Jigsaw Puzzles for Nirvana’s Two Most Classic Albums Are Coming

A pair of 500-piece puzzles will commemorate Nirvana‘s Nevermind and In Utero albums later this year, as the front covers of the two grunge classics are emblazoned across the latest tabletop creations in Zee Productions’ “Rock Saws” line. They each arrive Sept. 4, and they’re available for pre-order now.

The official jigsaw puzzles are part of the growing collection based on memorable rock and metal releases. Last year, “Rock Saws” saw the addition of puzzles for albums by Iron Maiden, Slayer and more. Four Metallica puzzles soon followed. Earlier this year, Ghost and Alice Cooper album cover puzzles emerged.

Take a look at the two Nirvana puzzles down toward the bottom of this post.

That’s just the start of Zee Productions’ toy tribute to Nirvana, however. A couple of more jigsaw puzzles sporting the act’s sleeves will follow the release of the 500-piece Nevermind and In Utero sets.

On Sept. 4, a 1000-piece version of the Nevermind puzzle will emerge. On Oct. 10, 500-piece jigsaw puzzles for Nirvana’s Incesticide, MTV Unplugged in New York and From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah arrive.

Not interested in a Nirvana puzzle? Fear not, there’s plenty of other “Rock Saws” to go around. Puzzles for albums by AC/DC, David Bowie, Def Leppard, The Doors, Elton John, Guns N’ Roses, KISS, Judas Priest, Motley Crue, Motorhead, Pantera, Queen, Ramones, Rush, Scorpions, Sex Pistols, Status Quo and The Who are also available.

Check out the upcoming Nirvana jigsaw puzzles and the other “Rock Saws” puzzles here.

Nirvana Album Cover Jigsaw Puzzle, Nevermind

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Nirvana Album Cover Jigsaw Puzzle, In Utero

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Kurt Cobain’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ Guitar Sells for $6 Million

The guitar used by Kurt Cobain during Nirvana’s iconic MTV Unplugged show in 1993 sold at auction for over $6 million, breaking five records in the process.

The limited-edition Martin D-18E, made in 1959, became the world’s most expensive guitar, the most expensive acoustic guitar, the most expensive Martin guitar, the most expensive piece of memorabilia and most expensive Nirvana memorabilia after Rode Microphones founder Peter Freedman bid $6,010,000 in a Julien’s Auctions sale on Saturday.

The conclusion of the guitar auction, which you can watch below, shows a hammer price as $5 million; however, the final amount includes the buyer’s premium.

The lot included the guitar, a hard case, some strings, three picks and a set of three lapel pins found in a velvet pouch. During the same auction, a signed Nevermind posted sold for $56,000; the camera and pictures shot for a magazine feature sold for $35,000; and several Nirvana backstage passes sold for $512 each.

Afterward, Freedman said he planned to exhibit the instrument all over the world in an attempt to help the music industry recover from the coronavirus lockdown. “When I heard that this iconic guitar was up for auction, I immediately knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure it and use it as a vehicle to spotlight the struggles that those in the performing arts are facing and have always faced,” he explained (via Blabbermouth).

“For most, access to financial and health services — particularly mental health services — is very limited. While many industries are gradually returning to normal, it’s going to take a long time before this industry can begin functioning as it was. The toll this has taken and will continue to take is enormous and requires more than just lip service. It requires action now, and I am a man of action.”

A listing on the Julien’s Auctions site states, “Twenty-six years later, Cobain’s MTV Unplugged performance remains the definitive self-portrait of a generation’s most transformative artist. Cobain’s Martin D-18E guitar survives as the most recognizable and important artifact, not only of Cobain’s MTV Unplugged performance, but of Cobain as an artist.

“Cobain was known for smashing guitars on stage and wreaking havoc with instruments used by the band in their live performances,” the description continues. “In contrast, after driving the last song of their MTV Unplugged performance with a primal howling, Cobain held his Martin D-18E guitar with reverence. Ultimately, he placed the guitar carefully back on its stand — almost as a stand-in for himself — and left it center stage as he walked away.”

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Kurt Cobain’s Nirvana ‘MTV Unplugged’ Guitar Sells for $6 Million

There’s a new record holder for Julien’s Auctions, as Nirvana‘s frontman Kurt Cobain‘s MTV Unplugged guitar from Nirvana’s classic session just sold for $6.01 million at a weekend auction.

