Billboard Bits: Moore/Nirvana, Bowling For Soup & More
News on Thurston Moore/Nirvana, Bowling For Soup & MoreSonic Youth guitarist/vocalist Thurston Moore has penned the liner notes for the highly anticipated Nirvana boxed set "With the Lights Out," due Nov. 23 via DGC/Universal. Late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was an admitted Sonic Youth fanatic; the two bands' 1991 European tour is chronicled on the following year's home video "1991: The Year That Punk Broke."
Moore's notes will appear in the boxed set's 60-page booklet, featuring unpublished photos and an indepth chronology. Although it appears no specific track will be worked to U.S. radio outlets as a single, stations are expected to receive a five-song sampler of tracks from the 81-track collection.
As for Sonic Youth, the group plays Mexico City tomorrow (Oct. 21) in the run up to this weekend's Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, Calif.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Bowling For Soup has covered the well-known theme to 1960s sitcom "Gilligan's Island" for the forthcoming TBS reality series "The Real Gilligan's Island." The Texas-based band has also shot a video for the song that will be seen on the cable channel as well as in promotional efforts for the show.
Producers of "The Real Gilligan's Island" have filled the roles of original cast -- a skipper, a millionaire couple, a professor, etc. -- with real life versions of each. They will work together to get off an island after being placed in situations that mirror plots of the sitcom.
Bowling For Soup's latest Silvertone/Jive album, "A Hangover You Don't Deserve," debuted earlier this month at No. 37 on The Billboard 200. It has sold 77,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. First single "1985" is No. 34 on the Hot 100 and No. 14 on the Top 40 Mainstream airplay chart.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Thrash metal act Lamb Of God will release a DVD next year featuring performances from its sold-out Oct. 16-17 shows at Philadelphia's Trocadero nightclub. Footage from throughout its ongoing tour in support of "Ashes of the Wake" (Prosthetic/Epic) will also be included on the disc.
"There is no better time or place," drummer Chris Adler says on the band's official Web site, calling the current outing "the best show we ever have ever been able to put together."
The band is in the midst of a co-headlining run with Fear Factory that stops tonight (Oct. 20) in Tampa, Fla., and runs through a Nov. 15 show in Myrtle Beach, S.C. A two-week U.K. tour will kick off Nov. 29 in Oxford, England.
Released in September, "Ashes of the Wake" debuted at No. 27 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 85,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.