Crippling self-hate has never sounded so goddamn energetic: “I’m a negative creep, a negative creep, a negative creep… and I’m stoooooned!!!! The result of a 1991 split single of Velvet Underground covers, on which Nirvana covered ‘Here She Comes Now’ and The Melvins did ‘Venus In Furs’. Here are two very different readings of this song. To celebrate the music of Nirvana, we've dug deep into the catalog of the chaos-embracing sludge-pop titans who changed the world. Mrs Butterworth, by the way, is an American syrup brand. It’s interesting that Kurt liked Led Zep, and you suspect he was disapproving of their extracurricular activities. His issues with heroin, mental health, parents and his new found status as an icon for a generation were written about constantly, and not always nicely, as was his marriage to Courtney Love and the birth of their daughter Frances Bean. — then we clash!) Two versions of this exist, both recorded early in 1994, just before Kurt died in April. No Apologies: All 102 Nirvana Songs Ranked RS tackles the complete catalog of the band that defined the Nineties and made the world a lot noisier . An instrumental cut from the Nirvana and The Screaming Trees doing Leadbelly sessions, which winds up sounding a helluva lot like Black Sabbath. There’s also possibly no better example of why Kurt’s lyrics touch so many people. It rocks so hard. The setting is a flea market (“the Sunday swap meet is a battleground”), the stars of the show are a modestly entrepreneurial couple (“they make their living off of arts and crafts / they kind with seashells driftwood and burlap”), and Cobain’s take on this humdrum existence is, naturally, peppered with disillusionment (“keeps his cigarettes close to his heart / keeps her photographs close to her heart / keeps the bitterness close to the heart”). Watch it here. In September that same year he played guitar for Mudhoney when they covered it at a show in California. It could’ve been a contender. Maybe he was sending a message to someone, maybe he wasn’t. “I’m not like them, but I can pretend,” Kurt sings. Early Nirvana, when they still kinda just copied the Melvins, with mixed results. Charmingly, maybe, it was this track from Kurt’s early demos that convinced bassist Krist Novoselic to start a band with his pal. As with many Nirvana songs, ‘Territorial Pissings’ has become a symbol of everything the band were about thanks to the live performances. But whereas ‘YKYR’ is sarcastic, bitter and broding, ‘Do Re Mi’ is sweet and warm and Beatles-level melodic. ‘Mexican Seafood’ – a deeply simple punky little number that appeared on Nirvana’s first ever demo – is an early glimpse into that obsession. A Beatles cover discovered in 2015 by director Brett Morgen as he went through Kurt’s stuff while doing research for his film Montage Of Heck. Then there are the live versions. Perhaps the most interesting way to approach it in 2019 is to enjoy the myriad ways Kurt found to fuck it up when playing it live, like these deliberately bodged guitar parts and the ‘More Than A Feeling’ intro at Reading Festival in 1992, or this Jim Morrison crossed with Morrissey impression on Top Of The Pops in 1991. So that plan was scrapped, but somehow a very weird and hissy version turned up on ‘With The Lights Out’ boxset in 2004. An enjoyable stoner plod. Watch this from 1993 in Rio, when he’s wearing a dress and he’s got brown hair and a goatee and an air raid siren goes off when the song breaks down at 3.14. Kurt didn’t much like the version that got released as a single in 1991, so I guess we’ll have to disagree on that. There is a clip of Nirvana performing this complete and utter classic on the French TV show Nulle Part Ailleurs in 1994, two months before he died. It’s a rant about sensationalist media (“Congratulations you have won / it’s a years subscription of bad puns / and a make-shift story of concern / and to set it off before it burns”) that, according to Kurt when interviewed immediately he’d played it, sounds like ‘Taxman’ by the Beatles. Jon Stewart to Host Q&A with Former Nirvana Members on 20th Anniversary of […], At 8pm EST on September 24th, the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind, Jon Stewart will be sitting down with Dave Grohl, […], Watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt Cover Nirvana’s ‘Lithium’, Nirvana Finally Gets the Vaselines Cover They Deserve, And a few other things you may or may not have known about Nirvana, from, Watch Miley Cyrus’s Unfortunate Cover of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, Watch Girl Crisis Cover Nirvana’s ‘Come As You Are’. It’s a wild and heavy impromptu jam that that occured after a bad take of ‘Lithium’. Henrik, as ever, it's your call. Otherwise it’s a grunge-by-numbers sludgeathon starring textbook FUCK YOU, PARENTS lyrics (“In your eyes, I’m not worth it”). Master reels of Sonic Youth, Jimmy Eat World, Sheryl Crow, Les Paul, and more were also destroyed. Scoring the age-old moves, song choices, and “I love you, New York!” patter of the Stones, Who, Clapton, Billy Joel, Bruce, and the rest of the white guys. Released on 1989’s ‘Blew’ EP, ‘Been A Son’ stands out for being one of Kurt’s earliest statements about sex, gender and the patriarchy. Well, given when and where ‘The Other Improv’ was recorded (January ‘93, Brazil) it was ‘Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip’, which ended up as the secret track on ‘In Utero’. All of them, of course, are sung so hard it hurts. The riffs and drums bludgeon and bruise and the solo is best described as twisted beyond belief, and given what happened to Kurt it’s hard to see the lyric “look on the bright side, suicide” as anything other than some kind of cry for help. And yeah, there’s an infectious wildness to it. The following year someone gave Seattle newspaper The Stranger a cassette of Nirvana rehearsing it in 1991. Kurt takes on the death of Jesus Christ on a song that began life as a spiritual folk song called ‘He Never Said A Mumblin’’ word in the 1930s, and was then covered and renamed ‘They Hung Him On A Cross’ by Cobain fave Leadbelly in 1945. The best of Nirvana’s Meat Puppets covers, thanks to Kurt barely being able to hit the high notes in the verse. These acts of self-sabotage are what made Kurt so preposterously cool. ‘Friend of a Friend’ is the track the newly-Nirvana man wrote while staying in Kurt’s Olympia apartment having moved to Seattle to join the band. It is inarguable that ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ is the Nirvana song that had the biggest impact, positive and negative, on the band, the world, the next 15 years of rock music and the mental health of the man who wrote it. But you cannot argue with that riff. A ‘Bleach’ reject and, to be honest, you can hear why. Every Nirvana Project Ranked From Worst To Best. Frances Farmer was a 30s film star who was demonised in the press and then institutionalised and given electro-shock therapy against her will, and Kurt saw similarities between that and how his wife Courtney Love was being treated in the press. Once again, Kurt’s anger is directed at powerful men: “Black is black straight back, need more enemies, show you all what a man is.”. It makes a lot of sense that Nirvana’s debut single was a cover. Kurt Cobain Mr.Moustache Comic from r/grunge. Punky as fuck cover of the classic Wipers tune that first popped up in a 1990 Peel session, then sporadically appeared in live sets up until 1993. To celebrate the occasion, however, Vulture took to ranking every one of U2’s songs. Certainly. "Opinion" is a song by the American rock band Nirvana, written by vocalist and guitarist, Kurt Cobain. For all these reasons and more, the follow-up to ‘Nevermind, 1993’s ‘In Utero’, was the most hyped rock album for decades. In it, Kurt Cobain puts down his broken guitar and sings the second half of ‘Drain You’ (after it breaks right down and builds right up again) without holding his instrument. He was a troubled soul way before he got famous. It just. (BTW: the album it’s from – 1980s ‘Is This Real?” – was number 46 in Kurt’s famous list of his top 50 albums.) You are welcome. … 2) It is also, as Cobain said less frequently but occasionally touched on, a song about his own feelings about the intensity of fame, which makes a lot of sense given that ‘Rape Me’ rips off the opening chords of ‘Smell Like Teen Spirit’ and features the lyrics “I’m not the only one” sung over and over. A suuuuuuuper heavy monster, and one of those Nirvana songs that everyone’s forgotten was actually released as a single, albeit a split single with The Jesus Lizard’s ‘Puss’ on the other side. It is fast and raucous, and features the sort of references to flea markets and burlap that would pop up later in on “Swap Meet’. In 2020, it was ranked 13th on Kerrang! Every Nirvana Song, Ranked Thirty years after the band’s debut album, we look back at their entire catalogue. By Andy Beta. It has the simplicity of, say, ‘School’, but Kurt’s words have the sensitivity that he only really developed after Nirvana’s debut album. Supposedly, when Kurt killed himself, a TV in the same room as him was showing re-runs of The Andy Griffith Show on loop. It is, to this writer’s knowledge, the only example of him doing such a thing, and is therefore a rare treasure to tell all your friends about. But here, on a track from Kurt’s 1985 ‘Fecal Matter’ demos, you’ll find the origins of the riff that would later destroy souls in the form of ‘Negative Creep’, and an early example of Cobain singing about guns (which, you’ll notice, he did a lot): “Protector of your gun, everyone plays with your gun.”