Nirvana's "Come As You Are," the swing version

"I turned Nirvana's "Come As You Are" into an old-fashioned swing tune and now I hate myself," writes the creator. Don't beat yourself up too much; old-timey Nirvana is kinda catchy! Read the rest

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" performed in the original Classical Latin

Oclectáte, nunc híc sumus! Read the rest

Nirvana playing 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' one week before it was released (1991)

Nirvana's breakthrough album Nevermind was released September 24, 1991. Just a week earlier, on September 16, the band played a 45-minute set at Beehive Records in Seattle. Lines to get in went around the block.

According to the biography Heavier than Heaven, it was the first time Kurt Cobain realized that the band was rising in popularity, and that fame was at his doorstep:

Two days later, Nirvana held an “in-store” at Beehive Records. DGC expected about 50 patrons, but when over 200 kids were lined up by two in the afternoon — for an event scheduled to start at seven — it began to dawn on them that perhaps the band’s popularity was greater than first thought. Kurt had decided that rather than simply sign albums and shake people’s hands — the usual business of an in-store — Nirvana would play. When he saw the line at the store that afternoon, it marked the first time he was heard to utter the words “holy shit” in response to his popularity. The band retreated to the Blue Moon Tavern and began drinking, but when they looked out the window and saw dozens of fans looking in, they felt like they were in the movie A Hard Day’s Night. When the show began, Beehive was so crowded that kids were standing on racks of albums and sawhorses had to be lined up in front of the store’s glass windows to protect them. Nirvana played a 45-minute set — performing on the store floor — until the crowd began smashing into the band like the pep rally in the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video.

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Watch Weezer's Rivers Cuomo piano cover of Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped box"

Island in the Zoom is Weezer singer/guitarist Rivers Cuomo's online hangout during the COVID-19 lockdown. Above is his Saturday piano performance of Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box." Read the rest

A 7th grader's a cappella cover of Nirvana's Nevermind... all of it

In the mid-1990s, a 7th grader named Tom Clark gifted his buddy a cassette containing his cover of Nirvana's then-new album Nevermind. All of it. A cappella. In 2008, the recipient released the cassette to the world. Above is Tom Clark's "Nevermind" and the story is below:

so i got a little story for you. early to mid nineties. i am in 7th grade. art class. you know how you really get to know the other 3 or 5 people at yr table. you become friends. well, this young gent and i had a passion for a little underground band-then known as nirvana.

at some point i lent this lad a random mixtape i had lying around. it probably had bad rock music on it. he lost the tape...

to repay me...FOR SOME REASON HE THOUGHT THAT HE WOULD MAKE ME A TAPE OF HIMSELF SINGING THE ENTIRE ALBUM 'NEVERMIND' BY NIRVANA---a cappella STYLE!!!

...recorded in a karoake machine...complete with puberty-filled voice cracking and occasional incorrect lyrics. pause and record style editing.

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Friend of Kurt Cobain's shares early Nirvana demo tapes

Between 1988 and 1990, Tacoma musician John Purkey says Kurt Cobain gave him demo tapes. Now, he's shared those early Nirvana cassettes on YouTube.

Spin reports:

One tape includes Bleach demos recorded during the band’s first ever session in 1988 at Reciprocal Studios in Seattle, with Melvins drummer Dale Crover on the drums. Another features Nevermind demos recorded with Crover’s short-lived replacement Chad Channing, who left the band during the making of the project and was replaced by Dave Grohl.

The audio is raw, and many of the demos have seen the light of day via the numerous Nirvana compilations released after Cobain’s death, but the collection and backstory is interesting. Purkey played in several Tacoma bands during Nirvana’s early years and watched the band develop from scratch. He kept the cassettes in a metal box, hidden inside a second metal box, for years, he says in an accompanying video.

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Watch "Smells Like Teen Spirit" performed by 1000 people

Rockin'1000, who claim to be "the biggest rock band on Earth," performs Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in Cesena, Italy.

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Nirvana cover of "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

On March 19, 1988, Nirvana played Tacoma, Washington's Community World Theater and performed this fantastic, gritty cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising." The song first appeared on CCR's masterpiece, Green River, in 1969. That version is below. According to CCR's John Fogerty, the song is about "the apocalypse that was going to be visited upon us."

"It wasn't until the band was learning the song that I realized the dichotomy," Fogerty told Rolling Stone in 1993. "Here you got this song with all these hurricanes and blowing and raging ruin and all that, but it's [snaps fingers] "I see a bad moon rising." It's a happy-sounding tune, right? It didn't bother me at the time."

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Watch Nirvana play "Smells Like Teen Spirit" two days after 'Nevermind' release

On September 26, 1991, Nirvana performed "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at The Moon, a small club in New Haven, Connecticut. This was two days after the release of Nevermind and moments before punk broke (down). Read the rest

Video montage of Kurt Cobain's visual art

"Aberdeen" is a montage of journal doodles and visual art, including animated excerpts from the documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.

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"Smells Like Teen Spirit" played on a Korean gayageum

Luna Lee plays Nirvana on an ancient, traditional Korean instrument called the gayageum.

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New photos from the scene of Kurt Cobain's suicide

UPDATE: Ooops, these photos were released in 2014.

Last year, the Seattle Police Department released several dozen newly-developed photos from the scene of Kurt Cobain's 1994 suicide. The police processed the film as part of a recent reinvestigation into Cobain's death. According to detective Mike Ciesynski, there is still no basis in conspiracy theories that Cobain was murdered.

Ciesynzki says that they will not release any graphic images of Cobain's body.

"What are people going to gain from seeing pictures of Kurt Cobain laying on the ground with his hair blown back, with blood coming out of his nose and trauma to his eyes from a penetrating shotgun wound," he told KIRO-TV. "How's that going to benefit anybody?"

"Dozens of new photos released from Kurt Cobain death probe" (CBS News)

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Rad jazz cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

The Sunji Lee Quintet plays Nirvana. Far out! Read the rest

Listen to Kurt Cobain's pre-Nirvana band from 1985

Please to enjoy Fecal Matter, featuring an 18-year-old Kurt Cobain, Greg Hokanson, and Dale Crover (later of The Melvins). This demo tape is titled "Illiteracy Will Prevail." Fecal Matter (Wikipedia)

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Inadvertent "Smells Like Teen Spirit" tribute

A falling shovel recreates Nirvana's distinct opening. (via Vice) Read the rest

Video: Nirvana's first live performance of "Teen Spirit," 22 years ago today

Twenty-two years ago today, Nirvana played "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for the first time in public.

Kurt Cobain's birthday: "Where Did You Sleep Last Night"

Happy birthday, Kurt Cobain.

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