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 Everett True

What I did last night instead of seeing Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks play live

What I did last night instead of seeing Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks play live

I watched a few episodes from season 3 of The West Wing and thought, not for the first time, this is the cast of Friends moved to the White House. I wondered whether there was even the remotest possibility Stephen and his band could be even a 10th as good as this cover version would indicate – and […]

 Everett True

What I did tonight instead of seeing Foo Fighters play live

What I did tonight instead of seeing Foo Fighters play live

First, I do not believe a bad live review affects a band’s sales or reputation. Certainly not a band the size of Foo Fighters, able to play Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium (capacity 52, 500). If anything, a bad review helps shore up the fans – they can unite in their condemnation of the idiot fuckhead’s opinion, possibly […]

 Everett True

In Search of Nirvana: Why Nirvana: The True Story Could Never Be ‘True’

In Search of Nirvana: Why Nirvana: The True Story Could Never Be ‘True’

In my book Nirvana: The True Story (2006), I undertake an autoethnographical approach to biography, attempting to impart an understanding of my chosen subject—the rock band Nirvana—via discussion of my own experiences. On numerous occasions, I veer off into tangential asides, frequently using extensive footnotes to explain obscure musical references. Personal anecdotes are juxtaposed with […]

 Everett True

Smells like industry manure | 30 terrible versions of Teen Spirit

Smells like industry manure | 30 terrible versions of Teen Spirit

Vote for your least favourite. 1. Olivia Lawson Is she crying? Please God, tell me she isn’t crying. 2. Daniel Johns Once a smug self-congratulatory Chris Martin wannabe twathead, always a smug self-congratulatory Chris Martin wannabe twathead. 3. Miley Cyrus She rocks like Courtney Love. 4. Imagine Dragons …because Nirvana always were a crap metal […]

 Everett True

The return of Everett True | 115. deux furieuses

The return of Everett True | 115. deux furieuses

My theory has always been that mediocre music – when framed correctly – can influence good, or even great music. The group I always cite here is Jesus And Mary Chain, which is somewhat unfair seeing as how they only turned into a self-parody after the second album, which is two more good albums than most manage. […]

 Everett True

The people have spoken | The greatest band of the grunge era

The people have spoken | The greatest band of the grunge era

Grunge began in 1990 when my previous girlfriend broke my heart by leaving me for some bloke she met on a railway station in Germany. Grunge finished in 1996 when I met the woman who would become my future wife. (In between I went out with a woman who – by being my grunge girlfriend – […]

 Everett True

The return of Everett True | the 10 most read entries in 2014 so far

The return of Everett True | the 10 most read entries in 2014 so far

I like this doing this, occasionally. I do wish Collapse Board had a few more readers so these results weren’t so skewed by friends of the bands, but there again… Here are the 10 most read entries in my return to Song of the Day in 2014 so far, as evidenced by Google Analytics. I’ll […]

 LeeA

5 Seconds of Summer – s/t (Capitol)

5 Seconds of Summer – s/t (Capitol)

(And before you protest – “But Lee, how dare you bash pop music” – I direct you to this. Read it and weep, you smug little louts.) Any 20-something American probably recalls the irrepressible refrain from Fall Out Boy rebounding down their school halls – “down, down, in an earlier round, / sugar we’re going […]

 Everett True

The return of Everett True | 8. Makthaverskan

The return of Everett True | 8. Makthaverskan

All music reminds me of the past. How can it not? The comments underneath this clip of music mention variously The Cure, Nirvana, The Cranberries, punk, post-punk, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, jangle pop… and I will throw in a guess at them being Scandinavian, probably with a couple of boy members. This goes to […]

 Everett True

The return of Everett True | 6. Nirvana ft. Kim Gordon

The return of Everett True | 6. Nirvana ft. Kim Gordon

Lorde supplied one of the performances of the night for me. The other is this, perhaps not so surprisingly. It was always a glorious live song. Kim’s dancing and singing and enthusiasm is intoxicating. It’s totally unprofessional the way she slips over like Robert Pollard, but this lack of professionalism is why it’s such an enthralling, […]

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