The Hip

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Canada’s house band

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EARLY HISTORY (1984–1991)

The Tragically Hip formed in 1984 in Kingston, Ontario. Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker were students at Kingston Collegiate and had performed together at the KCVI Variety Show as the Rodents. Baker and Sinclair joined with Downie and Fay in 1984 and began playing gigs around Kingston with some memorable stints at Clark Hall Pub and Alfie’s, student bars on Queen’s University campus. Guitarist Paul Langlois joined in 1986; saxophonist Davis Manning left that same year. They took their name from a skit in the Michael Nesmith movie Elephant Parts.[5]
By the mid-1980s they performed in small music venues across Ontario until being seen by then-MCA Vice-President Bruce Dickinson at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto.[6] They were then signed to a long-term record deal with MCA, and recorded the self-titled EP The Tragically Hip. The album produced two singles, “Small Town Bring-Down” and “Highway Girl”.
They followed up with 1989’s Up to Here. This album produced four singles, “Blow at High Dough“, “New Orleans Is Sinking“, “Boots or Hearts”, and “38 Years Old“. All four of these songs found extensive rotation on modern rock radio play lists in Canada. Road Apples followed in 1991, producing three singles (“Little Bones“, “Twist My Arm“, and “Three Pistols“) and reaching No. 1 on Canadian record charts. During the Road Apples tour, Downie became recognized for ranting and telling fictional stories during songs such as “Highway Girl” and “New Orleans is Sinking”.
The sound on these first two full-length albums is sometimes characterized as “blues-tinged,” although there are definite acoustic punctuations throughout both discs. While the band failed to achieve significant international success with these first two albums, their sales and dominance of modern rock radio in Canada gave them license to subsequently explore their sound.

1992–1997

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The Hip released another album, Fully Completely in 1992, which produced the singles “Locked in the Trunk of a Car“, “Courage“, and “At the Hundredth Meridian” and three others. The sound on this album displayed less of a blues influence than previous albums. The Hip created and headlined the first Another Roadside Attraction tour at this time, both to act as a vehicle for their touring, and to promote other Canadian acts (as well as non-Canadians Ziggy Marley and Pere Ubu).
Many songs from Day For Night were first performed prior to their release during the 1993 Another Roadside Attraction Tour. “Nautical Disaster” was played frequently in the middle of “New Orleans is Sinking”, an early version of “Thugs” was tested, and Downie sang lyrics from many other Day For Night songs, such as “Grace, Too”, “Scared”, and “Emergency”, during this tour.
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Day for Night was then released in 1994,[7] producing six singles, including “Nautical Disaster” and “Grace, Too“. Trouble at the Henhouse followed in 1996, producing five singles, including “Ahead by a Century” and “Butts Wigglin”, which would also appear on the soundtrack to the Kids in the Hall movie Brain Candy. Live Between Us, was recorded on the subsequent tour at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
The band developed a unique sound and ethos, leaving behind its earlier blues influence. Downie’s vocal style changed while the band experimented with song structures and chord progressions. Songs explored the themes of Canadian geography and history, water and land, all motifs that became heavily associated with the Hip. While Fully Completely began an exploration of deeper themes, many critics consider Day for Night to be the Hip’s artistry most fully realized. The sound here is typically called “enigmatic” and “dark”, while critic MacKenzie Wilson praises “the poignancy of Downie’s minimalism.”[8]
On the follow-up tour for this album, the band made its only appearance on Saturday Night Live, thanks in large part to the finagling of fellow Canadian and Kingston-area resident Dan Aykroyd. The band’s performance on the show was one of their highest profile media appearances in the United States.
In July 1996, the Hip headlined Edenfest. The three-day concert took place at Mosport Park, in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, just a few months after the LP Trouble at the Henhouse was released. The concert sold over 70,000 tickets total and was attended by an estimated 20,000 additional people who gained access to the concert site after the outside security broke down.

