The Stinky Puffs

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The Stinky Puffs were an early 90's rock band started by then seven-year-old Simon Fair Timony, then-stepson of Jad Fair, and by Cody Linn Ranaldo, son of Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo. After a 7" single an LP followed in 1995 titled A Little Tiny Smelly Bit of...the Stinky Puffs and an EP in 1996 titled Songs and Advice for Kids Who Have Been Left Behind.

Kurt Cobain, of the band Nirvana, was a big fan of the band and close to lead singer Timony. In Cobain's personal journal, he wrote a letter to Timony asking him to contribute artwork for what was to become In Utero.[1] Timony also managed the fanclub of Nirvana back in the day. When he sold the fanclub-cards, he asked "Send candy not money!".

The Stinky Puffs had a historic performance in 1994, at the indie rock festival Yoyo A Go Go in Olympia, Washington. Surviving Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl made their first shared public appearance after Kurt Cobain's death playing bass and drums, respectively, for the Stinky Puffs.[2] The last song that they played was "I Love You Anyways," which a then 10-year-old Timony wrote about Cobain.[3] The lyrics celebrate the times Timony spent with Cobain, doing things like smashing Cobain's guitar, and captures the hurt of Cobain's death by repeating Cobain's broken promise to "record with the Stinky Puffs".[4] The Stinky Puffs' last album was dedicated to Cobain's daughter Frances Bean Cobain.[citation needed]

In a 2012, The Stinky Puffs were mentioned in Esquire magazine article, by Miles Raymer. In it, they are credited as the first band Nirvana backed (having recently backed Paul McCartney for the 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief).[5]


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