15 Weird And Wonderful Covers From Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’

As you may know, Nirvana’s third and final album In Utero turns 20 years old this week. Doesn’t that make you feel ANCIENT? I feel old and I was only eight when it came out. My little cousin feels old and she wasn’t even born yet! Old old old old old.

Considering how much hype Nirvana received during their seven years as an active band and in the subsequent 19 years since Kurt Cobain’s tragic death, it’s easy to get caught up in mindless contrarianism and lose sight of the fact that they were, in fact, one special fucking band, and In Utero was arguably their best album. Boistered by the naturalistic production of Steve Albini, In Utero teased out Nirvana’s ever dueling (or maybe just coexisting) threads of squalling sludge and poppy melody to create a snapshot of the band’s artistic ascendance.

This is the majority opinion, so it’s not surprising that In Utero has received no shortage of tributes from amateurs and professionals alike. From The Flaming Lips to Lana Del Rey, many have tried, and a few have even succeeded, at peforming the album’s songs. This being MTV, we’ve also got some never-before-seen footage of the band rehearsing “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter” and “Very Ape” at Seattle’s Pier 73 in preparation for the televised concert Nirvana: Live and Loud, which premiered on MTV on new year’s eve of 1993, so maybe start with those and go from there. Kurt even plays the drums in one of them. Exciting!

1. Mckenna99, “Serve The Servants”

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