Unplugged: Season 4, Episode 13

Nirvana (16 Dec. 1993)

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Kurt Cobain: [referring to the band The Meatpuppets who have just joined Nirvana onstage] What are they tuning, a harp? I thought we were a big rich rock band. We should have a whole bunch of extra guitars.
Musician: You should go tell that to the I.R.S.!
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All in all, it's all they were
6 October 2007 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

In grunge Pearl Jam had 10, the Stone Temple Pilots had Core, Soundgarden had Superunknown and Nirvana had the classic Nevermind. On 18th November 1993 they recorded an Unplugged video for MTV which became, to my ears anyway, their best - and last – album in 1994.

It was just an acoustic concert showcasing some of singer Kurt Cobain's finest downbeat songs and a couple of downbeat covers. What of course made it so poignant was Cobain's apparent suicide 5 months later at 27 years old – MTV (when it used to play music) reflecting the trauma for a generation of kids ran the video every day for months … years! That generation has moved on and succeeding generations are as little moved by Nirvana as by the Beatles, so fast is fashion. It was a very relaxed professional set and showed an unknown side of the band to the world; highlights include About A Girl, Come As You Are, the sublime On A Plain, and of course the gravely enigmatic All Apologies – which became their unwitting epitaph. I wonder how Smells Like Teen Spirit would've sounded? Drummer Grohl moved on afterwards and surprised us all with the consistent success of the Foo Fighters, while bassist Novoselic went into rather desultory but well meaning politics.

Not everyone's cup of Pennyroyal tea of course, to me this excellent show sums up a musical era and I still watch/listen to it regularly.

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