Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Nirvana at Reading was great, I'll bet

We're more than a little impressed that the readers of NME.com have managed to come up with a list of Nirvana's greatest moments to mark today, which is Kurt Cobain's 40th birthday.

We know you didn't send a card, but don't worry; it's been years since he's even sent us a Christmas card.

Here's the full top ten:
1. Reading Festival 1992
2. MTV Unplugged
3. 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'
4. Singing the wrong words on 'Top Of The Pops'
5. 'Nevermind' knocking Michael Jackson off the top of the US charts
6. The band's performance on 'The Word'
7. The 'Nevermind' album cover
8. 'Come As You Are'
9. Starting a food fight and getting thrown out of the 'Nevermind' launch party
10. Pretending to be Madonna's representatives and crank calling The Lemonheads

We have a horrible feeling that, shortly before he topped himself, Kurt had an "It'a A Wonderful Life" moment where he was shown what life would have been like if he hadn't existed. We're picturing Clarence showing him a video of some other band on Top of the Pops, singing the published lyrics. "Had you never lived, Kurt, that episode of Top of the Pops would have contained all the right words... and Viacom would never have made a fortune licensing your work, to fund management expansion in their outdoor advertising busi... Kurt, what are you doing? Put that down, Kur... oh, shit. I knew I should have started with 'Courtney languishing in obscurity'..."


2 comments:

Mark said...

Didn't anyone mention their appearance on Jonathan Ross's show. I think they were supposed to do SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT but tore into TERRITORIAL PISSING instead, and absolutely blew the top of my head off. Only figuratively, mind. All that was still a few years in the future for Kurt.

Anonymous said...

Was the average NME reader *alive* during 1992?! Or were they voting based entirely on YouTube clips?

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