“The Orange and Blue” also known as Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama
In 1983, basketball player Charles Barkley from Leeds, Alabama was on the Auburn University basketball team before going pro.
After we met in ’83, Kurt Cobain wanting to make a public connection to me, made a connection to Barkley. This is not only because Barkley grew up in a small town near where I grew up in Trussville, but also because there is a city near where Kurt grew up in Washington also named Auburn.
I’ve mentioned that Courtney Love showed up in our lives in late ’84 looking for a part in the movie (Love Kills) Sid & Nancy. Kurt asked her to have a picture taken which she claims was taken while still a teenager at Hillcrest juvenile hall and I do believe that is Kurt in the picture with her. Her hair is dyed red, almost the color of mine.
In 1993 Barkley was asked to appear on SNL with Nirvana.
Kurt also made mention of me is in his journal “At peace ami. You’re a good one.” Kurt was a self proclaimed bad speller.
There is one more connection to Auburn and that is to Michael Hutchence. Hutch was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Auburn is a suburb in western Sydney and named after Oliver Goldsmith’s poem The Desserted Village, which describes ‘Auburn’ in England as the loveliest village of the plain.
I watch you on the tv–you’re with me every place I go
I’m caught up in the daydream–I’m into everyone you know
Turn on the action–grab every minute
Learn every lesson–then live to regret it
I’m so distracted–my mind’s disengaged
Sharin’ the moments when you’re all the rage
I got my eyes on you
Got my eye on you… – Eye On You performed by Billy Squier
The idea for Eye On You came from Def Leppard’s groupie pass (shown). It actually became quite the theme for cover art for other artists as well, other’s I wrote songs for.
It was used as cover art for the movie ’90 Frankenstein Unbound which Michael Hutchence of INXS had a small role as poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Hutch knew I was a Shelley fan and actually have a collection of his poetry which was collected by his wife Mary Shelley author of the original Frankenstein.
Def Leppard used the eye on the cover art for their ’92 Adrenalize album.
Nickelback used it on the cover art for their 2001 album Silver Side Up which includes songs I wrote.
And, the band Skillet’s 2009 album which includes the song “Awake and Alive” which I wrote. I named the band Skillet for that oh, so southern of accessories which comes in hand when you need to beat some lousy jerk over the head with it. Next time I promise to make sure there is not hot oil in it.