Peter Freedman of RØDE Microphones made the winning bid, which set a world record for the most expensive guitar sold at auction, besting the previous record holder, which was a Stratocaster owned by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour that went for $3.95 million. The item was also the world’s most expensive acoustic guitar, the world’s most expensive Martin guitar, the world’s most expensive piece of memorabilia and the world’s most expensive Nirvana memorabilia.

Mr. Freedman plans to display the guitar in a worldwide tour of exhibitions to be held in distinguished galleries and art spaces, with all proceeds going to the performing arts.

“When I heard that this iconic guitar was up for auction, I immediately knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure it and use it as a vehicle to spotlight the struggles that those in the performing arts are facing and have always faced,” said Freedman. “The global arts industry has been shattered by the impact of COVID-19, with musicians and artists being amongst the most affected. The last few months were the straw that broke the camel’s back, and for many in the arts brought forth the harsh reality that they work in an industry for which there is little support in times of need.”

He continued, “For most, access to financial and health services – particularly mental health services – is very limited. While many industries are gradually returning to normal, it’s going to take a long time before this industry can begin functioning as it was. The toll this has taken and will continue to take is enormous and requires more than just lip service. It requires action now, and I am a man of action.”

Peter Freedman With Kurt Cobain’s MTV Unplugged Guitar

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In addition to being played at the MTV Unplugged session, Cobain also used the 1959 Martin D-18E guitar on a handful of tour dates. The instrument had been modified for the left-handed Cobain. The guitar came with its original hard-shell case that Cobain had adorned with a flyer for the band Poison Idea’s 1990 album Feel the Darkness. Inside the case was a half-used pack of Martin guitar strings, three picks and a “suede ‘stash’ bag” that’s decorated with a small silver spoon, fork and knife. There were initially four $1 million online bids in the week prior to the auction, but Freedman easily eclipsed that total with his final bid.

“Nirvana’s Unplugged is one of my favorite records of all time,” said Freedman, “and easily one of the best live performances ever captured on film. They were a huge influence on me; the early-90s were RØDE’s formative years, and Nirvana’s music was very much the soundtrack to that time in my life and that era of the company.”

“This important guitar has earned its rightful place in rock & roll history as the instrument played by one of rock’s most influential musicians and icons in one of the greatest and most memorable live performances of all time,” stated Darren Julien, president and CEO of the auction house.

There were other Nirvana items sold as well, with a Curt Kirkwood handwritten lyrics sheet for the Meat Puppets song “Oh, Me,” which went for $5,760. A typed set list from the MTV Unplugged performance went for $10,240. Nirvana’s typed-out lyrics for David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World” and Meat Puppets’ “Lake of Fire,” which Nirvana covered during the performance, sold for $5,120. A letter to Cobain from Nirvana’s management company outlining potential tracks to perform at the gig went for $5.760.

As teased earlier in the week, there was also a set of photos from Nirvana’s Spin 1992 cover shoot that were auctioned. The package included the camera used from photographer Greg Watermann during the photo shoot as well as the transfer of the copyright of the photos. That lot sold for $35,200.

Julien’s Auctions has broken world records with the sale of Kurt Cobain’s memorabilia, including Cobain’s cardigan worn on MTV Unplugged, which sold for a record $334,000, his In Utero tour Fender Mustang guitar which sold for $340,000, his cardigan worn on his last photoshoot which sold for $75,000 and a Nirvana paper plate set list written in Cobain’s handwriting which sold for a record $22,400.

Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged Live in New York debuted at No. 1, arriving just seven months after Cobain’s death. It received the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance.

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A.I. Bot Writes a Nirvana Song From Band’s Lyrics

Kurt Cobain may be gone, but is there something to be learned from his songwriting? YouTuber Funk Turkey (real name Kirt Connor) has been gaining some notoriety of late providing catalogs of lyrics from popular bands and seeing what artificial intelligence will spit out for a newly constructed song. His latest A.I. song project features the words of Nirvana, reconstructed to create the song “Smother.”

“Using lyrics.rip to scrape the Genius Lyrics Database, I made a Markov Chain write Nirvana lyrics,” says Funk Turkey, who previously used A.I. to create AC/DC and Metallica songs. “This is the end result- ‘Smother.'” With the Markov Chain then spitting out the new lyrics, Funk Turkey then set about creating a song around the words.

