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neeeervanaThe end of a decade is a strange, unsettling time. Caught on the cusp of what has been and what is yet to come, we huddle in front of our flatscreens desperately trying to make sense of it all. Are you confused just now? You are not alone. The questions, those unanswerable questions, just seem to mount up….like, what’s with Richard Hammond’s hair in those Morrison’s adverts? Seriously. He looks like someone has cruelly blow-dried a basset hound whilst high on acid.

But we can’t sit here and talk about important issues like that, not when we have this week’s news round-up for you.

Nirvana’s legendary performance at the 1992 Reading Festival has been released, so you know what to get the gloomy emo nephew in your life for Christmas. This was the infamous ‘wheelchair’ appearance, and although mainly drawn from Nevermind features early run-throughs of ‘All Apologies’ and ‘Dumb’, which would later end up on In Utero. It’s very difficult to disengage future events from the show while watching it, and very easy to look for post-rationalisations, but I defy anyone to look into Kurt Cobain’s eyes during ‘Polly’ and see any sign of human emotion. That could, of course, just be the heroin, but it’s reminiscent of a quote from Steve Albini at the time when he said ‘he (Kurt) just never seemed thrilled.’ Very much worth a watch, however.

On a related note, the Frasier to Nirvana’s Cheers – actually, probably more the Joey to Nirvana’s Friends these days – Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters release a best of this month, reminding you that they were actually a very decent rock band up to the turn of the century, though have been average to dull ever since the awesome There Is Nothing Left To Lose was released this month ten years ago. Still, the obligatory new single from it ‘Wheels’ is fantastic, although it appears to be a cover of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ ‘Learning to Fly’ with different lyrics.

On a further related note – we’re actually impressed with ourselves there – Grohl has formed yet another new band with Featuring Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and, somewhat more interestingly, John Paul Jones of Led Zepplin fame. Them Crooked Vultures they are going by, and some serious head down rock seems to be the order of the day. These supergroups never seem to amount to much, do they?

Setting an ELM record for linkage is the news that Homme – who seems to have worked with more acts than Simon Cowell – has been working with Biffy Clyro. One hopes it is more fun for them than it will be for us. Biffy’s new single ‘Captain’ is actually great, even if singer Simon Neil still sports that peculiar vocal style which sounds like a muppet speaking after giving a blow job and trying not to taste the end results.

Finally, and vaguely linked – vaguely – is the whole Simon Cowell saving Jedward ahead of Whatshername in X-Factor. (Why Jedward by the way? Why not Edhon?) People have said that this outcome damages the credibility of the show. Yes. Some people actually said that it damages the credibility of the X-Factor.

I’ll leave you to think about that.

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7 Responses

  1. Yes, why Jedward indeed? Why not irritating little cunts?

  2. I hate the Foo Fighters, from their stupid name, to Dave Grohl’s face which looks like he’s having a very difficult constipated dump every time he sings.

  3. I like knowing that they are out their, at any given time, fighting foo.

  4. Foo Fighters suit a ‘best of’….no need to buy an album really. They are really a singles band.

  5. GGM – I don’t think ITV would be all that comfy with that.

    Bert – Absolutely. They are, always have been, and always will be a singles band.

  6. In a pal’s one day and he had on a Sheryl Crow ‘best of’ and I got that feeling: “Nice….I remember that one….nice….mmmm, but hey I have no inclintaion at all to hear one of her albums, but she had some good singles.”

  7. Any one want to join my Fife based tribute band

    ” The Fu` Fighters ” ?

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