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Published on March 30th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Dave Grohl’s pre-Nirvana band Scream is about to reissue its debut record

Dave Grohl wanted to play music so bad that he persuaded his mom to let him drop out of high school so he could join a local DC band called Scream. He was with them for a couple of years before the band imploded thanks to a member breaking up with his girlfriend. The good news was that Dave soon found a new gig with some band named Nirvana. I hear that turned out all right.

Somewhere in my collection, I have a Scream album entitled Fumble, but what I really want is the group’s first record, No More Censorship, a 1988 release that features Dave on drums.

The record was re-released on Record Store Black Friday last year under the name NMC17, but only in limited numbers. But come April 27, it will receive a general release.  Here’s the press release:

This record was written and recorded during Reagan’s presidency. US foreign policy was being disruptive in Central and Latin America, Iran-Contra… Art and music was being censored. Ed Meese, Ronald’s Attorney General was appointed to do a report on the effect of pornography on society. Hearings were held in Congress about lyrics and albums, and warnings were placed on album covers. One bitter example being Dead Kennedys, who were taken to court over the Frankenchirst album’s Geiger poster. SCREAM raised money to help in the Dead Kennedys court battle, and more widely participated in benefits to raise money to fight this oppression. So much of what was going on then is still so relevant today. History repeats.
Here’s a bit of a preview.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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