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To me and many people my age the shot gun blast took not only Cobain's life but also immortalized him and the band Nirvana forever. Because of this the band has become a sort of scared cow, one everyone would acknowledge as being wonderful, but no one was allowed to criticize or mess with his songs.


To me and many people my age the shot gun blast took not only Cobain's life but also immortalized him and the band Nirvana forever. Because of this the band has become a sort of scared cow, one everyone would acknowledge as being wonderful, but no one was allowed to criticize or mess with his songs. That is why this tribute disc has been so long in coming, over eight years have passed since his death and the demise of the band. I have to say when Scott first gave this to me I wasn't sure how I would like it. I felt that no one should be allowed to fuck with these songs, they were sacred and any band trying to do them could never do Nirvana justice. As I was all set to rip this disc apart, something happened, the songs were done extremely well by a batch of artists whom I had never heard of. This surprised me a lot. I have been playing it a lot lately. This disc had a little bit of everything. Since between Scott and I, we didn't know a single band on this I've decided to do a track listing and give people at least an idea of what the bands sound like.

The disc starts off with haunting version of "Rape Me" by Storm Inc. This started out with a girl sweetly singing the intro and first verse over heintently picked acoustic guitar. As the song continues she starts to get louder and more aggressive with the singing and the band starts to build behind till they back up a loud distorted finish with the girl screaming "rape me" as loud as she can, until it all completely dies at the end, where she whispers the last rape me. Very effective way of opening a disc, and probably my favorite track.

Next is "In Bloom" by the Crosstops, that do a punk, country, rockabilly thing. I don't care for this band and the cover is not bad, but after listening to it a coupe times I really started to dislike it and this band.

"Francis Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle" done by JoJo is a perfect cover which sounds exactly like a cleaner version of the original version.

The Reducer does a fucked up version of "Polly" This band does an industrial version of it very similar to Nine Inch Nails, KMFDM, and Ministry only with a woman screaming the chorus and seductively whispering the verse. Not bad, especially if you're into that kind of music.

"Something In The Way," performed by Birdsaw, is really good. It starts with a slow piano intro and builds as the chorus comes to include a few bars of distorted guitars. Very good, I was even a bit moved while I listened to it. I think that it helps convey the desperation and depression of the song.

Deadweight does "Breed" with a hardcore DEVO type of sound. The guitars play a very similar to original version, but in the back round their are keyboards and sound effects that really remind me of DEVO or maybe NIN if Trent was on a shit load of Prozac.

Violet Discord does "Lithium" is a typical pop-punk fashion. To me this band sounded a lot like the Eyeliners. Good female fronted pop punk that breaks away from the overall depressing sounds of the other bands on this comp.

El Destroyo does an acoustic version of "Dumb" which sounds nothing like Nirvana version of it. The guitar sounds very different with more picking and some echo thrown in, while the singer doesn't sign it so at times it sounds like he is speaking it. One of the weirder tracks but also one of the better tracks on here.

"Territorial Pissings" is done by Hotbox as a raging hardcore song, much like the original. In the middle they do stop and do a bass breakdown, which sounds like it was performed on a upright bass. This is definetly a band I want to find out more about.

The Hellworms do "Milk It" in a Dead Kennedys' fashion. The singer even has a Jello type of voice and the band plays that weird sort of punk the DK's were known for. Even the solo was similar to "Holiday in Cambodia"

Blinky does "Pennyroyal Tea" with horns, but not in a ska version. The band plays a basic punky version, which is very similar to the original version, with a trumpet that accompanies the band and does the solo, the trumpet playing sounds very Spanish, maybe a little bit of VGS influence in it. This was another one of my favorites on this disc.

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" is done by Amanita, in a very straightforward fashion. The only really difference from the original is that instead of mumbling their way thrpugh each verse, the singer actually just speaks it in a rythmic way that follows the music. The chorus sounds just like the original.

"All Apologies" is done by Jeff Halford & the Healers in a old country version. It reminds me a lot of Johnny Cash or Hank Williams. It really stood out against the rest of the album, but made its mark and made me want to learn more about this group.

"Come As You Are" is done by The Chantigs, in a straight forward fashion, with a few electronic sounding parts and the singers voice is done with a weird echo sound to it. Interesting, but I didn't really like this track and found myself skipping over it a lot while listening to the disc.

Wilson Gil & the Willful Sinners do "Heart Shaped Box" with a very distorted organ. The organ sounded a lot like it was going through a wah-wah type of device, it actually reminded me of the organ sound of the Blue Meanies probably the same set up. The singer just sang it, but not with the screaming from the original. Weird, but still a good version.

While not technally a Nirvana song, Castles in Spain did "Oh Me" which was on their acoustic album. Their is really no difference between this version and the original other than it is a female singer rather than Kurt.

