Here we are, at the start of the final year of our lives. Now, whilst the heavens begin to open, traffic lights start to go rogue, and Satan ascends the fire laden stairway, a plethora of good music is set to be released, ready to soundtrack our final moments.
Tonight, the Lemonheads will play their best-loved and most successful album It's A Shame About Ray, front to back in the order it was recorded, to yet another sell-out crowd of 30-something males at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire.
All I want for Christmas is this: I want you to buy one piece of music over the Christmas week, but I want it to be a piece of music that you actually want to own and listen to. If it is by whoever wins X Factor, that's fine; I just probably won't send you a present. But if it's Smells Like Teen Spirit, you don't even get a card.
Pearl Jam are probably the only band I've ever known before they were famous. I had worn out tapes of the demos of their first and second albums months before release, followed them round the UK and US on several tours, drank with them, interviewed the band members many times and regularly written news stories about them for magazines around the world.
OK, so we have had twenty-year anniversaries of Dazed and Confused, The Big Issue, Nirvana's seminal album Nevermind and Frieze this year, which led me to wonder, what the hell was happening in 1991?
Nirvana fans are on a mission to beat the X Factor to the top of the charts this Christmas. They don’t have a primetime television
My first experience of the songs that made up Nevermind came at the Reading festival, where they were sandwiched between the UK grunge of Silverfish and the town's own shoegaze band Chapterhouse. That afternoon I heard Drain You, Smells Like Teen Spirit and Come As You Are and it was obvious that something big was on the horizon.
Untold column inches will rightly be expended this week marking the release twenty years ago of Nirvana's epoch-defining and cosmos-transforming album Nevermind. Rather more inches, I'm willing to bet, than were given over to World Suicide Prevention Day last week.
Facebook has made an apparent U-turn on its controversial ruling over the use of Nirvana's iconic album cover for Nevermind