So are Geffen flogging a dead horse,
cashing in on the fact that you can’t put your
arms around a memory, and on the mythology which has
built up around this disturbed young man since his suicide?
The answer is no. Nirvana were a great band at what
they did, Cobain a songwriter of considerable inventiveness.
For confirmed fan and casual observer alike, it is nice
to have a record of the more raucous extremes of their
live shows. From ‘Spank Thru’, their first
song, to ‘Heart-Shaped Box’, the last single,
from the catchy and familiar ‘Smells Like Teen
Spirit’, to the Beefheartian and convoluted ‘Milk
It’, this album is a primal scream from throat
Of course it is tempting to speculate about how they
would have progressed if tragedy had not intervened,
but it is both easy and futile to play the game of ‘What
if..?’ Nirvana made music your parents wouldn’t
like, and so satisfied one of the chief criteria of
a successful rock band.
First published in 46A