As for the lyrics to “Smother,” like previous attempts it’s a little jumbled, pulling out some familiar lyrical phrases while mashing other frequently used words together. The song starts, “I learned to shoot his gun / Truth covered in security / But I think I’m having fun / I’ll wear this gazeless stare and when / This friend you face to prove / I could eat your heart-shaped box for food.

Meanwhile, the chorus, sounding very similar to the “About a Girl” musical structure, comes out, “He said I know you’re right / You never lost control / In the pines where did you smother me?

Funk Turkey performed all the music and vocals, mixed and mastered the song in his kitchen on “a sparkly red cheap Stratocaster, a crappy mic and an old copy of ProTools.” While guitar and bass were played live, Funk Turkey admitted, “Percussion is Superior Drummer 2. I know Dave Grohl hates computer drums but it’s the best thing I got, soooo…. Sorry Dave. I still love you.”

The video featuring the A.I.-created Nirvana lyrics was closing in on 134,000 views at press time. Fans, of course, left their reactions in the comments section. One wrote, “I know it’s a Nirvana song, because he mentions meat out of nowhere.” Another offered, “I’ll wear this gazeless stare. Man if thats not a mood I don’t know what is.” Yet another suggested, “If Kurt could see this, he’d be laughing his ass off.”

Have a listen below and see what you think. Meanwhile, fans were encouraged to pre-save the song on Spotify by Funk Turkey.

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Listen to a Nirvana Song Written by a Bot

Funk Turkey, the YouTuber who gained attention by creating “new” songs by classic artists with the help of artificial intelligence, has released a track in the style of Nirvana.

Titled “Smother,” it features lyrics written by a bot after it was given access to the band’s full catalog of words and identified the leading themes. Funk Turkey – whose real name Kirt Connor – then added music and vocals in his kitchen, resulting in the “NirvanAI” piece, which you can listen to below.

Like the Metallica-style track “Deliverance Rides” and the AC/DC-inspired “Great Balls,” the Nirvana-like lyrics churned out by the Markov chain system contain some unconvincing phrases along with ones that could have been written by the original artist.

In the case of “Smother” the chorus appears to ring true: “He said I know you’re right / You never lost control / In the pines where did you smother me.” Noting that everything was recorded live except the percussion, Funk Turkey said, “I know Dave Grohl hates computer drums, but it’s the best thing I got, soooo … . Sorry, Dave. I still love you.”

“It’s like hearing every Nirvana song in just three minutes,” one follower commented, while another noted, “‘I’ll wear this gazeless stare.’ Man, if that’s not a mood I don’t know what is.”

Another offered a real-life analysis of the song’s potential meaning. “I think that ghost Kurt [Cobain] wrote this about consumerism and the general brainwashing of the masses,” he wrote. “‘Truth covered in security’ is a genuinely meaningful lyric. It shows that we are told these things to keep us in check. So we don’t get smart enough to know better. In the context of this song, the narrator seems to be the only person aware of this. He is talking to someone else trying to snap them out of the haze of this ‘security,’ but they have been smothered by our corporate overlords.”

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Nirvana’s 1992 Spin Cover Shoot Photos to Be Auctioned

The year was 1992 and grunge’s coronation came as Nirvana‘s Nevermind knocked Michael Jackson‘s Dangerous album out of the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. Coinciding with the chart feat, Nirvana appeared on the cover of Spin magazine’s New Music Issue. Now, fast forward to present day and a photo package from that shoot is hitting the auction block at Julien’s Auctions.

Music photographer Greg Watermann is teaming with Julien’s Auctions, making available everything from his archive from the shoot. The winning bidder will receive one hundred original color slides and black-and-white negatives, every photo published plus the outtakes, the original contact sheets, signed analog gallery prints, copies of the 1992 Spin magazine and even the Hasselblad camera that Waterman used for the shoot. In addition, he’ll transfer the full copyright of the images to the winning bidder.

Nirvana’s Spin Cover + Article With Photo

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Kurt Cobain and Nirvana left a lasting impression on the music world that will never be matched. Greg Watermann was one of the few photographers who were there to capture the moment in time with the band for this photoshoot. This camera, negatives, and copyrights that are being sold in our Music Icons auction are likely to be a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Darren Julien, President and CEO of Julien’s Auctions.

