Cover versions of songs can be hit and miss. If you’re covering a song, that generally means it’s a song you love, which hopefully means that the original is pretty damn good, which begs the question, why do another version? In most cases, the answer is simply because you felt like it, which is perfectly fine, but fans of the original are probably not going to come away feeling especially rewarded.
Then there are the more rare cases where the covering artist brings something new to the song, leaving the listener with a new appreciation for a previously unrealized dimension of the song. Such is the case with this cover of Nirvana‘s “Heart-Shaped Box,” originally from the In Utero album. It doesn’t hurt that Jes Hudak and Corvyx are two of the most interesting singers out there, who also happen to harmonize beautifully together. And that this video was shot live is all the more impressive. Enjoy.
The remaining members of Nirvana bolted the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction as soon as it ended, heading over to Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus to play a 16-song set. Standing in for departed frontman Kurt Cobain was a cavalcade of friends and fans, including Joan Jett, St. Vincent, and Kim Gordon, all of whom performed with the band at the ceremony, plus Dinosaur Jr.‘s J Mascis and Deer Tick‘s John McCauley.
Below is the set list and a couple of clips from the 230-person audience. (And a bonus video at the bottom for old time’s sake, of Kim Gordon applying makeup to Dave Grohl while Krist Novoselic decorates Cobain’s medical coat before a performance, from the great film 1991: The Year That Punk Broke).
Smells Like Teen Spirit (with Joan Jett)
Breed (with Joan Jett)
In Bloom (with Joan Jett)
Territorial Pissings (with Joan Jett)
Drain You (with J. Mascis)
Penny Royal Tea (with J. Mascis)
School (with J. Mascis)
Lithium (with Annie Clark)
About A Girl (with Annie Clark)
Heart Shaped Box (with Annie Clark)
Serve the Servants (with John McCauley)
Scentless Apprentice (with John McCauley)
Tourette’s (with John McCauley)
Aneurysm (with Kim Gordon)
Negative Creep (with Kim Gordon)
Moist Vagina (with Kim Gordon)
A confluence of events, including the impending induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has put Kurt Cobain and Nirvana in the forefront of our pop culture consciousness lately. Susceptible as anyone else, I threw on Nevermind last night and, holy shit, did it sound great. Can you imagine a record like that becoming the biggest thing in the world today? I burned out on listening to it years ago, but now it sounds totally fresh again. Anyway, remaining core Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, talking about how quickly the band got huge, destroying their instruments, as well as what it was like when Paul McCartney joined them in the studio.
R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana into the Hall of Fame tonight. Word is that Joan Jett will be on hand to help them celebrate with a performance. Watch the Tonight Show interview below.
Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana. Makes sense. Kurt Cobain expressed his deep admiration for close friend Stipe on more than one occasion.
Bruce Springsteen will induct his E Street Band. The Boss is already in the Hall solo. No-brainer.
Tom Morello will induct KISS, because someone has to do it.
Chris Martin will consciously couple the Hall of Fame with Peter Gabriel. OK?
Glenn Frey will induct Linda Ronstadt. That’s a good one – the Eagles started out as her backing band.
Questlove will induct Hall and Oates, which is pretty cool. The Roots’ mainman and walking music encyclopedia will hopefully shine a nice light on the often overlooked rock and soul duo.
Peter Asher, of ’60s duo Peter and Gordon, as well as a noted producer (of James Taylor, among others), will induct Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham.
Salman Rushdie will induct Cat Stevens. No, I’m kidding, no word yet on who has that honor.
The ceremony will take place on April 10th and will be aired on HBO on May 31st. (h/t CoS)
Back in December we brought you the news that Hoquiam, Washington would be celebrating Nirvana Day on April 10th this year. Although Hoquiam was not Kurt Cobain‘s hometown, he did live there for a brief time, as explained by the town’s mayor. Picking up on the trend, Cobain’s actual hometown, Aberdeen, Washington has announced that February 20th will become Kurt Cobain Day. And this isn’t just a one time deal, folks. February 20th will be Kurt Cobain Day in Aberdeen….forever.
“Aberdeen residents may justifiably take pride in the role our community played in the life of Kurt Cobain and the international recognition our community has gained from its connections with Kurt Cobain and his artistic achievements.” reads a city proclamation.
Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10th.
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