Oblivious Virginia Tech Student Asks Nirvana To Record Video For Homecoming

by
Owen Poindexter
A Virginia Tech student is putting together a video for homecoming. For the campaign, the student is reaching out to all sorts of bands: Slightly Stoopid, the Ying Yang twins…Nirvana. Yes, the seminal teen-angst grunge band Nirvana, who broke up after lead singer Kurt Cobain committed suicide nineteen years ago.

The mascot of Virginia Tech college is putting together a video for his/her candidacy for homecoming (don’t know if that means homecoming king/queen or if you can just win homecoming these days). For the campaign, the student is reaching out to all sorts of bands: Slightly Stoopid, the Ying Yang twins…Nirvana. Yes, the seminal teen-angst grunge band Nirvana, who broke up after lead singer Kurt Cobain committed suicide nineteen years ago.

The student refers to Nirvana, an all-male band, as her, and asks the band that has probably never coexisted at the same time as the student if “Nirvana would send a quick video to us that we could include in our video collage” which would be seen by 30,000+ students during Homecoming Week. The student adds that “Virginia Tech loves Nirvana, we’d love to have her in our video.”

The student suggests a simple video with Nirvana saying the least Kurt Cobain sentence imaginable: “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!”

Why do we know all this? Because the Virginia Tech letter was sent to Nirvana’s old label Sub Pop, who published the letter (names redacted) and promised a “forthcoming” video using the above script, but replacing “HOKIES” with “HOAGIES” or “something like that,” adds Sub Pop, deviousness popping off the page.

The comedy potential of Sub Pop recording something that gets used in Virginia Tech’s video is enormous. For the good of humanity, this needs to happen.


An ambitious college student is hoping for a homecoming from Nirvana, the kings of grunge angst whose frontman, Kurt Cobain, died in 1994. IMAGE: Sub Pop

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