At press time, the current bid was at $9,000, with the estimate for the lot ranging anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000.

Julien’s Auctions will hold a two-day “Music Icons” auction event at 10AM PT this Friday and Saturday (June 19-20). For more details on the Nirvana Spin photo shoot lot, check here and to learn how to register and place bids for the auction, head here.

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10 Facts About Nirvana’s ‘Bleach’ Only Superfans Would Know

Nirvana are often cited as the band that ignited “grunge” with their 1991 album Nevermind. This wasn’t their first album, however —their debut, Bleach, was released two years earlier on June 15.

Just as Bleach isn’t home to their more iconic songs such as “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “In Bloom,” the lineup behind the album wasn’t the one they’re most associated with either. Before Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic mostly worked with drummer Chad Channing on the album.

To commemorate the album’s 31st anniversary, here are 10 other facts you may not know about Nirvana’s Bleach. 

1. Sub Pop had only asked for an EP.

Nirvana’s first-ever single was a cover of a song called “Love Buzz” by a Dutch band called Shocking Blue. Sub Pop released the single in 1988, and asked for an EP from the band to follow. However, they were ready to put out a full album. A slightly different version of “Love Buzz” appeared on the album.

2. Cobain said Sub Pop was pushing the “grunge sound.”

According to Michael Azerrad’s Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana, Cobain said Sub Pop was really pushing the Seattle grunge sound. He felt pressure to adhere to it, so he scrapped any poppy song ideas he had.

3. Thus, the lyrics sounded angry.

Cobain told Spin in 1993 that he “didn’t give a flying fuck what the lyrics were about” when he wrote the songs for Bleach, which he did while he was “pissed off” the night before they started recording. “Let’s just scream negative lyrics, and as long as they’re not sexist and don’t get too embarrassing it’ll be okay,” he explained further. “I don’t hold any of those lyrics dear to me.”

He also told Sounds Magazine that a lot of the lyrics on the album were inspired by his life in Aberdeen, Wash.

4. An AIDS Prevention poster inspired the name.

Bleach‘s working title was originally Too Many Humans. Cobain changed it when he saw a poster for AIDS prevention in San Francisco, which advised heroin users to bleach their needles prior to inserting them.

5. “Big Long Now” was originally supposed to be on it.

The track “Big Long Now,” which was released on their 1992 compilation album Incesticide, was originally written and recorded for Bleach. Cobain, however, didn’t want another “slow heavy” song on the album, as mentioned in Gillian G. Gaar’s Verse Chorus Verse: The Recording History of Nirvana.

6. A surprising combination of artists partly influenced its sound.

Before the group even began recording Bleach, they had a tape they often listened to together in their van — one side had the Smithereens, the other had Celtic Frost. “That tape was always getting played, turned over and over again. I think back now and go, ‘Yeah, maybe that was an influence,'” Novoselic told Rolling Stone in 2001.

7. Several drummers played on it.

Though Grohl is primarily known as Nirvana’s drummer, he didn’t join the group until 1990. They had the Melvins drummer Dale Crover play on three of the album’s songs initially — “Floyd the Barber,” “Paper Cuts,” and “Downer.” When they hired Channing on drums instead, they intended to re-record the songs with him playing, but ultimately decided to remix Crover’s versions instead. Therefore, Crover and Channing are both credited as having played drums on Bleach. 

8. Jason Everman funded it.

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A guitarist named Jason Everman was a fan of Nirvana’s demo tape, and paid the $606.17 in recording time spent on Bleach that producer Jack Endino billed the band for. Nirvana ended up recruiting Everman as their second guitarist, gave him credits on the album and featured him on the cover — though he didn’t actually work on the album with the band at all.

“We just wanted to make him feel at home in the band,” Novoselic said, as noted in Azerrad’s book. After Everman left Nirvana, he briefly joined Soundgarden on bass.

9. The font used accidentally became their band logo.

A photo of Cobain, Novoselic, Channing and Everman performing was taken at the Reko/Muse Art Gallery in Olympia, Wash. by Cobain’s girlfriend at the time, Tracy Marander. Graphic designer Lisa Orth made the photo look inverted for the album’s cover. Grant Alden chose the font Onyx for the words on the cover, and that ended up being the font used in the band’s iconic logo.