Liar does "School" which starts out with a tasteful classical acoustic guitar playing before launching into the grungy original version, until the end which goes back to the acoustic guitar.

"Silver" is speeded up by Pootwang, very similar except it is a little more punk than the original, their is also an organ playing in the background which doesn't take away, but at the same time doesn't really add to the song. At the end there is some talking which might explain why Kurt wanted to go home so badly.

Capsule does a very punk sounding version of "On A Plain". It is very similar to the original but played a lot faster, and with more attitude than the original. A really good version.

"Stay Away" is done by Bunny Knutson in a very hardcore version which is similar to the original, but think of it be played faster, harder, with more hatred in the chorus.

The Postmen do "Very Ape" and their really isn't much difference between this and the original, except for that it goes a little faster and its not as hard to listen to as the original.

Most tribute albums fall short and most of the time its big name bands just doing it to get an easy check and to keep their names out there. This one was different in that I was really enjoying most of the songs, and really wanting to find out more about the bands that contributed to this disc. One thing that really caught my attention is that over half the bands on this comp have female lead singers, which is rare in this scene, another impressive thing was that all the groups brought a different sound to the album. Its nice to be able to listen to a comp that isn't made up of 20 NOFX/Pennywise/Blink/Emo clones. I think that anyone who is a big Nirvana fan or just like a good set of cover songs would enjoy this.

 

 
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Anonymous (November 16, 2005)

"If it weren't for Nirvana, we wouldn't have _________."

I defy you to fill in that blank with something positive.

-Thinker-

Anonymous (August 12, 2002)

Dave actually did contribute more than just drums, he sang harmony live and is credited with writing merigold (u can get it in the singles collection)

Anonymous (June 28, 2002)

thats a damn good question, i think beacasue thats the city where the label is, and maybe most of the bands come from there. to the guy who couldnt find it, try the label's site, its linked here, they probably have a mailorder

tgarn (June 27, 2002)

If you call a good cover putting it into power chords and adding a punk drum beat to it you've got some serious problems. By the way, I can't find this cd anywhere

Anonymous (June 27, 2002)

I just have one question: Why the hell is this album called San Francisco?

Anonymous (June 27, 2002)

I'm sorry but the only people that did those songs great was kurt and the gang. so i call this a joke and it should have never come out the only bands that are good at covering things are reel big fish, me first and the gimme gimmes and millencolin

Anonymous (June 26, 2002)

i seem to remember a interview he did for foo fighters saying that he really didnt do much guitar/songwritng work for nirvana, he may have helped on parts but he said he just let kurt do all the rest, he said theres the old joke:
"what did the drummer say right before he was kicked out of the band?"
"hey guys i got an idea for a new song"

Anonymous (June 26, 2002)

"Just so you know, Dave only did drums and some vocals for Nirvana, he never really contributed any guitar or bass lines for the band..."

Dave wrote the guitar for Scentless Apprentice, if memory serves.

Anonymous (June 26, 2002)

"Kurt Cobain is dead and I'm damn happy about it."

Why would you make a fucking dumbass comment like that? He was a fucking person you dick. So you didn't like his music, that doesn't mean you should be happy he's dead. Asshole.

Anonymous (June 24, 2002)

Just so you know, Dave only did drums and some vocals for Nirvana, he never really contributed any guitar or bass lines for the band, at least among the released stuff, dont know about all the unrealeased stuff hidden away by Cortney. But Dave was a badass drummer.

Anonymous (June 23, 2002)

Havent heard this yet, this score is simply for Nirvana and the songs Kurt wrote. To whoever said that Nirvana were "not the best musicians", your an idiot. First of all, Kurt Cobain could play some fucking badass guitar lines. Second, Dave Grohl can play bass, guitar, drums, and sing all very well, just listen to the first Foo Fighters album, cuz he plays everything on that CD and it rocks

Anonymous (June 23, 2002)

and sublime...

tgarn (June 22, 2002)

there's been two standout mainstream bands to really change the music world for the better, the beatles and nirvana.

Anonymous (June 20, 2002)

err, there has been loads of tribute albums released. ive seen at least 3 in my local record store over the past 6 or so years

Anonymous (June 20, 2002)

first of all, there seems to be a lot of girls redoing these songs. how strange.

second of all, i dont see how anyone could call sublime fucking overrated, they are the fugazi of ska.

the guy

Anonymous (June 19, 2002)

Kurt Cobain is dead and I'm damn happy about it.

Anonymous (June 19, 2002)

Last Chance from Jacksonville, FL did a fucking cool ass cover of 'Sliver' for a nirvana tribute to be out on VMS records (never saw the light of day) but you can hear it at http://www.mp3.com/skapunk - its the ex against all authority guy's band and it has his girlfriend singing the song.

