It wasn’t all that great of a week for Vanilla Ice. A movie called “Cool as Ice,” in which the rap star made his starring debut, opened at 393 theaters across the U.S. the previous weekend and took in only $638,000, placing it down at #14 among the week’s new releases, nine places below the latest Ernest movie, “Scared Stupid.”
The hottest rock band in the country this week in 1991 was a group called Nirvana, the latest export from the thriving Seattle music scene. The band’s latest album, Nevermind, featured the great lead single “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” a reference to a feminine deodorant spray. MTV News hung out with the bassist then known as Chris Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl to find out the scoop.
“[It’s] Black Sabbath meets the Knack,” Novoselic said of Nirvana’s sound.
“It all started in 1987 in the small costal town of Aberdeen, Washington,” he explained. “We were just jamming in this shack and moved out of town, started playing gigs in Seattle, made a tape, Sub Pop heard it, and the rest just keeps snowballing.”
Sub Pop Records is the Seattle record label which gave Soundgarden their start and also signed Nirvana and released their debut album, Bleach, in 1989. Drummer Dave Grohl joined the band a year later and the trio released their major-label debut, Nevermind, a collection of raw, punkish, guitar-driven rock that took only three weeks to record. The first video was for the song “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” a wild, dark, depraved look at high school featuring audience members from an actual Nirvana show.
“We played a show a couple nights before and we invited everyone to come down and watch us do the video,” Grohl said. “And I don’t know if they knew what to expect, so like 300 kids showed up and just hung out. It was pretty cool.”
“The song can be about anything, really,” Novoselic said. “You put your mind to it. Creativity is such a beautiful human attribute so we just like, leave it to the fans.”
New York rap duo Kid ‘N Play were back in action with a new album called Face the Nation and a new movie, “House Party 2.”
“What we wanted Face the Nation to represent was to equate it with looking in the mirror at yourself, looking at who you are, where you’ve been, and where you’re headed and by what means are you getting there,” said Kid, who was no longer sporting his trademark high-top fade haircut.
As with other rap releases at the time, the new Kid ‘N Play album featured forays into jazz and R&B. The first single was the very catchy “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody.”
“We tried to design it as sort of a weekend anthem,” Kid explained. “I think those are words to live by. I think it epitomizes what Kid ‘N Play is all about. People see us as having fun and goofing around and all of that, but we looked at what we had to do to get to this point.”
“Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody” was also one of the featured songs on the soundtrack to “House Party 2.”
“It looks like a party that you would want to go to,” Kid said of the flick. “You’ve got some great musical performances. It’s so colorful. People got pajamas on. It looks like a rocking party, you just wanna be there. It’s a legal party too. I mean, what could be more exciting than that?”
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