10. It’s Sub Pop’s best-selling record of all time.

Prior to the release of 1991’s Nevermind, Bleach had only sold 40,000 copies in the U.S. and had not charted. Geffen Records decided to put out an international re-release of Bleach after seeing the success of its follow-up, and it peaked at No. 89 on the Billboard 200. At 1.9 million copies sold as of today, Bleach is Sub Pop’s best-selling album of all time.

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See Teenage Chester Bennington Sing Nirvana’s ‘Polly’

Nirvana were one of those bands that had such a large impact that just about everyone has covered at least one song from their catalog. While not an actual cover, Grey Daze have posted a video of a teenage Chester Bennington singing Nirvana’s “Polly.”

The video shows a group of people sitting around and jamming, with a curly-haired Bennington nodding and singing along to the song, which was featured on Nirvana’s legendary 1991 album Nevermind. Watch the clip below.

Grey Daze are the band that Bennington was in prior to Linkin Park. With two releases in the ’90s, the group has another album — Amends — on the way, which features reworked tracks that the late vocalist sang on, as well as a star-studded lineup of guest appearances. The release is slated for June 26 via Loma Vista Recordings.

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Constructing the Perfect Rock Record

First, much respect to bands who meticulously construct their albums to provide a great listening experience. Albums can be sequenced thematically to help tell a story, or artists may simply choose to try to make things flow, finding the perfect balance of heavy and soft, making sure not to have too much repetition while keeping the listener engaged throughout. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a record that flows thematically and stylistically.

For this exercise, we take on something larger in scope, attempting to create the perfect rock record while using the blueprint already laid out by rock artists track by track over the decades. We break down the best Track 1s, Track 2s, Track 3s and so on, then try to construct one great rock listen from top to bottom.

It’s a more difficult task than you might suspect and is open to personal preference. This one is ours, attempting to weave a rock album filled with classic cuts, putting our focus primarily on the flow rather than attempting to weave themes together, though there are moments where that happily works out.

A few points of interest came up during this exercise, noting how many acts front load their records with the best songs. This was particularly true with Track 1, which is the first impression listeners will get of your new music. Therefore, there’s a wealth of stellar choices to select from in picking a Track 1.

Tracks 5 and 6 are also particularly strong, especially for older cuts given how most albums were composed of Side A and Side B and bands wanted to start Side B strong. This became less essential once CDs and eventually digital music became the primary platform, eschewing vinyl.

The other interesting point of note was the abundance of rock power ballads in the latter portion of records. They provide a nice change of pace, especially when interest may start to wane.

So, join us as we share our Perfect Rock Record, and try to construct your own if you enjoy the exercise. If you’d like to hear our “Perfect Rock Record” in full, check here.

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‘Nirvana: MTV Unplugged’ Guitar Estimated to Sell for $1 Million

Nirvana‘s MTV Unplugged performance is one of the essential music television presentations of the ’90s, and now you have the chance to own the guitar from that iconic show played by Kurt Cobain.

The singer’s 1959 Martin D-18E that he performed on during the live taping back in 1993 is the centerpiece of Julien’s Auctions upcoming “Music Icons” auction, taking place June 19 and 20 in Beverly Hills, California.

According to the auction description for the instrument, the 1959 Martin D-18E guitar was the only guitar he used throughout the entire MTV Unplugged performance. Cobain purchased this vintage Martin guitar and its vintage hardshell case at Voltage Guitar in Los Angeles. Both the guitar and its case were personally customized prior to his MTV appearance and the set are being offered together in this auction, along with three Dunlop guitar picks, a partial set of Martin & Co. guitar strings and other accessories.

Cobain’s guitar and his sweater (which has been auctioned in the past) remain the two hottest items from the classic MTV Unplugged performance. The guitar is estimated to start at $1 million. Prior to the sale, the guitar will be on display at the Hard Rock Cafe in Piccadilly Circus, London, May 15-31, and at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, June 15-19.

Other items of note being auctioned during the Julien’s Music Icons auction event include Prince’s custom-made 1984 blue cloud guitar, a rare page of Paul McCartney handwritten lyrics for “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, Jim Morrison’s “Paris Journal,” filled with his thoughts and poems, Michael Jackson’s black loafers and an MTV Moonman trophy for “Leave Me Alone,” a number of Johnny Cash items including his Yamaha baby grand piano and some Elvis Presley jewelry and belt buckles.

