Fanboy Jer post #4
Stone Temple Pilots / Pearl Jam / Nirvana
Stone Temple Pilots …so now we enter the grunge phase, like the rest of the world. As much as i love my hair metal, it needed to die as a mass commodity. People always blame Nirvana, I blame the hair bands themselves. Anyway, sorry but the grunge years aren’t nearly as interesting. The only thing I really remember about this is I wrote the letter addressed to Scott Weiland I think…and got a letter from the bass player. I felt bad because you can see all the effort he put into it, including a signed 8x10. He did answer my question as to why they thanked the Rollins Band on their album. Either way, STP fandom was short lived….and i’m glad Robert DeLeo wrote back instead of Weiland, the king of phonies.
Pearl Jam … I am a massive Mother Love Bone fan. So when news came out that Jeff & Stone’s new band were on the way, I was stoked. I bought “Ten” the day it came out, a promo copy actually from the local record store. while this stuff isn’t impressive, I included it to tell a story. That may look like an 8x10 of Pearl Jam, but it was just a glossy flyer. Pearl Jam’s people sent me stacks and stacks of these to give out. I took them to local record stores and left them with the free weeklies and posted them on corkboards. I ended up befriending a guy at Phil’s Records named Charlie and giving him one of these flyers. We talked about Pearl Jam and Mother Love Bone. Soon I was bugging him for a job. I hounded them until they finally hired me in February of 1993. This lead to pretty much everything for me….friends, family, adventure, etc. It carved the adult I would become. It saved my life. I think Pearl Jam would dig that. (btw, Pearl Jam on the ‘Ten’ tour is still the greatest show I have ever seen and I still adore the band furiously.)
Nirvana …i had completely forgot about this one. The entire letter is very Nirvana, including the fun merch order form. Here is where I blew it though, as you can see…the bottom of the page has parts missing. I had cut out Kurt, Chris, & Dave’s autographs and put them in a photo album I kept all that stuff in. I guess the 8.5x11 paper didn’t fit. Although, if it had been kept in tact, it wouldn’t be here…it’d have been sold on ebay. Fun Nirvana story… the first time I heard them was in Phil’s Records (a different location than the one mentioned before). I asked the guy at the counter what was playing, and he said “this is a band called Nirvana. It comes out in a few weeks.” It was “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and it grabbed me like it did the rest of the world. That counter guy would soon become one of the most influential people in my lifetime….from music, to politics, to just learning how to navigate the world.