Old Favorite Thing: Nirvana - "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam"
A couple nights ago I saw the Meat Puppets at the 9:30 club and it wasn't pretty. And I don't just mean Cris Kirkwood's teeth. (Or hair. Or clothes.) Definitely one of the worst sets I've seen this year, up there with Islands and the Child Ballads disaster. At least Built to Spill was pretty excellent, as Catherine P. Lewis's review attests. The Meat Puppets raced through "Lake of Fire" and "Plateau," two of the songs they played with Nirvana on that seminal episode of "Unplugged," and it got me thinking about all those bands that Kurt Cobain used to namedrop and get behind, mostly because he loved them, partly because, man, Geffen, how embarrassing and uncool! Then I saw my fantasy baseball team do its best impression of the 2007 (and 2008?) New York Mets (eat it, Javy Vazquez) and I stopped thinking about it. But then this morning a live version of Nirvana playing "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam" came on iTunes and I got to thinking about it again. I mentioned the version of that Vaselines cover in a post back in April but I just found a high-quality video of it on YouTube and had to share its awesomeness with you.
And for the record, here are my Top 5 Kurt Cobain Pet Bands:
1. Half Japanese
2. The Vaselines
3. Young Marble Giants
4. The Raincoats
5. Daniel Johnston
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