Grunge Legend Allegedly Called Foo Fighters ‘New Nirvana’


Kurt Cobain’s friend John Purkey has uploaded a new video discussing Foo Fighters.

“So Nate Mendel. Now Nate, I know Nate from a band he was in called Christ on a Crutch. Actually before that too, Diddley Squat, I have a Diddly Squat demo tape, and I put it on my page so you can listen to this band that Nate was in when he was 15 or 16 years old. Diddley Squat used to play at a [local theater]. I went on tour with Christ on a Crutch, Nate is a really sweet guy, really nice guy.

I remember one night, it probably would have been 1995 or 1996, I ran into him and it was before Foo Fighters started, or they were just starting. I ran into Nate at the Java Jibe in Tacoma, and he told me that he’s going to be playing bass in what’s basically the new Nirvana. I’m like, ‘What are you talking about?’ He explained it to me, and they were looking for a drummer. So of course I was like, ‘Yeah, awesome. Let me know.’ I think he said that they already had somebody, but if anything changes he’d let me know.

So yeah, Nate was living in Tacoma back then. Also, if you don’t know Sunny Day Real Estate, which you probably do if you like the Foo Fighters. I’m not a big Foo Fighters fan, I like the first couple records.”

  • Trovoid

    I’d say this guy is bullshitting with all of the stories but he actually has a lot of proof and knowledge to back them up. There is a lot of strange, random content on his channel though. I wonder why he decided to share the stories now?

    • FM KC

      I was wondering the same thing, why now? I noticed he uploads about ten videos a week, I could only assume he is trying to monetize some old memories. He did say in one video that he had sold a handwritten note from Kurt because he needed to. At least he is being honest about it.

      • Trovoid

        He seems like a pretty honest dude. I’m not sure what to make of his paranormal experience or his thoughts on Soaked in Bleach though. Interesting stuff nonetheless.