gimmie back my alcohol!” over and over until someone passes him a damn beer. 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. Tribute to to kurt. A pleasingly fat version of Led Zeppelin’s 1969 classic, played at a house party in 1987 (otherwise known as Nirvana’s first ever gig). Otherwise it’s a grunge-by-numbers sludgeathon starring textbook FUCK YOU, PARENTS lyrics (“In your eyes, I’m not worth it”). Plus, it was responsible for one of the most exciting live TV moments ever seen. As with many Nirvana songs, ‘Territorial Pissings’ has become a symbol of everything the band were about thanks to the live performances. TV’s Latest Trend: Shows About Indian-Americans, Download a Free 19-Track Subpop Sampler Album, Activision: Courtney Love Totally Okayed Kurt Cobain’s Guitar Hero Avatar, Says Activision: “Guitar Hero secured the necessary licensing rights from the Cobain estate in a written agreement signed by Courtney Love.”, Courtney Love, Too, Creeped Out by Kurt Cobain’s Guitar Hero Avatar, “i may have been forced by some lying lawyers to sell some publishing, but i never signed off on this guitar hero thing. A YouTube comment on this track from 2017, from a man called Ryan Clark: “I love pretty much every sound Kurt Cobain has ever made with his mouth or guitar (and even bass or drums). All these things are encapsulated in ‘Stain’: “I’m a stain, I’m a stain, I’m a stain, I’m a stain.” It’s a sad fucking song. MTV Unplugged in New York. 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’. Because it’s funny, basically, to hear Kurt howl “MARIJUANA!” over and over again for two minutes. The Butthole Surfers and Metallica have covered it as well, but Nirvana’s is the best version obviously. By. To celebrate the occasion, however, Vulture took to ranking every one of U2’s songs. 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.”. Legend has it that the lyrics for ‘Nevermind’’s quiet moment of haunting desolation have something to do with Kurt living under a bridge for a period of his life. In 2019, it was ranked at number 14 in The Guardian ' s list of Nirvana's 20 greatest songs. This video is unavailable. “I’m not like them, but I can pretend,” Kurt sings. 1) “Now I vomit cum and diarrhoea / on the tile floor like oatmeal pizza.” 2) Fill my toilet bowl full of a cloudy / puss, I feel the blood becoming chowder rust 3) “Stained dirt, vaseline, toe jam and booger / stomach acid worms that dance in sugared sludge.” Elsewhere, there’s a killer riff at the 1.15 mark that’s straight from the Jimmy Page school of guitar playing. You can bet your bottom dollar the Irish aren’t. Which, at the time, probably wasn’t far off how some people regarded Kurt’s talent. Every Nirvana version features Kurt drumming and singing, and Dave Grohl on guitar. According to Heavier than Heaven, American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was impressed with "Polly" upon hearing the song while at a Nirvana concert, remarking of Cobain that "that kid has heart." Crucially, ‘Serve The Servants’ features the best opening line to any album ever: “teenage angst has paid off well, and now I’m bored and old”. Next! Here he pays homage to a key influence for a ‘92 Wipers tribute album ‘Eight Songs For Greg Sage And The Wipers’. 2) It’s a take on people’s reaction to his vegetarianism: “Fill me in on your new vision / wake me up with indecision / help me trust your mighty wisdom / yes I eat cow, I am not proud”. There’s a gap between “authorized” and absolutely true. It barely sounds like Nirvana. Everybody join in now: “Where do bad folks go when they diiiiiiiiiieeee?”. Another Peel Session cut that made it onto ‘Incesticide’, this cover of a 1980 track by new wave champs Devo works perfectly as a Nirvana track, thanks to its perfect-for-Dave-Grohl tempo and lyrics that fit perfectly into Kurt’s world view: “Take a step outside the city, and turn around / take a look at what you are, it is revolting”. 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’. Hold on a minute, this sounds like… Nirvana having fun! These acts of self-sabotage are what made Kurt so preposterously cool. 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. It’s a tragedy that we’ll never know. By Corbin Reiff. It’s a wild and heavy impromptu jam that that occured after a bad take of ‘Lithium’. There is no better example in Nirvana’s discography of the quiet LOUD quiet songwriting method that Kurt Cobain was very honest about stealing from the Pixies. She also might hate Dave Grohl, too? Tick. Weirdest Nirvana song ever? AKA the one that Dave Grohl sings. Could be both. He sings from the perspective of the kids, honing in on the bleakness: “Black windows of paint / I scratched with my nails / I see others just like me / Why do they not try to escape?”. It’s disarming to hear KC sing such happy words. 