Label: Geffen Records - GEFC-24727 • Format: Cassette Album • Country: Singapore • Genre: Rock • Style: Folk Rock, Acoustic, Grunge
In a break with traditional practice on the television series, Nirvana played mainly lesser-known material and cover versions of songs by the VaselinesDavid BowieLead Bellyand Meat Puppetswhose Cris and Curt Kirkwood joined Nirvana onstage. The album debuted at number one on the Billboardand is Nirvana's most successful posthumous release, having been certified 5x platinum in the United States by The performance was released on DVD in According to drummer Dave Grohl"We'd seen the other Unpluggeds and didn't like many of them, because most bands would treat them like rock shows—play their hits like it was Madison Square Gardenexcept with acoustic guitars.
Among the ideas the band members came up with included covering David Bowie 's " The Man Who Sold the World " and inviting members of the Meat Puppets to About A Girl - Nirvana - MTV Unplugged In New York them on stage.
Nirvana rehearsed for two days. The rehearsals were tense and difficult, with the band running into problems performing various songs. During the sessions, Cobain disagreed with MTV as to how the performance should be presented.
Producer Alex Coletti recalled that the network was unhappy with the lack of hit Nirvana songs in the setlist, and with the band's choice of the Meat Puppets as guests, saying: "They wanted to hear the 'right' names - Eddie Vedder or Tori Amos or God knows who.
Cobain was suffering from drug withdrawal and nervousness at the time; one observer said, "There was no joking, no smiles, no fun coming from him Therefore, everyone was more than a little worried about his performance. Cobain suggested that the stage be decorated with stargazer liliesblack candles, and a crystal chandelier.
Cobain's request prompted the show's producer to ask him, "You mean like a funeral? Like a funeral. Despite the show's premise, Cobain insisted on running his acoustic guitar through his amplifier and effects pedals. Coletti built a fake box in front of the amplifier to disguise it as a monitor wedge.
Coletti said, "It was Kurt's security blanket. He was used to hearing this guitar through his Fender. He wanted those effects. It's an acoustic guitar, but he's obviously going through an amp. Unlike many artists who appeared on the show, Nirvana filmed the entire performance in a single take. Cris and Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets joined the band onstage to perform three of their group's songs with Nirvana. The set ended with a performance of the traditional song " Where Did You Sleep Last Night ", following the arrangement of blues musician Lead Bellywhom Cobain described right before the song as "his favorite performer ever".
This rendition has been regarded as one of the greatest live single song performances of all time. After the band finished, Cobain argued with the show's producers, who wanted an encore. Cobain refused because he felt he could not top the performance of that song. However, the task of compiling the album was too emotionally difficult for the surviving band members, so the project was cancelled a week after the official announcement.
The following week, it debuted at number one on the Billboard and soldcopies, which was the highest first-week sales of About A Girl - Nirvana - MTV Unplugged In New York career. And he did it in one take. Young called it the band's "second masterpiece", alongside Nevermindand claimed that Cobain could have "revolutionized folk music the same way he had rock" because of his striking voice, exceptional taste in covering songs, and the quality of his own songs, which proved to be great with Superlynx - LVX loud band bashing away behind you" or "with just an acoustic guitar".
All tracks written by Kurt Cobainexcept where noted. The DVD release featured the entire taping, including the two songs "Something in the Way" and "Oh Me" excluded from the broadcast version. From About A Girl - Nirvana - MTV Unplugged In New Yorkthe free encyclopedia.
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