And Finally

Student requests Nirvana shout out video. Sub Pop provides one

By | Published on Friday 26 July 2013

Sub Pop

Sub Pop’s inbox is a strange and wonderful thing, as are the legendary label’s responses to some of the letters and emails it receives. Earlier this year, for example, the label pretended to sack a member of its customer services team, after complaints about a particularly choice reply.

This week came another classic, quickly posted to the label’s Tumblr blog, in which a student from Virginia Tech requested that Nirvana provide a short video to help her in her bid to become the university’s Homecoming Queen.

Now, you might have spotted a hole in this plan. But, wait, maybe she meant the surviving members of Nirvana. She obviously knew that Kurt Cobain died in 1994. And sure, it’s a long time since they were affiliated with Sub Pop directly, but requesting a thumbs up from Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic would be sort of reasonable, right?

“As Virginia Tech loves Nirvana, we’d love to have her in our video”, the anonymous writer announced. So, you see, that’s… wait, “her”? Oh, right.

Well, not being ones to let someone down, a few members of Sub Pop staff got together and read out the script suggested by the potential Homecoming Queen. And, you know, I’m not sure I can actually tell them apart from the real Nirvana: