Wow. Is Nevermind really twenty years old? That is absolutely insane. I, unfortunately was not kicking out Nirvana’s tunes in the nineties while the filthy rockers were. It wasn’t until I was in my teens that I was introduced to Nirvana. Of course now I regret not being around when Nevermind was new or when Kurt passed away. It sucks, but it was out of my hands. Kurt didn’t leave behind a bunch of albums with his name in the linear notes. He left behind a legacy and, just as it should be, his legacy is becoming legend. It was just a few days ago that Nevermind reached it’s 20th anniversary. Wow. Insane.
This morning I would like to stray from my usual morning playlist and do something a little different. Today, I will have a few songs off of Nevermind, followed by a modern band (or two) covering said song and a description of how I feel about the song. How’s that sound? If it doesn’t sound good, fuck off. Check it out and enjoy.
~R. Gnarly//Come As You Are.
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” is quite possibly one of the best rock anthems of the ’90s. This song is fun, melodic and made absolutely no sense to anyone but Kurt, I feel. While this may have been one of the band’s most popular songs and one of the most to be played on the radio, I never let this song define the band that I love so much. It is, however a great song. Below you can check out the original version followed by a cover by the gothic band The Wounded and one by the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain. Both are very different from the original version of the song, but both express the true meaning of the song: freedom.
My personal favorite track on Nevermind would have to be “Territorial Pissings.” It has such a crunch to it as well as a rebellious attitude. This song was one of the first that I listened to when I got Nevermind. This song started off with a reference to an old Chet Powers song before bursting into pure chaos. One of the best three-chord sequences ever written. I still listen to it and I still play it myself. It’s an amazing track. Below you can check out the original as well as two covers by two more very different bands.
“Lounge Act” is another one of my favorite tracks on Nevermind not because it’s one of the heavier or catchier songs but because it just spoke to me for some reason. Don’t get me wrong, it is catchy and I always catchy myself singing along with it any time I hear it. I absolutely love that heavy bass line. This is definitely more of an anthem, similar to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and it is songs like this that make me love Nirvana more and more every time I listen to songs like this. This song, as far as I know, hasn’t been covered as many times as some others, but one recent cover that surfaced was Evile, the English thrash band, which is pretty amazing in my opinion. I think these guys did a fantastic job in taking such an amazing song and throwing in their own style to make it their own. Check it out.
There are so many other great songs on Nevermind and I could literally spend hours writing about this album, but unfortunately I have to go to work soon so I will leave this with a few more tracks off of Nevermind followed by a few more interesting covers. I hope you have enjoyed this because I know I have. This is one of my favorite albums of all time and it still gets listened to throughout my house quite often. Until next time.