1998–2003

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In 1998, the band released their seventh full-length album, Phantom Power,[9] which produced five singles. It won the 1999 Juno Awards for Best Rock Album and Best Album Design. A single from the album, “Bobcaygeon“, won the Juno Award for Single of the Year in 2000. The album has been certified platinum three times over in Canada.[10]
In February 1999, the Hip played the very first concert at the brand new Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. In July 1999, the band was part of the lineup for the Woodstock ’99 festival in Rome, New York[11]
2000 saw the release of Music @ Work. It won the 2001 Juno Award for Best Rock Album. The album featured back-up vocals from Julie Doiron on a number of tracks, and reached No. 1 on the Canadian Billboard Charts.
In 2002, In Violet Light, recorded by Hugh Padgham and Terry Manning at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas was released, along with three singles from the album. It became certified platinum in Canada.[10] Later that year, the Hip made a cameo appearance in the Paul Gross film Men with Brooms, playing a curling team from their hometown of Kingston. Two of their songs, “Poets” and “Throwing Off Glass”, were also featured on the film’s soundtrack.
On October 10, 2002, the Tragically Hip performed two songs, “It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken” and “Poets”, as part of a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II. In 2003, the band recorded a cover of “Black Day in July”, a song about the 1967 12th Street Riot in Detroit, on Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot.

2004–2008

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In Between Evolution was released in 2004 in the No. 1 position in Canada. It has since sold over 100,000 copies.

At the 92nd Grey Cup held November 21, 2004, the band provided the halftime entertainment in front of a packed house at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa.[12]

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In 2004, in episode 15 (“Rock On”), season 2 of Canadian comedy TV series Corner Gas, the Tragically Hip gave a cameo appearance as an unnamed local band rehearsing in Brent’s garage. They play a rough version of the song It Can’t Be Nashville Every Night from their In Between Evolution album until interrupted and asked to leave by Brent, Wanda, and Hank. As they disappointedly go, Wanda demands that Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker leave behind their amplifiers.[13]
In October 2005, several radio stations temporarily stopped playing “New Orleans Is Sinking“, out of sensitivity to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, which had devastated the city in early September of that year.[14][15][16] However it received considerable pirate radio and relief site play and gained some notoriety and praise in New Orleans due to its attitudinal proximity to the city’s culture.
On November 1, 2005, the Hip released a double CD, double DVD box set, Hipeponymous, including all of their singles and music videos to date, a backstage documentary called “Macroscopic”, an animated Hip-scored short film entitled “The Right Whale”, two brand new songs (“No Threat” and “The New Maybe”), a full-length concert from November 2004 That Night in Toronto, and a 2-CD greatest hits collection Yer Favourites (selected on-line by 150,000 fans). On November 8, 2005, Yer Favourites and That Night in Toronto were released individually.
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In 2006, another studio album, entitled World Container, was released, being notably produced by Bob Rock. It produced four singles, and reached the No. 1 spot on the Canadian rock music charts. The band toured concert dates in major Canadian cities, and then as an opening act for the Who on several US dates. A tour of Eastern Canada, Europe, and select cities in the United States occurred late in the year.
On February 23, 2008, the Hip returned to their hometown of Kingston, Ontario, where they were the first live act to perform at the new K-Rock Centre.

2009–2015

In 2009, the band again worked with producer Bob Rock, and We Are the Same was released in North America on April 7, 2009. It produced three singles. To promote We Are the Same, the band invited The Hour‘s George Stroumboulopoulos for a live interview at The Bathouse Recording Studio in Bath, Ontario (where most of the album was recorded), and they played seven new songs as well as unique versions of five other songs. The interview and performance were broadcast live in more than eighty theatres across Canada.
On January 22, 2010, the band performed “Fiddler’s Green” at the “Canada for Haiti” telethon to aid earthquake victims in that country. This was broadcast nationally on all three of Canada’s main networks (CBC, Global, and CTV).

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On May 12, 2012, a 90-second clip of the song “At Transformation“, the first single from the band’s new album, premiered during Hockey Night in Canada. The full song premiered on Toronto radio station CFNY-FM (102.1 The Edge) on May 16. The song was released to radio stations on May 17 and was officially released on iTunes on May 18. Band member Johnny Fay revealed that the title for the album is Now for Plan A. The second single, “Streets Ahead,” was released on August 24. The album (their 12th studio album), produced by Gavin Brown, was released on October 2, 2012. The band played several live “Nashville” style shows that week at the Supermarket bar in Kensington market to promote the release of this record. On the evening of October 2, they played a full set to a packed bar with a live webcast through tdsmultimedia to livestream, and an audio simulcast on Sirius XM.
The Tragically Hip re-entered their studio in July 2014 to begin work on a new album. The following October, Fully Completely was re-released as a remastered deluxe edition, including two bonus tracks, a vinyl edition and a recording of a live show.[17] To celebrate and promote the re-release, the band toured Canada and the United States from January to October 2015.[18]

