July 24, 2013 11:46

Deluded Nirvana fan writes to Sub Pop to request video message from band

Virginia Tech student wanted Kurt Cobain and band to record message for university football team

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A misguided Nirvana fan has written to Sub Pop requesting that the band record a video message for a university in Virginia.

Despite Nirvana being inactive since 1994 – and the small matter of frontman Kurt Cobain having died the same year – the unnamed fan, who claims to be the mascot for Virginia Tech, wrote to Sub Pop in a letter revealed by the indie label on Tumblr earlier today (July 24). The fan requests that Nirvana "send a quick video" and say: "What up Virginia Tech? This is Nirvana! Just wanted to wish you a Happy Homecoming week and good luck at the game this Saturday. Let's Go Hokies!" The request claims that Nirvana would join Ying Yang Twins and "three famous NFL players" in contributing to the video.

It appears that the sender may not know who Nirvana are, referring to the three-piece band as "her" at one point in the message. A caption accompanying the letter on Sub Pop's Tumblr claims that staff at the label dressed up as Nirvana and recorded the message for the hopeful student.

Meanwhile, Paul McCartney has talked about the "power" of playing with Nirvana's surviving members onstage in Seattle.

McCartney was giving the first ever concert at the city's Safeco Field on Friday (July 19), the city whose grunge scene Nirvana became an integral part of. To mark the occasion, he welcomed Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear on stage during his encore to play 'Cut Me Some Slack', the track they recorded together last year (2012) for Grohl's Sound City film project. The Nirvana trio stayed on to play a selection of Beatles classics with McCartney: 'Get Back', 'Long Tall Sally' [a song The Beatles covered], 'Helter Skelter', 'Golden Slumbers', 'Carry That Weight' and 'The End'.

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