It may or may not be surprising to find out that both terms Kinderwhore and Riot Grrrl originated in conversations about my life between Kurt Cobain and myself.
Kurt came up with the band name Amy Carter and the idea for a zine “I [Heart] Amy Carter”. The band members consisted of Tammy Rae, Kathleen Hanna, and Heidi Aborgast.
We were discussing former President Jimmy Carter who’s home state is Georgia, same as my adopted mother’s. I told him Amy Lynn Carter and I shared not only a first name and middle initial, but we also both have red hair. (origin for stagename Amy Lynn)
In 1991 Nirvana released the song On A Plain written in reference to President Jimmy Carter’s home town of Plains, Georgia.
(Left, young Amy Lynn Carter, fourth daughter of U.S. President Jimmy Carter)
(Bottom Right, Amy Lee, January 1976 on 8th Birthday)
With the release of Nirvana’s 20th Anniversary Edition of Nevermind, I thought fans would like to know where the title “Nevermind” came from.
The first song Joe Elliott and I worked on together was Pour Some Sugar On Me in May of ’83. After discussing how much I loved Aerosmith’s ’75 Toys In The Attic album (Toys In The Attic being a euphemism for insanity which I used in Sweet Sacrifice “It’s true, we’re all a little insane“), we discussed my favorite songs off the album and how I would use it in a song.
“Step inside, WALK THIS WAY”
I always liked to draw connections between songs I wrote. The next would be the ’84 song Sugar Walls performed by Scottish born Sheena Easton. Prince was allowed to claim the song under the pseudonym “Alexander NEVERMIND”. This happened after I wrote all the songs for his ’84 Purple Rain album and gave him the idea for the movie.
There is actually a rumor that Prince wrote songs for Def Leppard, which would be a common misconception considering I wrote songs for both.