Watch Nirvana’s never-before-seen MTV “Live And Loud” rehearsal footage.
The goodies just keep rolling in as we dig even deeper into the vault for our ongoing look back at Nirvana’s performance at MTV’s iconic “Live And Loud” show. (Check out “Rape Me” and “Heart-Shaped Box” from earlier this week.) Today we take a step back from the concert itself, recorded on Dec. 13, 1993, at Seattle’s Pier 48, to share two videos from the soundcheck before the historic gig: “Very Ape” and “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter.”
Watch Nirvana rehearse “Very Ape” and “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter” after the jump.
“If you ever need anything please don’t/ hesitate and ask someone else first,” Kurt Cobain sang in “Very Ape,” and in this first video we get to see him doing just that. In the grand tradition of singers everywhere, he wants to make sure his vocals are turned up. (Haha, even the greats aren’t immune from that old routine.) Even more interesting than that, however, is how we get to see Kurt sitting in on drums. He’s actually pretty good! Oh man, who wouldn’t love to have seen a version of Nirvana with Dave Grohl on vocals and Kurt behind the kit? (All singers think they can drum, by the way, and vice versa.)
“Should we play now?” Kurt asks in the next video, with the typical enthusiasm of a band looking like they’re ready to get the hell out of soundcheck and go relax. “We’re just gonna stand here until someone tells us to play,” he cracks. The ironically titled “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter,” which was anything but that, is so raw and harsh, you wouldn’t think it would take much to get the sound right besides turning the distortion way up and letting the feedback do the work, but hey, it’s not easy making noise sound this sharp.
Photo credit: MTV