Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 18th, 1990): Photos

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Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts : Photos

On April 18th 1990, Nirvana performed at ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts. JJ Gonson was there to record the scene as fewer than 100 people watched the band. The show was introduced by Boston DJ , who also recorded things. You can hear 23-year-old Chad Channing on drums .

On April 22, 1989, Nirvana spoke with Hanmi Hubbard, a 17-year-old reporter on the Current, Green River Community College’s student newspaper. Hanmi sat in Kurt and Tracy’s living room in Olympia.

Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 18th, 1990): Photos

> Kurt Cobain: Basically I was a rocker-stoner. And then I got into punk rock, and now I’m into both.

> Jason Everman: I was a rocker. Then I was a punker. Then I was an . . . idiot. Well, I was always an idiot.

> Kurt Cobain: We’ve just always had identity crises. We don’t belong!

> Jason Everman: Just don’t fit.

> Has anyone approached you with like a major record deal? Or a large indie label?

Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 18th, 1990): Photos

> Jason Everman: There’s pretty much a full-scale bidding war going on right now that we can’t really talk about.

> Chad Channing: Nor will we say it . . . for just the change in their pocket.

> Where’d you get the band name from?

> Kurt Cobain: It sounded good, I dunno . . . You see, I was in the middle of transcendental meditation, and I spiraled up to the ceiling, and I said, “Nirvana!” and sparks came from my belly button.Jason Everman: Wow, it was excellent, I was there —

> Chris Novoselic: Damaged eyes.

Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 18th, 1990): Photos

> Chad Channing: It’s everybody’s day off.

> Chris Novoselic: We never practice — that’s something you oughta know, we don’t practice.

> Jason Everman: I wouldn’t say we don’t practice. I practice to a tape all the time.

> Kurt Cobain: Yeah, we all practice in our rooms to the tape.

> Jason Everman: That’s a serious answer. It is! It’s what we do.

Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 18th, 1990): Photos

> Kurt Cobain: I think the reason we don’t practice is —

> Chris Novoselic: When we play I get pissed at myself that I should practice more.

> Jason Everman: In a way it’s good we don’t practice because we don’t really get sick of the songs.

> Kurt Cobain: The songs are so repetitious and easy it’s . . . it’s easy to get tired of them.

> Jason Everman: Yeah, when we play ’em live they’re still fun to play. That’s the problem with a lot of bands that practice five times a week, they just get totally burned on the songs and —

Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 18th, 1990): Photos

> Kurt Cobain: It’s like déjà vu, “Oh yeah, these songs . . .”

> Chris Novoselic: Maybe that’s why it’s exciting, if we’re supposed to be exciting to see, I guess.

Why’d you name the album Bleach?

> Kurt Cobain: Well, I don’t —

> Chris Novoselic: We were cruising around the Bay Area —

Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 18th, 1990): Photos

> Kurt Cobain: With bronchitis.

> Chad Channing: Yeah, getting sick.

> Jason Everman: With Bruce Pavitt.

> Kurt Cobain: And Bruce suggested Bleach.

> Chris Novoselic: It was fucking weird too.

Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 18th, 1990): Photos

> Chad Channing: We were all delirious and sick and sad.

> Jason Everman: We had “Merciful Fate” going on the stereo.

> Kurt Cobain: Bruce took advantage of us having bronchitis and talked us into calling it Bleach.

> Chris Novoselic: No, really, we drove to San Jose for nothing.

> Jason Everman: For nuthin’! It was hot.

Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 18th, 1990): Photos

> Chad Channing: Well actually it’s cool though — I like it.

> Kurt Cobain: It’s a cool name.

> Jason Everman: It’s catchy.

> Chad Channing: It can stand for almost anything you want it to say.

> Kurt Cobain: Cleaning out your needles — and acid wash.

Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 18th, 1990): Photos

> Jason Everman: Acid wash. We get lots of free advertising on TV and everywhere else.

> Chris Novoselic: You sterilize things with bleach, y’know.

> Kurt Cobain: I was just going to say I don’t particularly like people that wear acid wash clothes, that’s all.

> Jason Everman: Especially if they’re in Celtic Frost.

> Chad Channing: Yeah . . . yeah.

Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 18th, 1990): Photos

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Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts : Photos

On April 18th 1990, Nirvana performed at ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts. JJ Gonson was there to record the scene as fewer than 100 people watched the band. The show was introduced by Boston DJ , who also recorded things. You can hear 23-year-old Chad Channing on drums .

Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 18th, 1990): Photos

On April 22, 1989, Nirvana spoke with Hanmi Hubbard, a 17-year-old reporter on the Current, Green River Community College’s student newspaper. Hanmi sat in Kurt and Tracy’s living room in Olympia.

