Today in “Things That Make You Feel Old and Mostly Cynical,” a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed student at Virgina Tech allegedly sent a letter to Sub Pop asking if Nirvana could just, you know, send over a quick video of them spreading some VT love in support of her campaign for homecoming queen. The letter, which Sub Pop posted on their Tumblr, suggests they roll with, “What’s up Virginia Tech? This is Nirvana! Just wanted to wish you guys a Happy Homecoming Week and good luck at the game this Saturday. LETS GO HOKIES!” You know, just something light and breezy to get the kids pumped up. It could even be an iPhone video, the student explains, as “iPhone videos are actually great quality, so if [they] prefer to send [an iPhone video] to make it easier, feel free to text it.”
In exchange for Nirvana’s great feat of cheerleading, they’d be included in a video collage among other really famous people like “Big N Rich, Ying Yang Twins, the Cataracs, Slightly Stoopid and three famous NFL Players,” which would then be distributed to the student body during Homecoming Week. All in all, it’d be great publicity for the band.
So who’s going to break the news that the lead singer’s been dead for nearly 20 years, and one of their songs is called “Rape Me?” (Maybe tip the sender off to DIIV as a possible alternative, as they’re practically the same band, right? Ha.)
Of course, this could all be a stunt to get a good laugh out of the Internet (in which case, well played), but it could also suggest that we’re reaching a turning point where current college students have no real context for 90s signifiers, which means time is moving too fast and we need to figure out a way to stop it asap, please.
My favorite part is the stationary, if that is indeed real: