Day 191 – ‘The Man Who Sold The World’

When it came to my interest in grunge music, before April it mostly consisted of Nirvana, and in that only a few songs:

  • Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • Heart-Shaped Box
  • You Know You’re Right
  • All Apologies
  • The Man Who Sold The World

As I’ve grown up, that has changed (this blog has documented that fairly often). While I don’t necessarily view Kurt Cobain as a legendary performer, there’s no doubt he was brilliant, able to convey pain and frustration in beautiful and haunting ways. (It’s possible my view of him will continue to evolve, though.)

I say that in great part because of Nirvana’s historic “MTV Unplugged” performance, wherein the grunge rockers showed a potent, melodic and almost folksy side. Mostly bereft of hits, the setlist found Cobain, Krist Novaselic and Dave Grohl dipping into their catalog and even outside of it.

The top performance of the night was a cover of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World.” I love it, and I think you might too.


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