> Kurt Cobain: Basically I was a rocker-stoner. And then I got into punk rock, and now I’m into both.

> Jason Everman: I was a rocker. Then I was a punker. Then I was an . . . idiot. Well, I was always an idiot.

> Kurt Cobain: We’ve just always had identity crises. We don’t belong!

> Jason Everman: Just don’t fit.

Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 18th, 1990): Photos

> Has anyone approached you with like a major record deal? Or a large indie label?

> Jason Everman: There’s pretty much a full-scale bidding war going on right now that we can’t really talk about.

> Chad Channing: Nor will we say it . . . for just the change in their pocket.

> Where’d you get the band name from?

> Kurt Cobain: It sounded good, I dunno . . . You see, I was in the middle of transcendental meditation, and I spiraled up to the ceiling, and I said, “Nirvana!” and sparks came from my belly button.Jason Everman: Wow, it was excellent, I was there —

Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 18th, 1990): Photos

> Chris Novoselic: Damaged eyes.

> Chad Channing: It’s everybody’s day off.

> Chris Novoselic: We never practice — that’s something you oughta know, we don’t practice.

> Jason Everman: I wouldn’t say we don’t practice. I practice to a tape all the time.

> Kurt Cobain: Yeah, we all practice in our rooms to the tape.

Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 18th, 1990): Photos

> Jason Everman: That’s a serious answer. It is! It’s what we do.

> Kurt Cobain: I think the reason we don’t practice is —

> Chris Novoselic: When we play I get pissed at myself that I should practice more.

> Jason Everman: In a way it’s good we don’t practice because we don’t really get sick of the songs.

> Kurt Cobain: The songs are so repetitious and easy it’s . . . it’s easy to get tired of them.

Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 18th, 1990): Photos

> Jason Everman: Yeah, when we play ’em live they’re still fun to play. That’s the problem with a lot of bands that practice five times a week, they just get totally burned on the songs and —

> Kurt Cobain: It’s like déjà vu, “Oh yeah, these songs . . .”

> Chris Novoselic: Maybe that’s why it’s exciting, if we’re supposed to be exciting to see, I guess.

Why’d you name the album Bleach?

> Kurt Cobain: Well, I don’t —

Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 18th, 1990): Photos

> Chris Novoselic: We were cruising around the Bay Area —

> Kurt Cobain: With bronchitis.

> Chad Channing: Yeah, getting sick.

> Jason Everman: With Bruce Pavitt.

> Kurt Cobain: And Bruce suggested Bleach.

Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 18th, 1990): Photos

> Chris Novoselic: It was fucking weird too.

> Chad Channing: We were all delirious and sick and sad.

> Jason Everman: We had “Merciful Fate” going on the stereo.

> Kurt Cobain: Bruce took advantage of us having bronchitis and talked us into calling it Bleach.

> Chris Novoselic: No, really, we drove to San Jose for nothing.

Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 18th, 1990): Photos

> Jason Everman: For nuthin’! It was hot.

> Chad Channing: Well actually it’s cool though — I like it.

> Kurt Cobain: It’s a cool name.

> Jason Everman: It’s catchy.

> Chad Channing: It can stand for almost anything you want it to say.

Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 18th, 1990): Photos

> Kurt Cobain: Cleaning out your needles — and acid wash.

> Jason Everman: Acid wash. We get lots of free advertising on TV and everywhere else.

> Chris Novoselic: You sterilize things with bleach, y’know.

> Kurt Cobain: I was just going to say I don’t particularly like people that wear acid wash clothes, that’s all.

> Jason Everman: Especially if they’re in Celtic Frost.

Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 18th, 1990): Photos

> Chad Channing: Yeah . . . yeah.

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Nirvana Play ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 18th, 1990): Photos

On April 18th 1990, Nirvana performed at ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts. JJ Gonson was there to record the scene as fewer than 100 people watched the band. The show was introduced by Boston DJ , who also recorded things. You can hear 23-year-old Chad Channing on drums .

On April 22, 1989, Nirvana spoke with Hanmi Hubbard, a 17-year-old reporter on the Current, Green River Community College’s student newspaper. Hanmi sat in Kurt and Tracy’s living room in Olympia.

> Kurt Cobain: Basically I was a rocker-stoner. And then I got into punk rock, and now I’m into both.

> Jason Everman: I was a rocker. Then I was a punker. Then I was an . . . idiot. Well, I was always an idiot.

> Kurt Cobain: We’ve just always had identity crises. We don’t belong!

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