2016–2017

Downie’s diagnosis, summer tour, and death

On May 24, 2016, the band announced that Downie had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.[19] The band also announced that, despite his condition, they would tour that summer.[1]

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The Hip’s thirteenth album, Man Machine Poem, was released on June 17, 2016.[20]

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The final concert of the Man Machine Poem tour[2] was held at the Rogers K-Rock Centre in the band’s hometown of Kingston on August 20, 2016. The concert was attended by Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.[21] The concert was aired by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a live cross-platform broadcast on CBC Television, CBC Radio One, CBC Radio 2, CBC Music, and YouTube.[22] The concert featured 30 songs and three encore sets, with the band finishing with a performance of “Ahead by a Century“.[2]

The CBC’s broadcast and live streaming of the concert, uninterrupted by advertisements, was watched by 11.7 million people (roughly one-third of the Canadian population).[23]

On October 13, 2016, Downie gave an interview, his first since his cancer diagnosis, to CBC’s Peter Mansbridge, in which he reported experiencing memory loss.[24] Downie also told Mansbridge that he was working with the Tragically Hip on new studio material,[24] and that the band have up to four albums worth of unreleased material in the vaults.[24]

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Downie released his fifth solo album, Secret Path on October 18, 2016. The album is a concept album about Chanie Wenjack, a First Nations boy who escaped from a Canadian Indian residential school in 1966 and died while attempting to make the 600 km walk back to his home.[24][25]
On December 22, 2016, Downie was selected as The Canadian PressCanadian Newsmaker of the Year and was the first entertainer ever selected for the title.[26]
On June 15, 2017, all five members of The Tragically Hip were announced as recipients of the Order of Canada by Governor General of Canada David Johnston.[27][28] Downie received his honour on June 19;[27] the other four members of the band were invested on November 17.[29]
The band and the tour are the subjects of Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier‘s documentary film Long Time Running, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.[30] It was slated to have its television premiere in November 2017 on CTV, but following Downie’s death the network moved the broadcast up to October 20.[31]
Gord Downie died of the disease on October 17, 2017.[3] His death was widely mourned throughout Canada.[32] Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is a fan of the Tragically Hip, released a tribute statement on his official website the morning after Downie’s death.[33] Later in the day, he held a press conference at Parliament Hill at which he eulogized Downie as “Our buddy Gord, who loved this country with everything he had—and not just loved it in a nebulous, ‘Oh, I love Canada’ way. He loved every hidden corner, every story, every aspect of this country that he celebrated his whole life.”[34]

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Following Downie’s death, many of the band’s albums climbed the Billboard Canadian Albums chart, which is compiled by Neilsen Music. In the week ending October 19, 2017 (the day following the announcement of Downie’s death), Yer Favourites rose to No. 2 in the chart, with another 10 albums moving to the Top 200. Streaming also increased 700 percent, and many of The Tragically Hip’s top hits remained on the Spotify Canadian Viral 50 as of October 23, 2017.[35]

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2018–present

Activity following Downie’s death

Before his death, Downie indicated in interviews that the band had unreleased material that may still be issued as one or more new albums;[24] when accepting Downie’s posthumous awards at the Juno Awards of 2018, his brothers Patrick and Mike also stated that more unreleased music is likely to be issued in the future.[36]
A National Celebration, a concert film of the Tragically Hip’s final concert, was released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 8, 2017.[37]
In July 2018, guitarist Rob Baker told Entertainment Tonight Canada that the Tragically Hip were no longer active as a touring or recording entity following Downie’s death. He stated “When I say The Tragically Hip doesn’t exist as a performing unit anymore because a key member is gone, I think [fans] understand that. We wouldn’t be The Hip without Gord […] The Hip has played their last note.”[4] Baker also revealed that Downie had encouraged the group to audition replacement vocalists, but the other members did not seriously consider the idea.[4] With the legalization of marijuana in Canada, the remaining band members are now investment partners in Newstrike, a cannabis company which has named several of its products after Tragically Hip songs.[38]
In another July 2018 interview with the Toronto Sun, Baker confirmed that there was at least three albums’ worth of unreleased material recorded with Downie before his death, but stated that the band had yet to decide how it would be released.[39]
On October 11, 2018, six days before the one-year anniversary of Downie’s death, Fay and Baker joined Choir! Choir! Choir! at Yonge-Dundas Square for a live performance of the Tragically Hip’s “Grace, Too“.[40]
On October 17, 2018, one year after Downie’s death, a previously unreleased studio recording of The Tragically Hip’s song “Wait So Long” was played on K-Rock, a radio station in the Band’s hometown of Kingston. [41]

