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Grunge not grunge

Last autumn, Boston four-piece Come were over in Spain shooting Radiation, a punk-rock road movie that's half in Spanish and half in English. They got to play a disgruntled American rock band called, er, Come. The first scene in the film has them flying into Madrid and their contact turns up six hours late. On the flight over, the band read the script and thought "Wouldn't it be funny if that happened". But it did. Six months later in Austin, Texas it's almost deja vu for Come. We were given different times for the interview, so they've been sitting outside a venue on the edge of downtown Austin since 10am when I arrive over two hours later. Then they are hauled into soundcheck for their South By Southwest Festival showcase. Predictably enough, the soundcheck has its hitches, and when we all get to sit down in the carpark of the Electric Lounge, it's way beyond lunchtime.

Rock: That's entertainment

Faith No More

Sweetness in Seattle

Since the death of Kurt Cobain, Nirvana's former bass player Krist Novoselic has bided his time. Now he's back in the spotlight, with the post-grunge, latin-tinged, genre-hopping Sweet 75. Who said the party was over in Seattle? By James McNair

Bromide Dublin Castle, London

Apocryphally, bromide tea was given to army privates to slash their sex drives. Given that Simon Berridge's idea of bedroom fun is to beaver away alone in his bedroom, recording his efforts on shaky second- hand four-track recording machines rather than writing bump 'n' grind soul classics, it's tempting to think it's going to be a boring ride.

DINOSAUR JR: Hand It Over

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The great pretender; Interview: Gavin Rossdale

The lead singer of Bush: too coiffed for a rock star, too popular for a rebel ... too old for his date of birth?

We're the Foo Fighters and this is not about Kurt

"HI, we're th' Foo Fighters," says the guy in the red T-shirt. He's not being entirely candid. He may be playing in a cramped student bar, but there are 14 photographers hoping that his hair will spill off his face so they can get a picture. There are more flapping notepads than there are publications that carry music reviews, so I can only assume that Farmer's Weekly has sent someone to elicit his views on crop density. He is Dave Grohl, formerly of Nirvana. Here we are, now entertain us.

MUSIC / Critic's Choice

Belly Ex-Throwing Muses guitarist Tanya Donnelly's outfit returns with more glitter-sprinkled hard pop grooves. New single "Now They'll Sleep" is sure to get an airing.

ARTS / Lives of the Great Songs: A case of rock and roll-on: Smells Like Teen Spirit: Not many anthems are named after a deodorant. In the third extract from our history of the hits, David Cavanagh looks at Nirvana's theme tune

IT WAS the end of 1991. Freddie Mercury had died on 24 November and the year was all set for solemn foreclosure. Nobody expected a rock phenomenon to squeeze in through the little aperture between St Andrew's Day and Christmas. But on 30 Nov-ember, the new singles chart had an extraordinary tale to tell: at No 9, straight in from nowhere, was 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' by Nirvana. A trio of miscreants from America's flaky underbelly had hit serious oil.

ART / Show People: California screaming: L7

THERE'S a song called 'Shirley' on the new L7 album. It's an exhilarating drag-racing anthem in the spirit of Amelia Erhart, wherein the California quartet's characteristic scrawny vocals and brutal guitar riffs vie for supremacy with screaming engines and mangled dialogue from the film Heart Like a Wheel. 'What's a beautiful girl like you doing racing in a place like this?' a sports-track announcer asks the song's heroine with time-honoured condescension. Quick as a tyre blowout, the answer comes back: 'Winning.'

Bottom Line: Chain or errors

TURNING round Debenhams is beginning to look like a piece of cake compared with the task facing John Hoerner, chief executive of Burton Group, at Top Shop, Principles and its other multiple chains. And so far he been forced to learn from his mistakes.

Letter: Kurt Cobain: an appreciation

I AM writing to you concerning the article on the death of Kurt Cobain ('Too good for this world', 10 April). I'd just like to say how well-written and researched I thought it was, unlike other articles that focused on the bad side of Nirvana's history. It was great to see an article clearly written by someone who had great admiration and respect not just for Kurt Cobain, but for the band and the music.

Obituary: Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain, singer, songwriter, band leader: born Aberdeen, Washington 1967; married 1992 Courtney Love (one daughter); died Seattle c7 April 1994.
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