On April 26, 1989, Nirvana performed at the Vogue in Seattle, Washington. The Flaming Lips and Steel Pole Bath Tub also performed that night. Although most of the set is unknown, Nirvana did perform “School” and “Negative Creep,” as you will read about soon.
A former freelance writer for the Seattle Times, Tom Phalen, recalls: “They demolished the Vogue. There was a lot of shit getting trashed; people throwing stuff everywhere. I just remember a lot of stuff flying. It was wild. Everyone was talking about it for a week, and the buzz was really starting to grown on Nirvana.”
Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne thought Jonathan Poneman was crazy when Poneman told him that out of all the Sub Pop bands, Nirvana were the ones destined to break out. “It was more the metal stuff that they were doing, but they had a couple good songs. I remember thinking Cobain looked like he should be in Lynyrd Skynyrd ’cause he had really long hair and he kind of had a beard. A lot of the music was kind of this dirge metal stuff that didn’t seem that far removed from a lot of the crap metal that was going on. But then they’d have these occasional riffs in songs and we thought, ‘Damn those are some good tunes.’ I remember ‘School’ and ‘Negative Creep’ especially. we laways liked that heavy rock and we liked the punk rock at the same time, everyone talked about teh fusion of classic rock and punk rock, you could walk away singing ‘I’m a negative creep! I’m a negative creep!’ In the end, it just floored us.”
Don’t worry, the Flaming Lips have done pretty well for themselves.