 


Legacy and influence

The Tragically Hip’s music is extremely popular in their native Canada, and Downie’s songwriting has been praised for frequently touching upon uniquely Canadian subjects not otherwise covered by mainstream rock groups.[42] The band is a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism and has worked with them in the past on radio PSAs. [43]

Despite their high popularity in Canada, the group was never able to crossover into the American rock music scene, apart from a small, devoted fanbase centered in border cities like Buffalo, New York and Detroit, Michigan.[44] The band notched four entries on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks singles chart in the US; their highest charting song on the chart being “Courage (for Hugh MacLennan)“, which reached No. 16 in 1993.[45]
Numerous tribute and cover bands actively perform across Canada including the Practically Hip (Toronto), the Fabulously Rich (Charlottetown, N.S.), the 100th Meridian (Saskatoon, Sask.) and Way 2 Hip (Ottawa) and the Artificially Hip (Cambridge, Ont.).[46] The band’s music also provides the score for a full length contemporary ballet: Jean Grand-Maitre’s All of Us.[47]
The band were named as an influence by several Canadian musicians and bands across multiple genres, including Dallas Green,[48] k-os,[48] and Kevin Drew.[49]
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RUSH

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More than 40 million records sold worldwide. Countless sold-out tours. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Officers of the Order of Canada. And that’s all very nice. But for these three guys, it’s all about the music, their friendship, and the fans.

ABOUT

Equal parts Led Zeppelin, Cream and King Crimson, Rush burst out of Canada in the early 1970s with one of the most powerful and bombastic sounds of the decade. Their 1976 magnum opus 2112 represents progressive rock at its grandiose heights, but just a half decade later they had the guts to put epic songs aside in favor of shorter (but no less dynamic) tunes like “Tom Sawyer and “The Spirit of Radio” that remain in constant rotation on radio to this day. Absolutely uncompromising in every conceivable way, the trio has spent the last 40 years cultivating the largest cult fan base in rock while still managing to sell out arenas around the globe.

THE EARLY DAYS

Rush was formed in August 1968 in the Willowdale neighborhood of Toronto. The original lineup included Alex Lifeson on guitar, Jeff Jones on bass and John Rutsey on drums. Jones was soon replaced by Geddy Lee, and, in 1974, after the release of the group’s debut album, Rutsey left and was replaced by Neil Peart (pronounced /ˈpɪərt/). That lineup Lee on vocals, bass and keyboards; Lifeson on guitar, and Peart on drums — has remained stable throughout the years.
The group played around on the Toronto scene for a few years and then, in 1973, released its first single, a cover of Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away.” The record didn’t do well, and the band decided to form its own label, Moon Records. The group released its first album, Rush, in 1974. The album wasn’t faring too well until a Cleveland radio station, WMMS (100.7 FM), added the song “Working Man” to its playlist. The album was then picked up by Mercury Records in the U.S., and sales began to skyrocket.

BREAKTHROUGH

The following year, Rush released two albums, Fly by Night and Caress of Steel. The group’s big breakthrough came the following year with the release of the album 2112. The album featured a 20-minute title track divided into seven sections. It went platinum in Canada, and Rush hit the road, touring the U.S. and Canada. The tour culminated with a three-night stand at Massey Hall in Toronto. The group recorded the shows and released its first live album, All the World’s a Stage, in 1976.
Rush then re-located to the U.K., where the band recorded its next two albums, 1977’s A Farewell to Kings and 1978’s Hemispheres, at Rockfield Studios in Wales. The music on those two albums ventured more in the direction of progressive rock.

As our tastes got more obscure, we discovered more progressive rock—based bands like Yes, Van der Graaf Generator and King Crimson, and we were very inspired by those bands,” said Lee. “They made us want to make our music more interesting and more complex, and we tried to blend that with our own personalities to see what we could come up with that was indisputably us.”

