Watch ‘Nirvana’ Play Along With College Mascot’s Clueless Video Request
Virginia Tech homecoming candidate's polite letter to Sub Pop gets its answer
On July 23, Sub Pop said it received an email from a Virginia Tech college mascot asking for a personal video from Nirvana in support of her homecoming-queen candidacy. The email writer referred to Nirvana as a “her” and offered the enticement of appearing alongside Slightly Stoopid and three “famous” NFL players. She even whipped up a sample message for Nirvana to read in the video. The only problem: This innocent young soul showed no sign of knowing Kurt Cobain died more than 19 years ago.
The whole incident has the feel of a prank or a stunt, but all credit to the good people at Sub Pop for keeping it amusing. Derek Erdman, who’s described on the 25-year-old Seattle label’s website as “our friend and front desk receptionist,” posted a video on the night of July 24 delivering the requested personal message. Mudhoney’s Mark Arm appears, and along with the rest of “Nirvana,” he reads the homecoming candidate-cum-mascot’s script, except swapping out “Go Hokies” for “Go Hoagies.” Mmm, sacrilicious.
In a post for Seattle’s the Stranger, Erdman also includes what he says is an iPhone text conversation with the Virginia Tech student. He asked her to send a link to the full homecoming video once it’s ready. The response: “Of course vt loves you guys! And will do!”
The most priceless part of all of this is perhaps occasional music writer Jason Josephes’ playfully conspiracy-minded comment on the post: “A hoagie is also called a hero. Dave Grohl wrote a song called ‘My Hero.’ Coincidence?” Where is that Grohl fella in all this, anyway?