The Power of Three: Nirvana, Macaulay Culkin, and New Year's Revolutions
Another year, another anniversary.
In lieu of publishing a post today celebrating the third anniversary of the Northeast Underground’s launch date on valleyadvocate.com, I thought I would share three recent videos that run the gamut from entertaining, to historical, and even to complete stupefaction instead.
If you want to catch up on what this blog has been up to over the past three years, please click on one of the archive links to the right of the screen. In 2013 alone, the Underground featured interviews with such musicians as the Dropkick Murphys’ Matt Kelly, The Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd, and more. So catch up already, and then scroll below to enjoy the videos currently on this blog’s radar. And as always, thanks for reading!
Coming fresh on the heels of news that Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, the thought that Kurt Cobain and company still had any surprises up their sleeves was probably far from many fans’ minds. But alas, the ‘90s alt-rock icons were holding on to one more ace. Just this week filmmaker Dave Markey, who directed the documentary “1991: The Year Punk Broke,” posted video from Nirvana’s last Los Angeles concert, which took place on December 30, 1993.
Featuring an electric version of the group’s David Bowie cover “The Man Who Sold the World” as well as a rendition of “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam” dedicated to the late River Phoenix, the video is a great reminder that even that close to the end of its existence Nirvana was still a band well on its way to proving itself worthy of future honors.
Watch footage of Nirvana live in Los Angeles from 1993 here:
Next up, have you ever found yourself wondering what Macaulay Culkin is up to in the present day? Even if the answer to that questions is yes, I’d wager that you’ve never imagined the former child actor has become a member of a Velvet Underground cover band that sings exclusively about pizza. Yes, you read that sentence correctly. But to get the full Pizza Underground experience, watch the video below. Come for the slices, stay for the kazoo solo.
Watch video of Macaulay Culkin and the Pizza Underground performing a medley of pizza-themed Velvet Underground songs here:
Lastly, since we’ve started a new year, we’ve also reached that time when many are struggling to adhere to their new year’s resolutions. Whether the struggle is to stop smoking, lose weight or get more organized, one point remains – change. The start of a new year is like the unveiling of a blank slate, free to be altered in any way one wishes. So good luck with your own resolutions in 2014 everyone. And remember, even if you resolve to do something that is bad for you, it’s still your choice to make. Just ask the kid in this final video. He may not be plotting a revolution so much as planning to increase his own sugar high, but that's his decision.