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Monthly Archives: September 2014
Shannon Hoon was born on this day in 1967
His tombstone in Dayton, Indiana
On 19th September 1992 the movie Singles by Cameron Crowe was released, featuring the musicians of Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.
Mother Love Bone was the inspiration for the movie “Singles” and its soundtrack. While the movie was released during the time “grunge” and “the Seattle sound” were hitting the mainstream, it had been slated to begin production in 1984, before being shelved by the production company.
CAMERON CROWE: “I loved Mother Love Bone, so when I was writing the movie that would end up being [1992’s] Singles, I wanted to interview Jeff and Stone to explore the whole coffee-culture, ‘two or three jobs, one of which is your band’ lifestyle. The terrible turn of events that took place was that Andy died. And everybody just instinctively showed up at Kelly [Curtis]’s house that night. For me it was the first real feeling of what it was like to have a hometown—everybody pulling together for some people they really loved. That was a pivotal moment, I think, for a lot of people there. It made me want to do Singles as a love letter to the community that I was really moved by. Few people know this, but Stone is actually in [Crowe’s 1989 film] “Say Anything.” He plays a cab driver, and Ione Skye looks at him and kind of flirts with him a little bit as they’re stuck in traffic on her way to graduation.”
18th Sept 1970, Jimi Hendrix was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mary Abbot’s Hospital in London at the age of 27 after choking on his own vomit. Hendrix left the message ‘I need help bad man’, on his managers answer phone earlier that night. Rumors and conspiracy theories grew up around Hendrix’s death. Eric Burdon claimed Jimi had committed suicide, but that’s contradicted by reports that he was in a good frame of mind. In 2009, a former Animals roadie published a book claiming that Jimi’s manager had admitted to him that he arranged the murder of Hendrix, since the guitarist wanted out of his contract. More on Jimi: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/jimi_hendrix
Famous and cult Mother Love Bone graffiti in Seattle, unfortunately not visible anymore*
From https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10152344438897775&id=29678422774 (see the discussion below the pictures)
And a shot from Singles by Cameron Crowe
From https://aratrask.wordpress.com/tag/washington/, you’ll see more pictures from cult grunge places there.
* UPDATE FROM MAY 22nd!
See the new version of this graffitti made by Jeff Ament here
Cobain’s legendary impatience with multiple takes came to the fore at this time.
He really wanted to do everything on the first or second take. He’d do a couple of takes and say, ‘That’s it. I’m not gonna do it anymore.’ The tricky part was trying to figure out how to motivate him to give really good performances. Sometimes his first or second takes were brilliant, but sometimes they needed work. They needed to be more focused. What I ended up doing was recording everything he sang, even the warmups. A lot of times, I’d actually be going for a first take, but he would think it was just a warmup. Then I’d have the engineer flip to a new track and I’d tell Kurt, ‘Okay, you’re ready for your first take.’ If I was lucky, I could get as many as four takes out of him. Then I’d take the best pieces of each one and make a master out of it.
Cobain’s painful stomach condition would sometimes bring sessions to a halt.
He was very sensitive to certain foods. Sometimes we’d eat dinner and he’d get sick half an hour later and end up spending 45 minutes in the bathroom.
We wrap up #TenWeek today.
(#NoCode Week runs through Wednesday.)
The Beatles song, “I’ve Got a Feeling” was frequently covered by Mookie Blaylock and Pearl Jam during their early days. It was recorded in early Mookie sessions, and was included on the first “Alive” promotional CD released by the band. “I’ve Got A Feeling” was featured as an extra track on the Japanese release of Ten.
Here’s part of a December 1991, interview with Eddie and Stone by Houston’s KLOL radio station:
INTERVIEWER: The first promotional release that came out from Pearl Jam was a 3-song CD that included “Alive” and also a cover of a Beatles song, “I’ve Got a Feeling”. Is there any particular reason why you chose to cover that song?
STONE: I think it was Jeff’s idea to cover that song. I think it was one of his favorite songs as a kid and I think that it just felt like the right kind of song for this band to do. And I don’t think that we ever actually really learned it. I think you can tell by listening to it. [laughter] And that’s the way we like it.
Eddie: I think the first week we were playing, too…that was recorded really early in our young career as this band and I think it was that album, the Abbey Road record, that’s how it felt when we were playing. It was just this loose kind of thing and if you listen to that record, it was pretty amazing the way everyone was playing together, even though it was the first to time.
[They play I’ve Got a Feeling]
INTERVIEWER: I asked Stone Gossard about his working relationship with long-time musical partner, Jeff Ament.
STONE: Yeah, we have an interesting dynamic in our relationship that’s, for some reason, we work together pretty well, I think.
EDDIE: Even though they don’t speak to one another.
STONE: [laughs] We don’t actually speak…
EDDIE: It’s all done through music and then of course they have their ‘people’. So Stone’s people will talk to Jeff’s people and …
STONE: Well, it’s strange because I think, generally, I don’t think me and Jeff would be two people that would just hang out together if we weren’t playing music together. I think we’d be friends and stuff but we wouldn’t… But it’s because we’re so opposite in a lot of different ways as far as just general personalities…something about it works. We’ve had this relationship and it’s continued and we just… I think we’ve both really grown to appreciate it and into seeing it through.
Who said this in 2009, about the Ten recording sessions at London Bridge Studio?
HINT: It wasn’t Stone.
“We did Evenflow about 50-70 times. I swear to God it was a nightmare! We played that thing over and over until we hated each other. I still don’t think Stone is satisfied with how it came out!”
Photo of Eddie taken by Lance Mercer Photography during the Ten Sessions at London Bridge Studio.
(answer: Mike McCready)