Items from Steely Dan, Phil Lesh, Madonna, The Police, David Bowie, Eddie Van Halen, Whitney Houston, Sonny & Cher, Mick Jagger, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Freddie Mercury and Elton John among others will also go on the auction block.

Learn more about the upcoming auction and the items involved via Julian’s Auctions.

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Watch Post Malone + Travis Barker Play 15 Nirvana Cover Songs

Post Malone‘s at-home COVID-19 relief benefit show with Blink-182‘s Travis Barker featured a total of 15 Nirvana cover songs and can now be viewed in it’s entirety at the bottom of this page.

The two were flanked by bassist Brian Lee and guitarist Nick Mac as they tore through a set that, surprisingly, did not include “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Malone and Lee both wore flower-print dresses as a tribute to the late Kurt Cobain and opened the 77-minute live stream with the In Utero cut “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle.”

The performance drew praise from Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, who expressed his appreciation on Twitter a handful of times while the show was happening.

“So proud of Post Malone and crew,” wrote the bass player, who shared an old photo of the group.

“I don’t think these fellows could play any better,” he wrote a few minutes later, exclaiming, “They are on fire!!!!”

Fans engaged with Novoselic while the covers set, expressing their gratitude for Nirvana’s music while relaying how exciting it was to see these songs performed live. Touched, Novoselic tweeted, “Hello!!!!!! I love you all!!!! I am holding emotions back the whole show.”

As stated earlier, this performance was held as a COVID-19 benefit, with proceeds going to the United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization (WHO). Google agreed to match all donations at 2:1 rate up to $5 million. As of press time, the benefit raised over $2.7 million dollars.

The complete set list can also be viewed beneath the video below.

Post Malone’s Nirvana Tribute + COVID-19 Relief Show With Travis Barker

Post Malone’s Nirvana Covers Set List

01. “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle”
02. “Drain You”
03. “Come As You Are”
04. “Lounge Act”
05. “School”
06. “Heart-Shaped Box”
07. “Something In The Way”
08. “About A Girl”
09. “Stay Away”
10. “Lithium”
11. “Breed”
12. “On A Plain”
13. “Very Ape”
14. “Territorial Pissings”
15. “In Bloom”

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Watch Post Malone Cover 15 Nirvana Songs While Locked Down

Last night, rapper and Ozzy Osbourne collaborator Post Malone got together with some friends and became a Nirvana tribute band while raising money for the United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization.

The 75-minute set opened with “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle” and was a collection of obscurities and hits, although neither “Smells Like Teen Spirit” nor “All Apologies” was played. Malone admitted that this was probably “my first performance without auto-tune… Everyone knows I can’t sing for shit, but I’m trying to sing my heart out for ya’ll tonight.”

He was joined by Travis Barker of Blink-182 on drums, Nick Mack on guitar and Brian Lee on bass, who earned a shoutout from the man who recorded the part. “Oh yes!!! ‘Lounge Act’ — hats off to bassist,” Krist Novoselic tweeted.

Malone’s decision to play a night’s worth of Nirvana tunes had the endorsement of Kurt Cobain‘s widow, Courtney Love. Upon hearing of his plans, she wrote on Instagram, “Thank you, mighty KC, for writing these songs with your elegant and monkeyed hands that the kids still want to sing and play and hear and use to fight and hunt and cure and heal and eradicate this fucking covid-19 virus. I approve the usage. Good luck Mr. Malone.”

After the performance, she posted, “GOOSEBUMPS! FUCK YES. Go have a margarita @postmalone. Nothing but love from here.”

According to NME, there were as many as 200,000 people watching the livestream at one point, and it’s been seen by more than 2.7 million people on YouTube. Google pledge to match donations at a 2:1 ratio, and as of press time, they’ve raised more than $2.75 million for the United Nations’ coronavirus relief efforts.

Post Malone’s Nirvana Tribute Set List
1. “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle”
2. “Drain You”
3. “Come as You Are”
4. “Lounge Act”
5. “School”
6. “Heart Shaped Box”
7. “Something in the Way”
8. “About a Girl”
9. “Stay Away”
10. “Lithium”
11. “Breed”
12. “On a Plane”
13. “Very Ape”
14. “Territorial Pissings”
15. “In Bloom”

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