The Nirvana MTV Unplugged Playlist (Nov, 1993)
Today's #OldSchoolSundays takes a unique twist to the legendary rock band Nirvana. The late Kurt Cobain is adored by millions still today, and his music lives on forever. With Nirvana hitting the forefront this week on track 01 of Magna Carta Holy Grail (Jay-Z & JT sing the iconic "Smells Like Teen Spirit" below), I thought it appropriate to bring back my favorite Nirvana memory — their infamous MTV Unplugged performance from November, 1993 — six months before Cobain's suicide.
The reason why this is such a personal memory is because I remember being affected by this performance from replays on MTV... when I had yet to reached double digits in age. The lasting images and sounds of a man's bare soul on display was so chilling that anyone who watched really felt Cobain's pain, sadness, and anguish. Again, even at a young age, when all else I remember is Michael Jordan and playing little league, I remember watching this Nirvana Unplugged performance with Papa Tibs in the family room. Thanks to Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake for triggering a re-watch that's long overdue and for exposing Nirvana to a new generation of young listeners. While many of you reading this have likely seen or at least heard about Nirvana Unplugged, I believe many of us would very much welcome another viewing.
OK, one more Nirvana bonus video — did you know Kurt Cobain sat down with Nardwuar back in 1994? Yup, we all know the latter in this day and age as hip hop's biggest interviewer, but if you didn't know he's been doing this for two decades, then watch this fascinating, raw interview with Kurt Cobain as well. It was one of my first looks at Nardwuar once he took the hip hop scene by storm after interviewing Jay-Z (heh, this post just came full circle. I'll stop now.)
Nardwuar vs. Nirvana (Pt. 1) (1994)
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