Nirvana, Motorsports International Garage, Seattle 1990.
“I didn’t take that many color pictures back then but I really love this one. One day I’m going to eventually do my Nirvana book and I’d love the whole book to be black and white except to use this one as the frontispiece. It really sums up the energy dynamics of a Nirvana show. It [has] this random, almost electrical, sparking going on. Someone else’s flash went off so you see ghost images. Kurt’s doing his pacing back and forth with his back to the audience, which he did a lot of. And then with the beer can down in front, that’s Mark arm [of Mudhoney]. With the blonde dreads that’s Joe Newton from Gas Huffer.” - Charles Peterson
COVER FRIDAY: Knife Manual performed by Gas Huffer - I remember the time when I was rummaging through a pile of used CD’s in a music store in Kenmore Square. I had been on a major Mudhoney kick, and I pulled up a disc single with Mudhoney donning kung-fu outfits on the cover. I thought this was gold, but I had never heard of the band featured on the other side.
Gas Huffer was the mystery band, also hailing from Washington state and featuring Tom Price formerly of seminal Seattle punk band The U-Men. The single was a split with Mudhoney covering You Stupid Asshole by the Angry Samoans and Gas Huffer covering Knife Manual by Silly Killers*. While both are awesome covers, Knife Manual is actually has a rather catchy guitar riff and a solid tune.
*Silly Killers were a short-lived early 80’s Seattle punk band notable for the fact that Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses fame was a member of the band.