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Here’s a rare video clip from when Nirvana, then a relatively unknown band, played at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ. Maxwell’s is a cozy club/pub co-owned by Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley. (Editor’s Note: MethodShop was based in Hoboken from 1998-2013).
Who Are The Band Members In The Nirvana Maxwell’s Video?
At the time this video was recorded, 07/13/1989, Nirvana consisted of Jason Everman (guitar), Chad Channing (drums), Krist Novoselic (bass) and of course Kurt Cobain. Dave Grohl didn’t join the band until 1990. Yes, he was in Nirvana before the Foo Fighters. I’m always amazed by how many people don’t know that.
A Very Bad Quality Nirvana Video
Don’t expect an HD-quality concert video. Don’t forget that this incredibly rare Nirvana Hoboken video was captured back in 1989. It was probably digitized from an old VHS tape someone found in the bottom of a damp box in their basement. So, don’t expect much in the way of quality.
The video lasts around 10 minutes and shows the cameraman’s trip from Manhattan to Hoboken on the Path train. Check out the people on the train. Gotta love those giant greasy late 1980s and early 1990s hairstyles. Even Kurt Cobain had giant hair at the time.
Nirvana Maxwell’s Hoboken: Setlist
Here’s another video of the show. It’s about 20 minutes long and includes the following songs. You might recognize some of Nirvana’s future hit songs like “About A Girl” in the setlist.
- 0:02 School (cuts in)
- 0:43 Floyd The Barber
- 2:54 Love Buzz (cuts in)
- 6:35 About A Girl
- 9:17 Scoff (cuts in)
- 13:34 Spank Thru
- 16:51 Blew (cuts in)
About The Venue: Maxwell’s Hoboken
As you can see, the camera is really close to the stage a gets some good shots of Kurt and the rest of the band. Like I mentioned above, Maxwell’s is “cozy” bar, meaning small. To get a better feel of how big Maxwell’s is, watch Bruce Springsteen’s 1985 video for “Glory Days.” The bar scenes were shot at Maxwell’s.
From Bars To Arenas: The Rise Of Nirvana
And to think, 4 years later they would grace the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine and play sold-out arenas. Quite the improvement from a tiny bar in Hoboken, NJ.
Personally I’m not a huge Nirvana fan. I’ll take Alice In Chains or Mudhoney any day over Nirvana. But you have to respect them. Since Nirvana’s debut, the band has sold over 50 million albums worldwide. Hey, someone has to pay for all of Courtney Love’s plastic surgery.
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Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.