Although Pat is not a real Nirvana
of Birth: August 5th, 1959
Residence: West Los Angeles, California
Bands: Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Mike Watt, The Germs, 45
Grave, Deathfolk, Nina Hagen, Tater Totz, Vagina Dentata, Twisted
Influences/Interests: Queen, Freddie Mercury, Brian May,
David Bowie, Steve Howe, Eddie Van Halen, Alice Cooper
Pat: His real name is Georg Ruthenberg. He's about 6'1.
He has two solo albums - 'So You Fell In Love With a Musician'
and 'Ruthensmear', and plans on making another soon. He once had
a job as a phone sales receptionist. Sonic Youth used his name
as the chorus of their song 'Screaming Skull'. He likes shopping
for guitars, dressing up, dressing in drag, watching TV, smiling,eating
sweets and boxing. He doesn't like to wear shoes - He prefers
socks. He hates doing interviews.
Ties: His father was a German Immigrant (Inventor, Photographer)
and his mother was an African-American/Cherokee (Foreign language
teacher, Opera Singer). Though not really family, he apparently
has a girlfriend, Jena, of nearly 20 years.
life, The Germs and Acting: Pat ran away at age 3 to join
a 'Jesus Commune'. His first bandmates were Jan Paul Beahm (Darby
Crash) and Lorna Doom - The Germs. He has worked on a movie about
the Germs. He's quite the experienced actor, appearing in Prince's
'Raspberry Beret' and No Doubt's 'Don't Speak' videos, and in
movies such as 'Blade Runner', 'Howard the Duck', 'CHIPs' and
'Breakin'', where he first met Courtney Love.' He had a regular
segment on MTV's House of Style.
and School: Pat and Darby Crash were both admitted to
an experimental education program, called "The Innovative Program
School", a sattelite school located on the campus of the University
High, in Santa Monica, California. This project was designed for
students who couldn't fit in to the regular educational curriculum.
The student body included many outcasts and miscreants - many
of whom would soon form part of the original LA punk scene. Some
of the other students who participated in the program were: Kira
Roessler (Black Flag bassist), Michele Bell (Vagina Dentata bandmate
of Pat's), Kim Gordon, Kim Fowley and Frank Sinatra Jr.
Pat never owned guitar until later in his musical career, often
borowing guitars from the Germs' opening act. His first guitar
was a Red Hagstrom. He plans to buy the rights to the Hagstrom
name and bring them back. He likes cheap solidbodies. He has stuffed
a pillow inside one of his guitars. The colour 'Blue Sparkle'
is one of his favorite colours. He prefers to downstroke. He wants
to make a coffee table book of all his guitars, having nearly
100 at the moment. He was one of Dave Grohl's teenage guitar idols.
Foo Fighters: The 'Flamboyant (ex) Foo'. He left the Foo
Fighters to pursue other musical purposes before the 1997 MTV
Music Video Awards, on September 4th, 1997. He presented an award
with Cindy Crawford later that night. He's never really been in
a band for more than a year, except for the Foo Fighters, which
he was in for the better part of two years, and The Germs, who
he was with for a long, long time.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers & Nirvana: He was invited
by Flea in 1993 to replace John Frusciante in the Red Hot Chili
Peppers, but passed up the offer. Later that year, Pat wanted
to be Nirvana's 2nd guitarist, but Kurt Cobain asked him to join
the band before he had the chance to approch Kurt about an audition.
He was known to lift Cobain's spirits. On the his Nirvana tour,
the first tour of his life, with the exception of one with Nina
Hagen in 1983, he shared a tour bus with Cobain, as Novoselic
and Grohl shared the other one. He grew very close to Cobain and
Courtney Love. At a Nirvana gig, he was deeply insulted by Eddie
Van Halen's racist remarks, refering to Pat as 'a dark one', a
'raji' and a mexican, and trying to replace him on stage that
night. Yet Eddie Van Halen still is one of Pat's musical influences.
Solo: "So You Fell In Love With a Musician", on
SST Records, (1992), "Ruthensmear", on SST Records, (1987)
Flipside: The Best of Flipside 2CD Compliation (Vagina
Dentata's "Golden Boys", The Germs' "Forming (live)" and Ruthensmear's
"Blue Funk Punk" (?)
The Germs: "Forming" (?), "Sex Boy" (?), "GI" (1979),
"What We Do Is Secret" (1981), "Germicide - Live at the Whisky"
(1982), "ROIR" (1982), "Let the Circle Be Unbroken" (1985), "Gasatanka"
(1985), "Lion's Share" (1985), "Ghost o'Darb" (1985), "Rock n'
Roll" (1986), "XES" (1986), "MIA - The Complete Anthology" (1993),
"Media Blitz" (1993), "?" (The Germs Tribute Album on Grass Records)
Nirvana: "MTV Unplugged In New York" (1994)
With Mike Watt: "Ball-Hog or Tugboat?" (1995)
Foo Fighters: "The Colour And The Shape" (1997)
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