Kids these days: The student mascot at Virginia Tech sent a letter to Sub Pop, Nirvana's onetime label, to ask the Seattle alt-rock band to record a video Homecoming Week message for the school. Apparently the student didn't get the memo that Kurt Cobain, Nirvana's late band leader and the anointed Voice of a Generation, killed himself in 1994. Because she probably wasn't even born yet.
The student is running for Homecoming Queen and says a video message from Nirvana would improve her chances of taking the crown. She says the band would be joining the illustrious ranks of "Big N Rich, the Ying Yang Twins and Slightly Stoopid," and suggested the following message...
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!
Imagine Kurt, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear shouting that into the camera—genius! Perhaps best of all: The student refers to Nirvana as "her" in the letter. Somewhere Courtney Love is positively glowing.
The message, as the unidentified student points out, would also be "great publicity" for Nirvana, as it would be sent to 30,000+ students and posted on YouTube. Since Nirvana is evidently unknown on the Virginia Tech campus, the former Biggest Band in the World should jump at the opportunity. Which is exactly what Sub Pop is doing. On the label's Tumblr, where the student's entire letter was posted (see above, too), Sub Pop said it "dressed up and obliged," and the video is forthcoming. Can't wait!
But is it all a prank? Sub Pop tweeted, "This person could just be pulling an elaborate ruse on us — the joke tables could very well turn." So who knows. But hopefully it results in a cute iPhone video from Grohl (..and perhaps the band's new frontman Paul McCartney). After all, Grohl grew up in suburban Virginia not far from Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus and is known to enjoy a laugh from time to time.