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. You bet! It’s a moody thing, less angry but more brooding than anything on ‘In Utero’, with lyrics (“Nothing really bothers her / she just wants to love herself”) that seem directed at Courtney. It has the simplicity of, say, ‘School’, but Kurt’s words have the sensitivity that he only really developed after Nirvana’s debut album. 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. You wonder if he envied them a bit. Watch Queue Queue. A complete list of all 131 Van Halen songs, ranked from worst to best by writer Chuck Klosterman. But still better than most songs ever written, so go figure. Kurt doesn’t sound like Kurt. A song about Kurt’s then girlfriend Tracy Marander, and the lyric “I can’t see you every night for free” is about her getting annoyed with him being a wannabe rock star and just bumming around her house watching TV all day. One of the most endearing things about Kurt was how open he was about the bands he loved, and how often he covered their songs. The song was performed several times live in 1991 and 1992, but is not known to have been recorded in the studio. Fleeting mention of death. Watch it here. That’s the same amount of time between the trio’s sophomore album and the release of the Beatles’ seemingly prehistoric debut, Please Please Me. Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream Songs, Ranked Ten years later, we rank the album that shook the pop industry with its originality, oddity, and ultra fantasy. https://www.loudersound.com/features/nirvana-nevermind-songs-ranked It could’ve been a contender. A ranking of every Nirvana song, from worst to best. 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. 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. 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. A giant wall of riffs, crushing anything dumb enough to get in their way. Back when secret tracks on albums were still a thing, ‘Endless, Nameless’ blew the ears off anyone who kept ‘Nevermind’ running for 13 minutes and 51 seconds after ‘Something In The Way’ had finished. Maybe he was sending a message to someone, maybe he wasn’t. Having done nothing but listen to and write about Nirvana songs for three really quite intense days in a row, I can say without any doubt in my mind that they are the greatest band of all time. Only time will tell if they stand the test of time. In September that same year he played guitar for Mudhoney when they covered it at a show in California. Reference to bad childhood? 5th April 2019 . Featuring: the best intro to any Nirvana song, the best drumming on any Nirvana song, one of the best riffs on any Nirvana song (written by the guy on the drums, Dave Grohl), Kurt’s greatest ever studio recorded screaming (“go awwwwwwwwwwwAAAAAYAYAYAYAYAYYYYYyyy”) and some really weird lyrics inspired by Patrick Suskind’s 1985 novel Perfume (“I lie in the soil and fertilize mushrooms”). According to Kurt’s journals, that album is Kurt’s favourite Bowie album (and his 45th favourite album of all time), so he did the decent thing and played a magical acoustic version at Nirvana’s November 1993 MTV Unplugged show. This non-album single is a sad enough tale as it is, but when you consider that Kurt Cobain feeling rejected by his parents was one of the root causes of the misery that ended up killing him, it takes on an air of tragedy, all sung over the jauntiest bassline Krist Novoselic ever came up with. Vulture’s ranking consists of all 340 original, officially released Bruce Springsteen compositions, whether an official album track or an outtake, now including his latest album Letter to You. Kurt did probably know this clued up guy that he was It’s most famous for its appearance at MTV Unplugged, but it regularly featured in Nirvana sets from 1991-1994. There is, in the drums and bass, a heavy Gang Of Four influence. Music, Film, TV and Political News Coverage. 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. Take this clip from a 1991 chat show hosted by Jonathan Ross (who, brilliantly, introduces the song as ‘Lithium’ because that’s what the band were supposed to play). So here is every track they ever did (that we could find), ranked for your pleasure. “She should have died when she was born, she should have worn the crown of thorns, she should have been a son” he goes, supposedly inspired by his dad, Don, saying that he’d have liked his daughter Kim to be born a boy. Look after yourselves. Early Nirvana, when they still kinda just copied the Melvins, with mixed results. Kurt Cobain had an underrated sense of humour, and when he wrote songs like ‘I Hate Myself And I Want To Die’ he was sort of dicking about. Pure punk pop, full of charming singalong vibes: “The sun shines in the bedroom when we play, the raining always starts when you go away”. Nirvana were often at their most fun when Kurt freed himself from the misery of his mind and decided, instead, to tear into someone else’s tune. 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’s amazing. 