Sweet 75

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Sweet 75
Krist Novoselic and Yva Las Vegass in 1997
Krist Novoselic and Yva Las Vegass in 1997
Background information
GenresAlternative rock
Years active1995–2000
Associated actsNirvana, Ministry, Shudder to Think, Sunshine Cake, Eyes Adrift
Past membersKrist Novoselic
Yva Las Vegass
Bobi Lore
Bill Rieflin
Adam Wade
Gina Mainwal

Sweet 75 was a band formed by Krist Novoselic in 1995 after the break-up of Nirvana. The band released one self-titled album before splitting up in 2000.


Krist Novoselic formed Sweet 75 after Nirvana's 1994 break-up, along with Venezuelan-born street singer Yva Las Vegass, whom he met after his wife hired her to sing at his birthday party.[1] Novoselic originally planned to produce an album for the singer but after writing songs together, they decided to form Sweet 75, the name taken from a poem by Theodore Roethke.[1] With Bobi Lore added on drums, they performed a few live shows in 1995 and signed to Geffen Records. In 1996 a bootleg of a November 17, 1995 live show was released by the record company Sea Monkey called Trucked Up Fuckstop. Lore was replaced by former Ministry drummer Bill Rieflin before the band recorded their self-titled debut album, which included guest performances from Peter Buck of R.E.M., Anisa Romero (of Sky Cries Mary), and Herb Alpert.[1] The album was not released until 1997, after a tour with Dinosaur Jr.,[2] by which time Rieflin had been replaced by former Shudder to Think drummer Adam Wade, and failed to make much impression, either commercially or critically.[1] The album was described as blending "indie-rock with heavy rock, Mexican music, lounge and country".[3] In addition, a single of the song "Lay Me Down" was released in Australia.[2] It contained the album tracks "Lay Me Down" and "La Vida", and a previously unreleased song called "Soap Zone". Wade left in October 1997, and the group disbanded in early 1998.[2] They reformed later that year, with Rieflin back on drums, and recorded demos for a second album, but Novoselic and Rieflin began spending more time on their other project, Sunshine Cake, with Anisa Romero, and in mid-1999 the band again split up.[2] Further work on the second album in 2000 was reported but by August that year the band had split up for good, citing "creative differences".[1]

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  • "Lay Me Down" (1997)


  1. ^ a b c d e Prato, Greg "Sweet 75 Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  2. ^ a b c d Thompson, Dave (2000) Alternative Rock, Miller Freeman, ISBN 0-87930-607-6, p. 670-671
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas "Sweet 75 Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation

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