Fear Factory Frontman: How I Ended Up Appearing In Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Video

John Doan of MusicFrenzy.net recently conducted an interview with vocalist Burton C. Bell of Los Angeles cyber metallers Fear Factory.

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John Doan of MusicFrenzy.net recently conducted an interview with vocalist Burton C. Bell of Los Angeles cyber metallers Fear Factory, Blabbermouth reports.

Asked how it came about that he made an appearance in Nirvana's iconic "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video, Bell said, "I was a big Nirvana fan for a long time, and I saw them a bunch of times on the "Bleach" tour. After seeing them a few times, I'd run into them, a friend of mine actually played on [Nirvana's 1991 record] record, "Nevermind" - he played cello on "Something In The Way". So we had a copy of that record almost five months before it came out. What happened was that, before the record came out, they had a show in L.A. at the Roxy, and after the show, they threw out flyers saying, 'Hey, come to our video shoot'. And so me and my roommate got the flyer with the directions on it and we went to the video shoot the next day... And what happened in the video wasn't even supposed to happen. The audience just went nuts."

He added, "I saw Nirvana once after that, and I knew it was gonna be the last time I saw them because ["Smells"] was on the radio and they were blowing up."

Fear Factory later recorded a cover version of Nirvana's song "School" for its 2004 album "Archetype".

Fear Factory's new album, "The Industrialist", sold 9,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Mechanize", opened with 10,000 units back in February 2010 to land at No. 72.

Released in North America on June 5 via Candlelight Records, "The Industrialist" is a conceptual record based around a story written by Burton C. Bell. The album's artwork was created by American designer Anthony Clarkson with additional direction from the band. The effort was made available on three formats - standard CD, a limited edition deluxe digi-book (featuring two additional songs), and 180-gram double vinyl.

Can you identify Burton C. Bell in this video? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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    Zanos7
    I can see this following: Courtney Love: Burton C. Bel is lying!
    dollyDagger
    Krieger91 wrote: Who was he, the janitor?
    The Janitor in the video was an actual janitor. Fact.
    Soundservant
    dewitt wrote: He added, "I saw Nirvana once after that, and I knew it was gonna be the last time I saw them because ["Smells"] was on the radio and they were blowing up." So, he wouldn't go see them anymore because other people like them now? That's a pretty stupid attitude.
    No, I'm sure he meant that they would probably move away from the local area and tour internationally soon which means seeing them would be more difficult.
    WhammyW
    everyone here decides to spend time complaining and snapping at eachother. you were just supposed to guess where he was. get out of your parents basement and off the internet and play some music. do something relavent with your life.
    dewitt
    CommanderMeaty wrote: no, the janitor is the current rhythm guitarist of Foo Fighters ;D
    Dave Grohl is the rhythm guitar player for the Foo Fighters. Pat Smear is their lead guitar player. He was also in Nirvana and, most notably, The Germs.
    dewitt
    He added, "I saw Nirvana once after that, and I knew it was gonna be the last time I saw them because ["Smells"] was on the radio and they were blowing up."
    So, he wouldn't go see them anymore because other people like them now? That's a pretty stupid attitude.
    CarlosHigg
    Krieger91 wrote: Who was he, the janitor?
    No the janitor was Kurt's actual janitor when he was a t high school.
    cactusman1
    No todd people just forgot how to write "verse chorus verse" styles. Others forget that theyre conveying a story during their songs and just talk about stupid things like there 8th grade girlfriends or what not. if a crapper like lil wayne can still go platinum then there is no excuse for rock and metal. Earn your money and play better songs. Dont be like all that remains and scrub it up. they went from potentially awesome metal band to instant hinder wannabes. what a bunch of plebs.