Bryne (June 19, 2002)

I haven't heard of any of these bands except Hotbox. I'll have to check this out, it sounds interesting. This score is for Nirvana.

Anonymous (June 19, 2002)

Hey little fuckin' wimps............Nirvana is better than your littel get up kids and new found glory wimpcore cds you fuckin' fools

Anonymous (June 19, 2002)

To the guy who said Sublime was bad early 90's ska...if you could join us here on earth it would be great. Sublime influenced many of your "good late 90's ska bands". In reality though ska doesnt get any better then Sublime. Their fame has nothing to do with Bradley's death, they fucking rocked. btw, Nirvana rocked too.

Drizzt7_drek (June 19, 2002)

Haven't hear the album, so ignore the score.

I'm so tired of hearing everyone say that Nirvana songs are "holy" and shouldn't be covered. Nothing is holy. Sure, Nirvana was a good band, and they opened the door for me to indy rock(I got into punk through a different, better avenue), but they're hardly the best band in the world. I wouldn't even say that they're the best band of the 90s.

This album should have come out a LONG time ago. He shot himself (or was shot), but that doesn't fucking make him a punk-rock god.

Oh yeah, IMO, the Unplugged album was the best one.

Fuzzy (June 18, 2002)

Nirvana is and will always be one of the most influential bands in MY life, and probably in history. They are NOT famous because Kurt died, they are famous because they booted the music industry out of a pop-bubblegum crap era into the moody area that was the earlier 90s.
While they may not have been the best musicians, Kurt knew how to write a song. And nobody can play a bad guitar part as well as he could. And very few drummers were/are as cool as Dave Grohl when he was behind there. Headbangin' away...and Chris on bass being his very "Chris" self...
Nirvana were great, and I'd love to haer this album...
I think I have heard them best described by my friend as...

"Punk Rock meets Metal with John Lennon and Paul McCartney doing the introductions..."

ps: SUBLIME is/was amazing as well, get a clue and buy "robbin the hood"

Anonymous (June 18, 2002)

I agree with Rob, bands with someone who die get terribly overrated. Like Nirvana, and Sublime especially. Bad early 90's ska! awesome man!

Anonymous (June 18, 2002)

OK so Nirvana definitley deserves a tribute album but I have to say that whoever that no name band is that re-did Smells like Teen Spirit most likely made a travesty of the most influental song to 90's rock/punk (I havent actually heard it yet). Its too bad Courtney Love is going to win the rights to Nirvana's songs because she is going to exploit the incredible talent and song writing of Kurt Cobain (who is a little overrated by the way) to make a couple of dollars to make up for those that Hole will never make just like this album is doing. Does anyone else agree that song rights should go to the remaining members of the band?

Vien (June 18, 2002)

Nirvana was a pretty great band, I remember when I first heard teen spirit when I was like 13 or something. Thier music open a whole new door for me and eventually I got influenced by punk rock. If it wasen't for Nirvana, god knows what I would be listening to today, probrably techno hip-hop or something. Overrated or not, they are very well appreciated in my book. I owe them alot.

Anonymous (June 18, 2002)

It's 'Sliver'dumbass! That's exactly why it was called 'Sliver'.

Anonymous (June 18, 2002)

nirvana and kurt cobain ARE overrated, if if kurt did commit suicide (dont even discuss that bullshit we dont need to go into it here) he did it because of major label traps, i think if a band member dies the band becomes bigger, nirvana really isnt that special anymore, its like if a member of blink 182 died tomorrow everyone 10 years from now will still think they are the greatest band ever, do i have to bring up led zepplin? fuck them, listen to bands that still make music or just starting to make music. and as for the album? as long as it does have a country screaming whinny singer like nirvana did its probably a better song
laterz
rob
mp3.com/halfway_decent

guitarer1c2 (June 18, 2002)

Ask yourself this, "Did the world need TWO Weezer tribute albums?" If Weezer gets two, then Nirvana should have ten. Well, not really, but you get what I mean. I haven't heard this yet but it sounds interesting enough. Nirvana changed my life and got me into decent music and the punk scene and I bet a lot of people could say the same thing.

fakesmile (June 18, 2002)

"Kurt Cobain = THE most overrated musician in history."

if you don't know what you're talkin about shut up...

Anonymous (June 18, 2002)

The people below this are clearly a bunch of 13 year olds with an IQ below 70.

Anonymous (June 18, 2002)

Does the world really need a Nirvana tribute album?

Kurt Cobain = THE most overrated musician in history.

Anonymous (June 18, 2002)

Hahaha who cares about Nirvana nowadays? All I know is that they put a naked baby on the cover of "Nevermind" and it traumatized me.

Anonymous (June 18, 2002)

nirvana schirvanas all i can say.

QGJREVIVED (June 18, 2002)

i like the last guy

Anonymous (June 18, 2002)

I almost wish I cared

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