The Young Street Bridge
This architecturally nondescript bridge in the small, coastal town of Aberdeen had its place in rock ‘n’ roll history secured via the lyrics of its most famous son.
‘Something in the Way’, the closing track on Nirvana’s second album Nevermind has the lyrics:
Underneath the bridge/Tap has sprung a leak/ And the animals I’ve trapped/ Have all become my pets/ And I’m living off of grass/ And the drippings from the ceiling/ It’s OK to eat fish/ ‘Cause they don’t have any feelings.
Legend has it Cobain even lived under the bridge for a time in his youth, or at the very least he used to frequently hang out there.
With Cobain being cremated and his ashes dispersed after his death in 1994, many fans turned the bridge and the Lake Washington Park near his one time home into places to visit to pay their respects. Nirvana fans from around the world have been known to visit this destination quite often.
Nirvana released a live album entitled From The Muddy Banks of the Wishkah in 1996.
Location: Young Street, Aberdeen, Washington, USA 98520
Salford Lads Club
This still up-and-running recreational club for boys (and now girls) was made famous by appearing on the inside cover of The Smith’s seminal classic The Queen Is Dead.
Photographer Stephen Wright and the band must have had little idea that the photo would become so iconic and inspire so many to make the pilgrimage to Salford.
Initially, the club did not embrace the link with Morrissey and company, perhaps not surprisingly given the album’s prickly subject matter of Vicars dressed up in tutus and intruders breaking into Buckingham Palace with rusty spanners to startle the poor Majesty.
But eventually the club has caved in, realising its own cultural relevance and welcoming hardcore fans of The Smiths to the property.
And The Smiths are not the only band with links to the club. Members of the successful British Invasion band, The Hollies, were members of the club. Indeed, Graham Nash and Allan Clarke used the premises to practice their songs.
Location: St Ignatius Walk, Salford, Manchester, England M5 3RX
Napoleone Pizza House
This nondescript looking pizza parlour in National City, CA has become an important site of pilgrimage for Tom Waits fanatics.
The great man spent several of his teenage years working there, as he documented on the songs ‘The Ghosts of Saturday Night (After Hours at Napoleone’s Pizza House) and ‘I Can’t Wait To Get Off Work’.
When he was not sweating away in the kitchen, Waits famously filled the Jukebox here with quarters, listening to the likes of Ray Charles and James Brown and become addicted to the musical art form.
So Waits fans turn up regularly at Napoleone’s for a obligatory photo, perhaps even an reminisce with the owner, and to play songs of the very jukebox that inspired an American original.
Location: 619 National City Boulevard, National City, California, USA 91950