Remembering Kurt Cobain: 10 Nirvana Facts

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana passed away 24 years ago today.

Cobain, alongside bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, took the music world by storm as Nirvana. The group’s three studio albums, live releases and more have sold over 75 million copies worldwide, with 25 million of those in the United States alone.

Kurt’s body wasn’t found until April 8 when an electrician came to the house to install a security system and spotted the body. There was a gunshot to the head that was ruled a suicide.

To honour the late rock star, we’ve compiled ten facts about Nirvana you might not have know about the band:

10. The baby on the cover of Nevermind was almost a girl

The band’s record label insisted on a certain, um… appendage making the artwork.

9. Kiss appears on the back cover of Nevermind

…In doll form. Kurt was a big fan of the band growing up.

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The Ramones Play First Show EVER!

Two years before their debut album came out, the Ramones were just starting to shape their sound.

The band played its first show on March 30, 1974… even though it wasn’t a proper concert. The Ramones used a rehearsal space on Manhattan’s East 20th Street (aka Performance Studios) to play an intimate show to friends and associates.

Joey Ramone was playing drums then–it wasn’t until Tommy Erdelyi joined the band on percussion that Joey could step into the spotlight.

Erdelyi was actually AT that first show 44 years ago–talk about a brush with fate!

To celebrate this occasion, take a look at a Ramones performance from 1978 to fully get in the spirit, and let us know your earliest memory of the band in the comments below!

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The 20 Essential Piano Songs

Elton John is celebrating a big birthday today! The legendary singer turns 70.

John is still going strong–he released his latest album, Wonderful Crazy Night, last year to rave reviews from Rolling Stone, The Independent, and The Guardian.

Elton is not only recognized by his powerful pipes, but he’s known for his piano prowess. The Red Piano was a tour that started with a Las Vegas residency featuring the signature scarlet grand piano seen above.

To honour the man behind the keys, we’re counting down our Top 20 favourite songs featuring the piano.  Did your favourite make the list? Let us know in the comments below!

20. The Beatles – Hey Jude

19. Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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The Beatles’ Please Please Me Released 55 Years Ago Today!

The world’s most successful band of all-time, The Beatles, was on the cusp of greatness 55 years ago today!

The debut studio album from the group was unleashed to the United Kingdom after Beatlemania started spreading throughout the country.

With hits like the title track and “Love Me Do”, The Beatles were becoming a household name faster than they could anticipate. Less than two months after its release, Please Please Me went to #1 and stayed there for 30 weeks–only to be replaced by the band’s next effort, With The Beatles.

A mix of original and cover songs, Please Please Me showcased each of the Fab Four’s vocals, with every member taking lead vocals at some point of the album (including Ringo Starr’s first lead vocal slot on “Boys”.)

Historian/mega-fan Mark Lewisohn stated the whole album took less than 10 hours to record (585 minutes to be exact.) The due diligence at which the band could churn out tunes amazed producer George Martin, who said: “I don’t know how they do it. We’ve been recording all day but the longer we go on the better they get.”

Here are nine other fun facts about the album:

1. Twist and Shout, a cover of the Phil Medley and Burt Russell song, was the last track recorded for the album. John Lennon had a cold on recording day and Martin feared the song would ruin Lennon’s voice for the rest of the takes.

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2. £400, or £10,000 as of 2013, is what the total session time cost. Each Beatle was paid £7.50 for each of the three three-hour sessions.

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42 Years of Kiss’ Destroyer

The album that propelled Kiss into super-stardom, Destroyer, turns 42 this week!

From the enchanting ballad “Beth” to the amplifying headbanger “God of Thunder”, Kiss touched many different genres and infused multiple styles of music to create a sound entirely their own.

But while the album sold millions of copies worldwide and contains a handful of karaoke favourites, there may be some facts about the album you don’t know. We collected five of them to celebrate the four decades we’ve spent rocking out to Destroyer!

1. “Detroit Rock City” is based on a true story

Paul Stanley wrote the song after he found out a fan died outside of an arena Kiss was playing at (he was struck by a car.)

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