Chad Channing

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Chad Channing
Birth name Chad Channing
Born (1967-01-31) January 31, 1967 (age 47)
Origin Santa Rosa, California US
Genres Hard rock, grunge, indie rock, alternative rock
Occupations Musician
Instruments Drums, vocals, guitar, bass
Years active 1985–present
Associated acts Nirvana, Child's Play, Redband, East of the Equator, Tic Dolly Row, Mind Circus, The Methodists, Fire Ants, Before Cars

Chad Channing (born January 31, 1967 in Santa Rosa, California) is an American musician who is best known for being the drummer of the band Nirvana from 1988 until 1990, during which time they recorded and released their debut album Bleach. He currently sings and plays bass in the band Before Cars.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Chad Channing was born on January 31, 1967, in Santa Rosa, California,[1] to Wayne and Burnyce Channing. Wayne was a radio disc jockey and the family was constantly moving all over the country due to different jobs being offered to him. At the age of thirteen Chad shattered his thigh bone in an accident during gym class. Over the years of rehabilitation and surgeries he discovered music, beginning with a bass guitar which his parents bought him. The bass filled Chad's time as he was unable to go to school. When he was out of his leg casts, his parents bought him a drum set to help build strength in his legs. Chad was a natural at the drums and began jamming with friends.

Channing, while working as a sauté cook on Bainbridge Island, Washington,[2] started the band Tick-Dolly-Row with Ben Shepherd, also a Bainbridge Islander, who would later become the bassist for Soundgarden. Tick-Dolly-Row shared a bill with Nirvana, who at the time were going under the name Bliss. Not long after, a mutual friend introduced Channing to Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic who were searching for a drummer. The three got together several times for jam sessions before they started playing shows.

Nirvana career[edit]

In June 1988, only a couple of months after Channing joined Nirvana, they recorded their first single, "Love Buzz", also marking their Sub Pop debut. Nirvana began the recording sessions for Bleach on Christmas Eve 1988, finishing up towards the end of January 1989. Jason Everman, a friend of the band, agreed to pay the money for recording costs.[1] Everman had known Channing since fifth grade and the two had also played in bands together in high school.

Bleach was released on June 15, 1989. Chad played drums on the entire album with the exception of "Floyd the Barber", "Paper Cuts", and "Downer" which featured drummer Dale Crover from an earlier recording session prior to Channing joining the band. In April 1990 Nirvana recorded eight songs at Smart Studios with producer Butch Vig that ended when Cobain blew his voice out. During the sessions, Cobain and Novoselic became disenchanted with Channing's drumming, and Channing expressed frustration at not being actively involved in songwriting. These creative and artistic differences culminated in the departure of Channing, a mutual decision within the band. By the time Nirvana made their next attempt at recording, they had recruited Dave Grohl as their new drummer, who kept many of the same drum parts to the songs Chad had been playing. Although uncredited (until the Deluxe edition), the version of "Polly" used on Nevermind is the original version the band recorded with Channing, the only song carried over from the previous session.

Due to mass popularity and longevity, the rehashing of older work by Nirvana continued, both during the band's existence and following their demise. The 1992 compilation, Incesticide, featured the tracks "Big Long Now", "Stain" and "Dive", which all credited Channing as drummer. Live versions of "Polly" and "Breed" that included Channing appeared on From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah, a live album released in 1996. The 2004 With the Lights Out box set featured a DVD of a December 1988 Nirvana rehearsal, as well as seven songs scattered across the first two discs of the set, all with Channing on drums.[citation needed]

Following the announcement of Nirvana's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in December 2013, a delighted Channing explained in an interview with the Radio.com website that he perceived the recognition as a gift for his daughter: “I’ll be there at the table ready to walk up. When I told my daughter about the induction, she was super excited for me! So much of my excitement about it is for her!” However, Channing, who was later informed of his omission by SMS, will not be included in the April 2014 induction, as the accolade will only apply to Cobain, Novoselic and Grohl. Channing was however, at the ceremony, and was thanked for his time in Nirvana by his replacement, Dave Grohl. [3]

Post Nirvana work[edit]

After leaving Nirvana, Channing formed the Fire Ants who released the Stripped EP on Dekema Records in 1992, produced by Jack Endino, who had also produced Bleach. Members of the Fire Ants also included Brian Wood (vocals) and Kevin Wood (guitars), brothers of the late Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood, and bassist Dan McDonald. Channing and McDonald collaborated yet again in 1998 with John Hurd and Erik Spicer, forming The Methodists who released the album Cookie.

Most recently Chad stepped out from behind the drum set to front his new project Before Cars, who released the single "Old Chair" in 2006. They released their debut album Walk Back in 2008, again produced by Jack Endino. Channing supplies lead vocals and bass on all tracks, as well as some acoustic guitar.

Discography[edit]

With Tic Dolly Row[edit]

  • Live demo (1987)

With Nirvana[edit]

Release Notes
Bleach (1989) Appears on ten of the album's thirteen tracks.
Nevermind (1991) Appears on "Polly"[4] (uncredited until the Deluxe edition).
Incesticide (1992) Compilation; appears on "Dive", "Stain" and "Big Long Now".
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) Live album; appears on "Breed" and "Polly".
Nirvana (2002) Compilation; appears on "About a Girl" and "Been a Son".
With the Lights Out box set (2004) Appears on multiple tracks and DVD material.
Bleach deluxe edition (2009) Remastered reissue featuring bonus live material.
Nevermind deluxe/super deluxe edition (2011) Remastered reissue featuring Smart Studios sessions.

With Fire Ants[edit]

  • Ant Acid 7" (1992)
  • Stripped EP (1992)

With The Methodists[edit]

  • Cookie (1998)

With Before Cars[edit]

  • Old Chair EP (2006)
  • Walk Back (2008)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 441
  2. ^ Michael Azerra (1993), Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana, Random House, pp. 78–79, ISBN 0307833739 
  3. ^ Darren Levin (18 March 2014). "Nirvana drummer dumped from Hall Of Fame via brutal SMS". Faster Louder. Faster Louder Pty Ltd. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sessions History | Studio Sessions | April 2–6, 1990 - Studio A, Smart Studios, Madison, WI, US". Live Nirvana. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 

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Preceded by
Dave Foster
Drummer of Nirvana
1988–1990
Succeeded by
Dale Crover