The Dead Weather…”Open Up (That’s Enough)…from the Thirdman Records Vault…
Today in 1991, Nirvana performed at Studio C (Top Of The Pops) in the United Kingdom. Artist performing on the show were required to sing live with a backing track. The band seized the opportunity to make a mockery of their performance: Cobain supplementing a wayward vocal by fellating his microphone, Novoselic and Grohl dancing around, not even pretending to play their instruments. The show’s producers were not amused, afterwards they asked Kurt if they could redo their performance, Kurt’s response: “No, I’m quite happy with that, thank you…”
In a sense Pearl Jam have been the punkest band of any of them. When Nirvana was changing ‘Rape Me’ to ‘Waif Me’ to get In Utero into K Mart, Pearl Jam were trying to take on Ticketmaster, or refusing to make videos because they didn’t believe in a lot of MTV’s policies.
ONE MINUTE OF SILENCE - Ultramega OK
Originally “Two Minutes of Silence,” Soundgarden cut out Yoko Ono’s part.
Hiro: “We had a minute to fill on the record.”
Chris: “We appreciated the Lennon arrangement so much.”
Kim: “We thought it was so good, we could add a little something to it. It’s the heavy metal version.”
Chris: “The real deciding factor was that we knew there wouldn’t be any publishing problems, because you can’t copyright silence.