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.”. Kurt Cobain playing the blues. Mrs Butterworth, by the way, is an American syrup brand. Oh well, whatever, nevermind. This is quintessential Nirvana. But it’s a song that also works very well as an antidote to pain, misery and heartbreak (“I like it, I’m not gonna crack / I miss you, I’m not gonna crack / I love you, I’m not gonna crack / I kill you, I’m not gonna crack”). But I'll put all the links here just in case. Every Nirvana Project Ranked From Worst To Best. By performing it acoustically and, crucially, solo, Cobain creates an atmosphere of stifling isolation. Geffen. Master reels of Sonic Youth, Jimmy Eat World, Sheryl Crow, Les Paul, and more were also destroyed. This Thunder And Roses cover is big dumb fun and the live versions (for they are the only versions that exist) are the sound of a band having a good time working out who they want to be. It would make sense for him to write an article on Soundgarden, … May 20, 2019 4:21 PM . It’s too long. So he wrote this magnificent song. “Help me, somebody help me / hold me, I’m fucking hungry / help me, I’m right here, who are you?” One of the misconceptions of Kurt is that success destroyed him, but various accounts of the guy suggest he quite liked aspects of being famous, particularly the being rich bit. Also known as ‘Verse Chorus Verse’, ‘Sappy’ was popping up in Nirvana’s sets in the late ‘80s, but didn’t get an official release until it appeared on a 1993 AIDS benefit album called ‘No Alternative’. The final track on Nirvana’s final album (‘In Utero’) is comforting (“in the sun I feel as one”), insulting (“I wish I was like you, easily amused”) and doom-laden (“married, buried”) all at the same time. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. The sound is simple, edgy, dark, poppy, punky, troubled, dark, angry and fuelled by the unholy power that Kurt, Krist and Dave were able to conjure when they played together. Fucking. A track of legendary status thanks to all the monstrous live versions. 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. 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. And a video for the single release featuring Kurt in a dress. Why? As is so often the case with Kurt’s songs, a dark tale lurks within the poppy melodies, this time about a toxic romantic relationship: “And if you cut yourself you will think you’re happy, he’ll keep you in a jar, then you’ll make him happy”. Endino said no because he had, at the band’s instruction, recorded over it with something better. Although it was written at the same time as songs like ‘Drain You’, ‘Lithium’ and ‘Lounge Act, it makes sense that ‘Aneurysm’ was left off ‘Nevermind’. Fun fact: this and ‘Negative Creep’ are the only Nirvana songs that fade out, and ‘Pen Cap Chew’ does so because the band ran out of recording tape when they were in the studio in 1988. By Andy Beta rock and roll hall of fame 3/25/2019 Secondly because, as the band’s career proved, they are the greatest covers band of all time (discuss!). "Dive" is a song by the American rock band Nirvana, written by vocalist and guitarist Kurt Cobain. It rocks so hard. In this list, I will be ranking every song by Nirvana from best to worst (#1 being the best). — then we clash!) This, however, does not interest me in the least…” Ryan Clark knows what he’s talking about. Nirvana: Every Album Ranked And Rated. When Kurt Cobain got ahold of their first album he said, “It made me happier than playing in front of thousands of people each night.”, John Mayer and Dave Chappelle Sing Nirvana Jam, Grammy Hall of Fame Adds Music by David Bowie, Prince, and Nirvana, Other works include the Jackson 5’s “ABC,” Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock,” Billie Holiday’s, An Exhibition of Kurt Cobain’s Works, Art, and Possessions Is Being Planned, “He’s got some amazing canvases that a lot of the world has never seen or even heard of.”, See McCartney and Novoselic Do ‘Helter Skelter’, Beck, Nirvana Play Pre-Grammys Bowie Tribute, Yell or Wail Along to This Previously Unreleased 9-Minute Nirvana Demo. A ‘Bleach’ reject and, to be honest, you can hear why. As we mark the anniversary of Kurt's death, TOM HOWARD takes on the challenge of ranking every Nirvana song in order of greatness. Short and sweet and perfectly formed, it’s a little gem. Paul McCartney Is Getting Nirvana Back Together, Courtney Love Says the Nirvana Musical Is Off, “Sometimes it’s best to leave things alone.”, Courtney Love Is Reportedly Working on a Nirvana Broadway Musical, Hear Lana Del Rey Cover Nirvana’s ‘Heart-Shaped Box’. There’s no way you can stop yourself dancing when the thrash kicks in at 1.30. This, then, is the clearest indication of where Nirvana would’ve gone on their fourth album, had Kurt not died. … Kid gets dropped off at his Grandparents’ house, kid doesn’t want to be there, kid eats dinner, kid rides his bike, kid stubs his toe, kid has some ice cream, kid falls asleep, kid wakes up in his mother’s arms, kid finishes the song with: “Grandma take me home, I wanna be alone”. For a start the intro is too long (it takes 79 seconds for Kurt to kick in). Tweet. Another great example of Kurt sounding free and fun on someone else’s tune. 