Sheridan Watson
July 25, 2013 AT 02:47 PM EDT

In today’s round of “Oh, sweetie … really?” news, a well-intentioned but seriously sheltered student from Virginia Tech sent a letter to indie label Sub Pop asking if the band Nirvana can record a video for Homecoming. What did you say? Nirvana hasn’t been around for a decade? And lead singer Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994? Eh, it’s not like they’re one of the most famous bands of all time or anything, so how could we know?

And you can bet that the letter is as cringe-inducing as you’re currently imagining it to be. I don’t know what’s worse, asking the band to “simply” say “What’s up Virginia Tech? This is Nirvana! Just wanted to wish you guys a Happy Homecoming Week and good luck at the game this Saturday. LETS GO HOKIES!” or bragging about what an honor it would be for Nirvana: “It presents great publicity for them, and as Virginia Tech loves Nirvana,* we’d love to have her in our video.” Wow, Nirvana is a girl? Her voice can do some pretty manly sounding things.  The student also suggested that “iPhone videos are actually great quality, so if you’d prefer sending us an iPhone to make it easier on you…” Too bad people barely used cell phones, let alone smart phones in 1994.

This goes to show how the world might be coming to an end. But now that we’re at this point, who would you want to come back from the dead for a “Go (enter mascot here)!” video? They’ve already brought back Tupac with a hologram so it might be possible. In the meantime, let’s just hope that this letter is a fake (you can read the full letter here), and if it’s not, please Google the name of a band before requesting their participation in something.

*But not enough to realize that the lead singer is dead?

P.S. I once had someone ask me “So Daft Punk, what is it?” What’s the funniest/ most clueless music question that anyone has ever asked you?

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