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Chad Channing (born January 31, 1967 in Bainbridge Island, WA) is an American musician who was a former drummer for the band Nirvana from 1988 until 1990, when he left the band due to creative differences. Contrary to popular belief, it was a mutual decision and no hard feelings existed on either side. Amongst various Nirvana releases (singles etc), Channing appears as drummer on both the Bleach and Incesticide LPs, as well as the cymbal crash in the Nevermind version of “Polly.”

In 2004, Nirvana’s With the Lights Out box set featured a DVD of a December 1988 Nirvana rehearsal with Chad Channing on drums.

Channing was in the bands Mind Circus and Tic Dolly Row (with future Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd) prior to joining Nirvana.

After leaving Nirvana, Channing formed a band called the Fire Ants. The band released the EP Stripped on Dekema Records, produced by Jack Endino, who had also produced Bleach. Members of the Fire Ants also included Brian Wood (vocals) and Kevin Wood (guitars), brothers of Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood, and bassist Dan McDonald.

Other bands Chad has played in include The Methodists (w/ Dan McDonald from Fire Ants), East of the Equator, Redband and, most recently, Before Cars ( ).

Chad’s love of music began with a bass guitar, which his parents bought him after an accident during gym class one day at school. The mishap resulted in 8 surgeries and 5 years of recovery. The bass filled Chad’s time as he was unable to go to school.

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  • songfactslastfm

    Before Dave Grohl, there was Chad Channing. The original Nirvana drummer - who was on hand for the writing of "About A Girl" and the recording of "Polly" - recalls introducing Kurt Cobain to David Bowie, and tells us what he really thinks of the Foo Fighter who replaced him:

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • meshlamtaea

    i think chad would have been a better drummer than dave grohl of take out krist and replace him with channing giving his experience with bass guitar. ive always felt like krist is the odd one out of the group.

    5 Oct 2012 Reply
  • SeattleMarie

    Chad rocks my brains out! Completely underrated musician!

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Tompac5

    id say if he had foreseen the success of nevermind he would have kept his creative differences to himself haha good drummer though, bleach was the best

    1 Sep 2010 Reply
  • BRISA18

    East of the equator, clearly my favorite Chad´s band

    23 Aug 2010 Reply
  • solohunt

    откуда взялись прослушки если у него песен нету??))

    29 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Anton_klesk

    на счет отличный барабанщик согласен)

    25 Mar 2010 Reply
  • ambient4pig

    люблююююю!! <3 :)

    6 Sep 2009 Reply
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    12 May 2009 Reply
  • renaWoodward

    hi shorty chad! whats up??

    11 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Pen-Cap-Chew

    hell yeah

    15 Feb 2009 Reply