personally asking for it to happen. The original song: Nirvana followed Sonic Youth onto Gold Mountain for a very clear reason as described in 2011 by Danny Goldberg, “John and I signed Sonic Youth, who were very good at picking opening bands…They chose Nirvana to open for them on a European tour, and I recall John coming back and saying that we should manage Nirvana. Part credit for this post goes to a gentleman called Brett Robinson over on the LiveNirvana forum (if you’re interested in Nirvana I genuinely recommend the site and the forum — I’ve used the site for years but only recently engaged with the forum and the intelligence and knowledge present is awe-inspiring.) Also featured in the film are Mark Arm, Dan Peters and Matt Lukin of Mudhoney and roadie Joe Cole, who was murdered in a robbery three months after the tour ended. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. A lot of these quotations are post-event comparisons but they coincide absolutely with the vision available in 1990 of what success for a band that wasn’t soaked in mainstream glitz meant. 1991: The Year Punk Broke, released theatrically in 1992, is a documentary directed by Dave Markey featuring American alternative rock band Sonic Youth on tour in Europe in 1991. The film was again re-released on DVD on September 13, 2011 by the Universal Music Group.[1]. Melvins acted as the role model to a young Kurt Cobain trying to seek a social setting for present-day teen survival and also looking for a longer-term means of escape from that setting. Dave Markey, a friend of Sonic Youth… Change ), Dark Slivers out now: Kindle ebook or, for paperback, email NirvanaDarkSlivers@gmail.com, Cobain: The Man Who Sold The World (Thank You Jasmine), The Stooges: Round Up The Rarities Part Three, "I Played With Nirvana" – Eyewitnesses 1987-1994, After In Utero – The Final Year 1993-1994, Dark Slivers: Seeing Nirvana in the Shards of Incesticide, I Found My Friends: the Oral History of Nirvana, No Seattle: Forgotten Sounds of the North West Grunge Era, Flowers of Romance and Bathroom Destruction. We’re going to be as big as Sonic Youth!”, Everett True in Nirvana: The True Story: “’Yeah, as big as Sonic Youth at least, or the Pixies…”, Anton Brookes: “our idea of the ‘Top 10’ was being as big as Sonic Youth or the Pixies…”, Krist Novoselic in 1992: “‘We wanted to do as good as Sonic Youth…”. The film takes place over the course of Sonic Youth and Nirvana's 1991 European tour. Sonic Youth brought out Nirvana on a tour in August of 1990 along with a band called STP. Having left Melvins behind already, with the buzz building, Sonic Youth became the next critical role model. Nirvana wurde indirekt durch Sonic Youth berühmt, denn Kim Gordon empfahl Geffen Records die relativ unbekannte Band, die auf dem Seattler Label Sub Pop gerade ihr Debüt Bleach veröffentlicht hatte. Not for nothing did Nirvana’s bassist Krist Novoselic – even after Nevermind had sent the Seattle band stratospheric – say that they simply wanted “to do as good as Sonic Youth”. Cork’s renowned but long-defunct music venue is the star of a new show. Sonic Youth. A year later Sonic Youth again take Nirvana with them for a month of touring in August including their first substantial festival appearances at the Reading Festival, Monsters of Spex, Pukkelpop, Überschall 91 and Ein Abend in Wien. Inhuman - Sonic Youth White Kross - Sonic Youth Orange Rolls, Angels Spit - Sonic Youth In Bloom - Nirvana Eric's Trip - Sonic Youth Chapel Hill - Sonic Youth Broken Punk - 12 Years After Q&A Mote - Sonic Youth Flower - Sonic Youth Trailer Teenage Riot (Alt. Also Cobain’s diversion into production (with Melvins in 1992 and 1993) had been prefigured by Lee Ranaldo’s work for Babes in Toyland and Kim Gordon’s work for Hole. At a screening of the film at the 2008 All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Monticello, New York, Markey mentioned that the working title for the film was Tooth or Hair, as a further play on this connection. Later, reading interviews where one or other member of Sonic Youth states things like “I think anybody who knew Kurt fantasizes about some conversation that they could have had with him that might have saved this person from such a tragedy…” it still has that feel of the elders watching over their kid brother. Months before Nirvana overtook the world with "Teen Spirit" mania in late 1991, the band was tapped by Sonic Youth for a European festival tour. Album Sunday. Then Thurston called me and told me how great they were. Watch the incredible footage from that 2014 evening, below. Edit) ( Log Out /  Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Inhuman - Sonic Youth White Kross - Sonic Youth Orange Rolls, Angels Spit - Sonic Youth In Bloom - Nirvana Eric's Trip - Sonic Youth Chapel Hill - Sonic Youth Broken Punk - 12 Years After Q&A Mote - Sonic Youth Flower - Sonic Youth Trailer Teenage Riot (Alt. While Sonic Youth is the focus of the documentary, the film also gives attention to Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Babes in Toyland, Gumball and The Ramones. There’s the well known quotation from 1988 that “Nirvana could become…. It’s like Sonic Youth had adopted Nirvana. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. While Sonic Youth is the focus of the documentary, the film also gives attention to Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Babes in Toyland, Gumball and The Ramones. Precisely the same thing happens again with Kim Gordon apparently responsible for persuading Nirvana that DGC was the label they should go with. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. A discussion was started a couple weeks back asking people to suggest “The Top Five Most Important Concerts to Nirvana’s History.” Brett pointed to the show in Hoboken, New Jersey on July 13, 1989 on the basis that it’s the night Sonic Youth saw first saw Nirvana play live. So, while not as fundamental to Nirvana’s sound as Melvins were in the early days, Sonic Youth had an equally strong influence on pushing Nirvana into the limelight, onto the major label stage, and providing an aim, something to emulate. ( Log Out /  Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. STP was an all-female group with Julia Cafritz from Pussy Galore and Free Kitten, and had nothing to do with Stone Temple Pilots. Nirvana did their tour with Dale Crover from the Melvins on the drums. Sonic Youth & Kurt Cobain / Nirvana. The film is dedicated to him. It’s intriguing how others have either taken up the chant or saw the comparison too. Several scenes in the film involve re-enactments and references to scenes from the contemporaneous Madonna tour documentary, Truth or Dare, such as Gordon complaining about "industry people" in the front row, or Cobain, introduced as "Costner" telling Sonic Youth that their show was "neat". ( Log Out /  A home video VHS was released by the David Geffen Company on April 13, 1993. The film is dedicate… Anyways, this is a scrap from the April 1994 edition of Metal Hammer magazine which I bought for the Kurt Cobain tribute. But the foremost band in the Eighties underground was always Sonic Youth. This track is a cover of Nirvana song “Moist Vagina”.
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