Bassist Krist Novoselic - who turns 52 today - has spent much of his post-Nirvana fighting for social causes. His activism began decades ago when he derailed a Nirvana interview to speak out against an epidemic that had hit every mall in America: people standing on escalators.
"That is a testament to human laziness," Novoselic said while bandmates Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl groaned as though they'd heard this rant a hundred times. "I mean, the guy who invented the escalator is just kicking himself in the ass," Novoselic added. "You think that the guy made escalators...just so people stand on it? You're supposed to walk on them so you get there faster...So every time I'm on an escalator, I'm like [imitates pushing people out of the way] 'Excuse me, pardon me, excuse me, pardon me.'"
But instead of just complaining about it on TV, Novoselic said he was going to take action. "That's my pet peeve right there. And I'm gonna do something about it. And I'm urging you to do something about it. Write your congressman. Get a group together. I think we can do something about this."
Since then, Novoselic has also taken up causes like fighting against censorship by co-founding the Joint Artists and Music Promotions Political Action Committee (JAMPAC). Fighting for electoral reform as the chair of FairVote - a group dedicated to improving democracy. And endorsing Gary Johnson, the Libertarian presidential candidate in the 2016 election.
But little ground has been won in the escalator crusade. But that might change if enough people watch Novoselic's impassioned speech. Check it out.