Rush’s popularity continued to soar, and in 1980, with the release of Permanent Waves, the group became one of the most successful bands in the world. The album marked something of a change in the group’s sound. The songs were shorter, and the group’s influences now included reggae and New Wave. Permanent Waves reached the Top Five in the U.S.

MOVING PICTURES

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The following year Rush released Moving Pictures. That album reached Number Three and sold more than four million copies.
With the release of Signals in 1982, Rush’s sound underwent yet another change. Synthesizers were now at the forefront of the group’s music. In addition, the album included Rush’s only Top 40 hit single in the U.S., “New World Man.” The album also expanded the band’s use of ska, reggae and funk.
Through the rest of the Eighties, the band kept a somewhat lower profile, not spending as much time on the road. Even so, its albums continued to go gold or platinum.
With the 1989 album Presto, Rush once again began emphasizing guitar instead of keyboards. The transition from synthesizer to guitar continued with 1993’s Counterparts and 1996’s Test for Echo. After touring to support the latter album, Rush began what amounted to a five-year hiatus in 1997. The layoff was brought on by personal tragedies in Peart’s life.
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THE RETURN

The band returned to the studio and released a new album, Vapor Trails, in 2002. For the first time since the Seventies, Rush did not use a single synthesizer, organ or other keyboard on the album.
To celebrate their 30th anniversary, Rush released Feedback, a studio EP, in June 2004. The recording featured Rush’s covers of eight songs by some of the artists that influenced the group, including Cream, the Who and the Yardbirds. The band also hit the road in the summer of 2004, playing anniversary shows in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
Rush continued recording and touring, releasing the albums Snakes & Arrows in 2007 and Clockwork Angels in 2012.
The group also released a live album, Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland, in 2011. The album was recorded on April 15, 2011, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Clockwork Angels Tour 2012

Following this release, the R40 box set was announced and released on November 11th, 2014. This release commemorated the 40th Anniversary of the release of the band’s self-titled debut album.

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Approximately one year later in 2015, Rush then embarked on the R40 Live Tour, showcasing decade’s worth of material. Following this tour a DVD/Blu-Ray titled R40 Live was released. During this same year, Universal Music Enterprises kicked off their own celebration of the band’s 40th Anniversary by re-issuing all of the Rush albums in Mercury’s catalogue, in chronological order.
Fast forward to the end of 2016 & 2017 and two more important Rush releases were announced: the Time Stand Still Documentary (profiling the R40 Live Tour) and 2112 40th Anniversary. The latter release was issued on various formats to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Rush’s iconic album 2112. Formats released include 2CD/DVD, 3LP and Super Deluxe.
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Nirvana

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Nirvana was an American rock band formed in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. It was founded by lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting and best-known being Dave Grohl, who joined in 1990. Though the band dissolved in 1994 after the death of Cobain, their music maintains a popular following and continues to influence modern rock culture.
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Overall, Nirvana have received twelve awards from twenty-five nominations winning an American Music Award, Brit Award, Grammy Award, seven MTV Video Music Awards and two NME Awards

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Since its debut, the band has sold over 25 million records in the United States alone, and over 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.[2][3] Nirvana has also been ranked as one of the greatest music artists of all time with Rolling Stone placing them at number 27 on their list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” in 2004,[4] and at number 30 on their updated list in 2011.[5] Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, in its first year of eligibility.

1987–1988

Formation and early years

Cobain and Novoselic met while attending Aberdeen High School, although they never connected, according to Cobain.[6] The pair eventually became friends while frequenting the practice space of the Melvins.[7] Cobain wanted to form a band with Novoselic, but Novoselic did not respond for a long period of time. In persuading Novoselic to form a band, Cobain gave him a demo tape of his project Fecal Matter. Three years after the two first met, Novoselic notified Cobain that he had finally listened to the Fecal Matter demo and suggested they start a group. The pair recruited Bob McFadden on drums, but after a month the project fell apart.[8] In early 1987, Cobain and Novoselic recruited drummer Aaron Burckhard.[9] The three practiced material from Cobain’s Fecal Matter tape but started writing new material soon after forming.[10]

