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    I was curious to know if anyone knew what the story is about Murph? I know he played in Hellride East with J and Mike Watt a year ago, but they said that was his first time playing with J in 7 years. It looks J played most the instruments on Greenmind but then got Murph back for Where You Been and then he’s gone on the last two Dinosaur albums. Does Murph have his own musical projects or is he just doing other stuff? I never saw any explanation of what happened to him.

    While I’m at it – on the Hand It Over album there’s a guy listed as Kurt Fedora who plays bass on "Alone". Someone told me that Kurt Cobain sometimes would go by this moniker. Does anyone know if Kurt Fedora is actually Kurt Cobain? I think it would be cool if Cobain made a stealth appearance on J’s album.




    I dont know wot happened to Murph, but if Kurt Fedora is Kurt Cobain, then Cobain is the living dead. He popped himself almost 10 yrs ago! Hand it over came out on 97’… [img]images/smiles/converted/cool.gif[/img]



    Murph played drums on the Lemonheads album Car Button Cloth from around ’96 I think. Probably did some touring too. That’s about all I know.



    As far as I can remember, Kurt shot himself dead in April 94, three years before HIO was released.
    Nothing I could tell you about Murph though.



    The name "Hand it Over" suggests the songs may have been sitting around for awhile… It was on a major label, which wouldn’t be in a hurry to put the disc out, so it wouldn’t be surprising if there was a delay of a year or so before Reprise put it out after J had handed it all over.

    It says 1996 Spam the bread Music, so the album was finished at least as early as 96. So it seems easily possible that he may have gotten started around ’94 when Kurt Cobain was still alive.

    I’m just saying it seems feasible…

    Thanx Maxini for the Murph info!




    kurt feodora is NOT kurt cobain, that´s for sure, i think he´s some boston based singer-songwriter, but i´m not too sure on this one.
    he has appeared on several dino albums, i think, way back during green mind. mike johnsons mentions him during some stage anouncement on the bootleg monsters eat orpheum. i´m not too sure about murph, i know he has played or still plays in a band called SWISH, they´re not too bad, the music is a little weird, but you can certainly hear murph´s drum style, which is always a good thing. murph also plays on steve westfield and the slow band´s reject me first album, alongside with lou barlow (the first time they have played together since the dinosaur days).
    it´s a good record.



    Kurt Fedora has, besides working with J, played in Gobblehoof, Wank Factor 7 and has played with Mark Lanegan and Steve Westfield. Since Kurt Fedora is still alive and kicking. And Kurt Coban, alas, isn’t. I guess it’s fair to say they’re not the same person [img]images/smiles/converted/wink.gif[/img]
    as for murph, I think he released a single last year, titled I Like The Way. Not 110 percent sure though.

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    Check out the ‘B’ side to the start choppin’ single(UK) called ‘turnip farm’… J and Kurt F wrote it. Kurt plays ‘leftside rythym guitar’!! and bass, J plays the rest.
    One of my favorite J tunes… amazing!!!



    Turnip farm is a cracking track, as is the other b-side on that funny little picture disc.

    I can’t believe that there is already a band called wank factor 7 – I was gonna call my band that….



    Thanks again for all the Murph info. I’ll have to check out some of those bands.

    I just found a Mike Watt diary entry from ’98 about "Wank Factor 7 and Rising". J was involved and it was definitely fronted by some guy named Kurt. He has some good descriptions of the band.

    Take a look here:
    Mike Watt’s hootpage

    Also, I noticed Kurt Fedora is on Drawerings on the Martin & Me album and that is definitely a live acoustic appearance from around 1995 when J did some solo acoustic shows. I saw him do one of those at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor and it was really good. It was just J though. It was cool to see J at a really small venue just playing acoustically. The set was similar to what appears on Martin & Me. Some of the songs on there might be from that show but it doesn’t say. Does anyone have the info about what performances are on there?

    Anyway, I guess that kills all the Kurt Fedora/Cobain theories, or at least someone else decided to pretend to be Kurt Fedora after Cobain died. [img]images/smiles/converted/biggrin.gif[/img]

    Maybe I can revive some "Paul is dead" rumors instead.




    I know that some of the tracks on Martin and Me were recorded in London as I saw a news article about it – however, it didn’t list all the ins and outs of which songs and which venues. I guess the details must be somewhere in the Reprise vaults…….


    chris c.

    hey- a quick note about the kurt fedora thing- i met him at a new haven (toads place) show back in ’97 on the hio tour. it was his birthday and he was starting his own mosh pit when j plays the infamous 11 minute version of what else is new. it ws also the first time i saw j and mike smile- they were laughing. still one of the best shows i have ever seen. has j ever played turnip farm or forget it live? [img]images/smiles/converted/eek.gif[/img]

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