. He //obliterates// his kit, while Kurt’s throat sounds like it’s ripping itself to shreds as he screams his way through typically dark and doomy lyrics: “Sheared at the seams, Cheat on me.”. A strange thing, but a nice thing. Bleach . As the tour for 1993's In Utero wore on, you could tell that Kurt Cobain had fallen out of … Watch Queue Queue The results are absolutely wicked, of course. But crucially, I think, it’s the song that is the bridge between ‘Bleach’ and ‘Nevermind’ and wouldn’t have belonged on either. Courtney Love hates when you hold up pictures of Kurt Cobain. Another version was recorded at Kurt’s house on March 25 that year, with Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear and Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson, that’s never come out. Every now and then Kurt Cobain wrote lyrics that were so incredibly sad it’s hard to see them written down, but here we go anyway: “I’m so tired I can’t sleep / I’m a liar and thief / Sit and drink Pennyroyal Tea / I’m anaemic royalty”, and then a little later on in the song: “I’m on warm milk and laxatives / Cherry-flavored antacids.” Intense. No artist really exists in a vacuum. ‘Incesticide’ Nirvana’s recording career was tragically brief. It was released as the B-side to the band's second single, "Sliver" in September 1990.The same version was re-released as the opening track on the compilation album The Grunge Years in 1991, and again on the Nirvana rarities compilation, Incesticide, in December 1992. In 2019, Vulture ranked it at number 16 on their Best Nirvana Songs, Ranked list, calling it "a revolting sound that Nirvana brought to bear on millions of Middle American homes" that "surfaced like a nightmare, a cherry bomb in a disc changer, Cobain’s stomach pain manifested in sound." Easily the chirpiest sounding song on ‘Nevermind’. But there’s a no-Grohl version (in the seat: Chad Channing) doing the rounds – recorded in 1989 at the ‘Blew’ EP sessions – that’s well worth a listen, mostly for Kurt’s “hold it in your GUT” yelps in the chorus. covering Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’. The opening track of 92’s legendary b-sides album ‘Incesticide’ is so simple, but oh so effective. They’re all (apparently) pissed on red wine, they’re covering KISS, Jason Everman is in the studio with the band for the only time ever and Krist is a allowed to sing a bit. As was perhaps made clearer than ever in the 2015 film Montage Of Heck, Kurt Cobain was obsessed with bodily functions. “I didn’t know what I was talking about.” For example: “Slippery pessimist hypocrite master / Conservative communist apocalyptic bastard.” He’s got a point. Debuted at their Reading Festival headline slot in ‘92, and introduced as a new song ‘The Eagle Has Landed’, ‘Tourette’s’ is the heaviest song to make it onto a Nirvana album. One that began life on Kurt’s 1985 Fecal Matter demos, and he’s clearly already all over the sludgy sound that would dominate ‘Bleach’. Cutter. By Corbin Reiff. It’s disarming to hear KC sing such happy words. or about castration (“I got my didilly spayed”). The first of the three Meat Puppets tunes Nirvana played at their 1993 MTV Unplugged show, most notable for how really quite sweet it is is to hear Kurt sing “an illustrative book about birds” in a really high pitched voice. For Nirvana’s 1993 MTV Unplugged show Kurt changed the lyric “all in all is all we are” to “all alone is all we are”, and the sadness in his voice is excruciating. A slow and dirty sludge-fest, with lyrics inspired by a real-life story from Kurt’s hometown of Aberdeen about a family locking their children in an attic. 4. If it was just a random person on a random website, that'd be one thing, but might these be prominent enough to warrant inclusion? May 20, 2019 4:21 PM . This track’s legacy is the lyric “my milk is your shit”, which found its way onto the far superior ‘Milk It’ once this tune was popped in the bin. Universal Confirms Nirvana, Elton John Recordings Were Damaged in Warehouse Fire. breach of contract!”, 10 of the Most Ridiculous Rock-Star Stunts. 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