Throwback: Nirvana – MTV Unplugged

February 1, 2011

Damn, what happened to the interesting musicians?  The best we have today is Lady Gaga, who is more known for her outfits than anything she has ever said or any music she has ever created for that matter.  Nirvana’s studio albums sound dated today, but this album is absolutely timeless.  Kurt was an absolutely fantastic performer and IMO he gets more mileage out of these covers (about half of the album is covers) than he would out of performing Nirvana’s “hits” (though “Come As You Are” and “All Apologies” are on here).

It’s funny that he covers Bowie, as they were both dynamic personalities*, even though I love Bowie’s music/hate him as a person and love Cobain as a person/am so-so on his music for the most part.  I wonder what Nirvana’s legacy would have been if Kurt didn’t die**?  Something interesting I was reading from Chuck Klosterman was that our collective hindsight generally forgets that Nirvana was plunging out of public favor and was less popular than Pearl Jam before Cobain died.  My guess is that Nirvana would have remained critical darlings and become a cult band, something like the career of The Clash.  Hipsters today would love Nirvana (right today they’re fairly indifferent or dislike them if anything).

Some interesting reading for your Tuesday:  Kurt’s rant in the liner notes of Insesticide and David Bowie’s infamous 1976 Playboy interview (long but incredibly interesting and revealing).

DL:  Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World (David Bowie cover) (224 kbps)

DL:  Nirvana – Lake of Fire (Meat Puppets cover) (224 kbps)

DL:  Nirvana – Where Did You Sleep Last Night (Lead Belly cover) (224 kbps)


DL:  David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World (320 kbps)

*  I mean all musicians are fuckups to a degree, but at least they were interesting fuckups (unlike say…Axl Rose)

**  “Wasn’t murdered”



  1. nirvana hated pearl jam

  2. And?

  3. pearl jam is way better, you should review their live at msg dvd/cd from 2003 or their acoustic set list

  4. […] Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World […]

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