Usually at Christmas I get a bit nostalgic with this slot; historically I’ve posted Wham!, Bing Crosby and David Bowie, so you’d be forgiven for thinking another Christmas classic was due. This year however, calls for a more serious bit of nostalgia, in the shape of one of the most memorable sets of music I’ve ever heard.
20 years and two days ago, MTV aired Nirvana’s now legendary MTV Unplugged in New York, months before Cobain’s death in April of the following year. From the very first bars of opener About A Girl through to Where Did You Sleep Last Night? (all shot in a single take I may add) I was beguiled and have held the record dear ever since.
So, not so cheery and Christmassy, but important none-the-less. Doesn’t it make you think how exciting it was to see MTV create exclusive, timeless content rather than re-runs of Jersey Shore? Either way, enjoy this full-length version (reherasals included) and bask in the glory of Cobain’s unashamed misery, and Dave Grohl smoking and playing the drums and wearing a turtle neck. Genuis.
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