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During its initial months, the band went through a series of names, starting with Skid Row and including Fecal Matter and Ted Ed Fred. The group finally settled on Nirvana, which Cobain said was chosen because “I wanted a name that was kind of beautiful or nice and pretty instead of a mean, raunchy punk name like the Angry Samoans“.[11] With Novoselic and Cobain having moved to Tacoma and Olympia, Washington, respectively, the two temporarily lost contact with Burckhard. The pair instead practiced with Dale Crover of the Melvins, and Nirvana recorded its first demos in January 1988.[12] In early 1988, Crover moved to San Francisco but recommended Dave Foster to the band as his replacement on drums.[13] Foster’s tenure with Nirvana lasted only a few months; during a stint in jail, he was replaced by a returning Burckhard, who himself didn’t stay with the band after telling Cobain he was too hungover to practice one day.[14] Cobain and Novoselic put an ad in Seattle music publication The Rocket seeking a replacement drummer, which only yielded unsatisfactory responses. Meanwhile, a mutual friend introduced them to Chad Channing, and the three musicians agreed to jam together. Channing continued to jam with Cobain and Novoselic, although the drummer noted, “They never actually said ‘okay, you’re in,'” and Channing played his first show with the group that May.[15]

1988–1990

Early releases

Nirvana released its first single, a cover of Shocking Blue‘s “Love Buzz“, in November 1988 on the Seattle independent record label Sub Pop.[16] They did their first ever interview with John Robb in Sounds who also made the release single of the week. The following month, the band began recording its debut album, Bleach, with local producer Jack Endino.[17] Bleach was highly influenced by the heavy dirge-rock of the Melvins and Mudhoney, 1980s punk rock, and the 1970s heavy metal of Black Sabbath. Novoselic said in a 2001 interview with Rolling Stone that the band had played a tape in their van while on tour that had an album by The Smithereens on one side and an album by the extreme metal band Celtic Frost on the other, and noted that the combination probably played an influence as well.[18] The money for the recording sessions for Bleach, listed as $606.17 on the album sleeve, was supplied by Jason Everman, who was subsequently brought into the band as the second guitarist. Though Everman did not actually play on the album, he received a credit on Bleach because, according to Novoselic, they “wanted to make him feel more at home in the band”.[19] Just prior to the album’s release, Nirvana insisted on signing an extended contract with Sub Pop, making the band the first to do so with the label.[20]

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Following the release of Bleach in June 1989, Nirvana embarked on its first national tour,[21] and the album became a favorite of college radio stations.[22] Due to increasing differences between Everman and the rest of the band over the course of the tour, Nirvana canceled the last few dates and drove back to Washington. No one told Everman he was fired at the time, while Everman later said that he actually quit the group.[23] Although Sub Pop did not promote Bleach as much as other releases, it was a steady seller,[24] and had initial sales of 40,000 copies.[25] However, Cobain was upset by the label’s lack of promotion and distribution for the album.[24] In late 1989, the band recorded the Blew EP with producer Steve Fisk.[26]

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In a late 1989 interview with John Robb in Sounds, Cobain noted that the band’s music was changing. He said, “The early songs were really angry… But as time goes on the songs are getting poppier and poppier as I get happier and happier. The songs are now about conflicts in relationships, emotional things with other human beings”.[27] In April 1990, the band began working with producer Butch Vig at Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin on recordings for the follow-up to Bleach.[28] During the sessions, Cobain and Novoselic became disenchanted with Channing’s drumming, and Channing expressed frustration at not being actively involved in songwriting. As bootlegs of Nirvana’s demos with Vig began to circulate in the music industry and draw attention from major labels, Channing left the band.[29] That July, the band recorded the single “Sliver” with Mudhoney drummer Dan Peters.[30] Nirvana asked Dale Crover to fill in on drums for a seven-date American West Coast tour with Sonic Youth that August.[31]

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In September 1990, Buzz Osborne of the Melvins introduced the band to Dave Grohl, who was looking for a new band following the sudden break-up of Washington, D.C., hardcore punks Scream.[32] A few days after arriving in Seattle, Novoselic and Cobain auditioned Grohl, with Novoselic later stating, “We knew in two minutes that he was the right drummer”.[33] Grohl later told Q “I remember being in the same room with them and thinking, ‘What? That’s Nirvana? Are you kidding?'” and “Because on their record cover they looked like psycho lumberjacks… I was like, ‘What, that little dude and that big motherfucker? You’re kidding me’. I laughed. I was like, ‘No way'”.[34]

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