's The 20 Greatest Nirvana Songs - Ranked list, with Sam Law writing that it was "probably Nirvana’s greatest heads-down banger," and that "its 184 seconds feel guaranteed to light the fuse on every mosh within a 100-mile radius." In 2020, it was ranked 13th on Kerrang! Green Bay, WI, United States / Razor 94.7 104.7 - The Cutting Edge of Rock. Easily the chirpiest sounding song on ‘Nevermind’. ‘In Utero’ was, in fact, almost called ‘I Hate Myself And I Want To Die’, which would’ve been hilarious. This tune came out of a joint session between Nirvana and grunge band Screaming Trees, who got together to call themselves The Jury and sing some Leadbelly songs because they all loved him so much. 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.”. gimmie back my alcohol! A song with multiple interpretations. Evidence for this interpretation can be found in THIS comic strip that Kurt once drew. Still rocks though. There are no actual tunes in it, but it’s a good insight into Kurt’s mind when he was a 20-year-old man, and deemed an important enough artefact for Brett Morgen to name his 2015 film about Kurt after it. Here are two very different readings of this song. Seven and a half impromptu minutes of stream-of-consciousness weirdness over a Krist and Dave jam sesh recorded in January 1993 in Brazil, and plonked on the end of ‘In Utero’ as a secret track. 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. Pop perfection about stupid people who have bad jobs, no money, no friends, no lovelife and no hobbies and yet… are happy. One month later Kurt killed himself, so the track has a poignancy it possibly doesn’t deserve. In 2015, Rolling Stone ranked "Endless, Nameless" at number sixty on their ranking of all 102 Nirvana songs. Those lyrics, about the fans the band were attracting who were not entirely welcome by the band: “He’s the one/ Who like all our pretty songs/ And he likes to sing along / And he likes to shoot his gun / But he don’t know what it means”. © 2021 Vox Media, LLC. But whereas ‘YKYR’ is sarcastic, bitter and broding, ‘Do Re Mi’ is sweet and warm and Beatles-level melodic. gimmie back my alcohol! 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? Universal Confirms Nirvana, Elton John Recordings Were Damaged in Warehouse Fire. So that plan was scrapped, but somehow a very weird and hissy version turned up on ‘With The Lights Out’ boxset in 2004. Nirvana busted out this cover of Fang’s biggest tune five times in the summer of 1992, most famously at their Reading Festival headline set. And finally: “what they hell am I trying to say?” Classic Kurt. “If I could have thrown Soundgarden’s name in I would have,” he once said. And check out what Smear said about Kurt’s voice at the time, in a 2002 interview with nirvanaclub.com: “Kurt and I were suffering from bronchitis, and his voice was sooooo gone. A version was recorded on New Year’s Day in 1991 – Dave Grohl’s first time in the studio with Nirvana – that’s never been released. Raw frustration never sounded so good. I'm also including the songs on Incesticide and anything else I've heard. The name Japhy comes from the lead character of the Jack Kerouac book The Dharma Bums, which the song is based on. 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. "Spank Thru" is a song by the American rock band Nirvana, written by vocalist and guitarist Kurt Cobain. Cutter. All 318 Bruce Springsteen songs, ranked from worst to best (2017 update) Updated May 15, 2019; Posted Oct 03, 2017 By Bobby Olivier | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com They just tear it up in the studio and go home, and it sounds good. The results are absolutely wicked, of course. ‘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. "If You Must," With the Lights Out (2004) Cobain accidentally channels Bob Dylan on this dissonant waltz from their … The longest song on ‘Bleach’ is a sludgy and gruelling fuck you to authority, given a slightly tinny feel by the way-too-prominent use of the ride cymbal. Some sort of funk-metal mash-up from the early early early days that is both danceable and moshable, and fairly effortlessly morphs into a cover of Led Zeppelin’s 1969 monster ‘Moby Dick’. Then, in 1997, Courtney Love told Melody Maker that ‘Old Age’ was “partly someone else’s composition” but didn’t say who. ‘You Know You’re Right’ was played live for the first time on October 1993 in Chicago, then polished off at Nirvana’s final ever recording session in January 1994, with producer Robert Lang. Rocks extremely hard. 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