Posted tagged ‘Pearl Jam’

The Backlash to Selling-Out

2013/05/20

In 1988, Seattle was still a few years away from seeing its music community explode into the mainstream. That didn’t mean the city’s musicians weren’t getting noticed by major labels. Here’s a page out of Backlash, a Seattle fanzine aimed at covering the local music community:

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(From Backlash, August-September 1988, p. 1)

J.R. Higgins’ article was about the rumors going around Mother Love Bone, a super-group made up of members of MalfunkshunGreen River, and Ten Minute Warning. Jokingly, it quotes frontman Andrew Wood on what would happen to the band after hitting the big time: “we won’t forget Seattle,” he said, “until we come back and we’re all at the Coliseum and we’re like, ‘Hello Portland! How ya doin! and everyone boos.”

Dawn Anderson’s piece was about how a stalwart of the Seattle punk scene left town and started a band in Los Angeles (hint: the group had a name that combined both guns and roses). Anderson playfully included old quotes from the migrant punk rocker, Andrew “Duff” McKagan on the topics of selling-out and community.

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This fanzine page offers a glimpse into the Seattle music community in 1988. At the time nobody knew, of course, what would happen three years later. What folks did see was a) local musicians on the threshold of the supposed fame and fortune that comes along with signing a major-label contract and b) a guy that left the community for greener pastures and it had panned out.

Everyone knows that things ended up ok financially for McKagan. Mother Love Bone, unfortunately, ended up with a huge debt when Andrew Wood passed away on the eve of the release of Apple, their debut LP. The surviving band members were fronted a lot of money by their record company, which was now almost impossible to pay back.

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Luckily, two of the members of Mother Love Bone, Jeff Ament and Stone Gosssard went on to form Pearl Jam. But the musicians mentioned in Backlash showcases the tension between local music scenes and major labels, and the dangers posed by being drawn further into the depths of the music industry.

The Kids are Alright

2013/02/17

Seattle Scene Report in Maximum Rocknroll, July 1983.

Northwest Scene Report July 83

Members of bands listed here went on to be in Guns N’ Roses, Mudhoney, and Pearl Jam.

Edmonton is my Jam

2012/03/05

Say, have you heard about the new website, This is my Jam?

Don’t pull a Ron Burgundy and be fooled by the question mark I added in – it actually has a very descriptive name. All you have to do is join the site, pick a song you want to tell people about – and it becomes “your jam” for up to a week. Then you pick a new one. Since I’m lucky enough to have friends with their fingers on the pulse of stuff that’s hip, I found out about the site and started jammin’ about a month ago.

A very good, yet different kind, of jam.

Now that I’m getting the hang of it, I’ve decided all my new jams will have something in common: they’ll all be by bands from Edmonton. There’s so much cool stuff going on in the music scene here, it would be a silly shame not to showcase some of the songs, and use alliteration whenever possible.

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Top 5 List of Reasons to be in Edmonton

2011/09/08

So I’m off to Europe for the rest of the month, but if I wasn’t going across the pond, here’s my Top 5 list of things I’d be doing in Edmonton. Click the links for show info.

1. Wool on Wolves at the Pawn Shop. Friday 9 September. Rock show. With the Wheat Pool.

Wool on Wolves at the Pawn Shop. Saturday 10 September. Acoustic show. With Scenic Route to Alaska. And Tyler Butler. And yes, both shows count as one due to Top 5 list limit restrictions.

2. Ariane Mahryke Lemire at the Black Dog. Saturday 10 September. It’s the afternoon Hair of the Dog show.

3. The Collective West at the Artery. Tuesday 13 September. With Bog River.

4. Mudhoney at New City Legion. Thursday 22 September.

5. Pearl Jam at the Coliseum. Friday 23 September. With Mudhoney.

Have fun at all the great shows, jerks. I’m off to stupid Europe.

What Krist Novoselic Has Been Doing Since Attaining Nirvana

2010/09/21

Most people know what Dave Grohl has been up to since his days in Nirvana.

Kirst Novoselic, on the other hand, has stayed out of the public limelight (at least compared to Grohl) – BUT he’s still been a very busy bass player.  He’s played in bands like Sweet 75, Eyes Adrift and Flipper. And he’s also been very active in political…activism.

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once you, were in my…rearviewmirror

2010/08/19

Here’s an article on the pullout of American forces from Iraq leading up to the deadline at the end of August. It’s heavy on the hindsight and even has its own soundtrack!

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Read the Los Angeles Times article here

Speaking of hindsight, here’s a little speech from 19 March 2003…And a song to listen to while the speech is playing…

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I’m just selling albums, I’m not selling out

2010/04/06

“I used to like that band, but then they totally sold out.”

Everybody has heard someone say this (less than) insightful statement, I’m sure I’ve said it at least 100 times myself.  When somebody says this the are usually attempt to make at least one of these points clear:

1) They are super rad and liked that band before you’d heard of them and
2) Now that the band is popular, they have no street cred and their music and message isn’t worth anything. The band just didn’t abide by the principles that the person speaking attests to.

Well, the truth is – people that say this are pretentious, yes, but they are also idiots (in my case, I’m just a more self-aware idiot).. AND they have mostly no understanding of the band or the type of music that they are speaking about. Mostly.

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