Unplugged: Season 4, Episode 13

Nirvana (16 Dec. 1993)

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amazingly moving, the best unplugged show mtv has produced
12 March 2004 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

mtv unplugged's best show ever. everyone was wondering about it, though. would nirvana, the leaders of grunge (no matter how much kurt hated it) and one of the loudest, grittiest bands of the 90s, be able to play acoustic? take away the drowning out of drums and guitars?

of course.

honestly, what can be said about this performance that already hasn't been said? it was amazing to watch. i couldn't be pulled away from the screen and only wished that i could have seen it in person, really been there. but anyway, i loved how nirvana could strip away a lot of the noise that most of their songs are composed of (which i love) and get it down to the simple sound of acoustic guitars and quiet drums (which i love even more). kurt, as always, kept the audience's attention with his growling voice and emotional, and sometimes (most times) painful, looks on his face. i also enjoyed just watching him play his guitar since right now i'm learning how to myself.

the surprising part about this show was that you were expecting a lot of their biggest hits to be played, yet about half the time they were doing renditions of songs (very good renditions, i might add). they picked songs from the meatpuppets (who guest appeared), david bowie, and ledbelly. i'm so glad they decided not to do smells like teen spirit. i like the song, but it sounded a lot better without it.

favorite parts: rendition on The Man Who Sold The World (one of my favorite songs)

ending of Where Did You Sleep Last Night (geez, who didnt get chills?). the voice, the way he looked up at the audience for a split second before he ended the song (as someone on another mtv show said, that was kinda his "i'm done" look), the quiet sigh after that cry (that wasn't supposed to rhyme but i can't think of any other way to put it). it raises the hairs on your neck, i swear.

while someone's tuning a guitar: kurt says,"I thought we were a big, rich, rock band. We should have a whole bunch of extra guitars." (audience laughs)

solo performance of Pennyroyal Tea

at the beginning of The Man Who Sold The World kurt says, "I guarentee you i will screw this song up" and then when he's done he says in a happy, surprised voice "I didn't screw it up, did i?"

performance of plateau (i love the sound of his voice when he's trying to hit those notes)

None of those were in order. but yeah, basically the show was awesome and anyone who hasn't seen it definately should. even if your not the biggest nirvana fan, you'll enjoy it.

i rated it a 10.

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