Apparently, at the Grammys on Sunday night, a Grammy award was given to Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear, and Dave Grohl, collectively known as “Sirvana”. They won a Grammy for best rock song, or something. As a huge Nirvana fan, I’m glad that Krist and Pat could get some time in the spotlight, but I don’t much care for “Sirvana.”
It all started horribly when they decided to get together and make a song with Paul McCartney for the Hurricane Sandy Relief concert at Madison Square Garden. The reasoning was very admirable. They were using their celebrity to raise money for a good cause. It went downhill as soon as Paul McCartney hit the studio and had no idea who these other people were. Billboard quoted him saying:
“I didn’t really know who they were,” he reportedly said. “They are saying how good it is to be back together. I said: ‘Whoa? You guys haven’t played together for all that time?’
“And somebody whispered to me: ‘That’s Nirvana. You’re Kurt.’ I couldn’t believe it.”
This, to me, is a lack of respect to Nirvana and Nirvana fans. You can’t blame Paul, though. He’s been really busy making some really awful music. So, you can forgive him for not knowing about a band who completely changed the face of music. It’s like if Nirvana didn’t know who the Beatles were. Everyone knows who the Beatles are, and everyone knows who Nirvana is, except, of course, the person 3/4 of them just won a Grammy with. That makes sense.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, McCartney tried to backtrack his earlier ignorance saying:
Asked about future collaborations with the Nirvana members, McCartney said, “You never know. They really are great to play with. They were a great band with Kurt. That’s what I experienced – just playing with a really good band, which is a very special thing. I should know.”
Another reason I can’t get behind “Sirvana” is that it seems so contrived. I’m glad they didn’t cover any Nirvana songs, but I am not interested in them recording new songs, either.