Throwback Thursday

90s Grunge Spotlight

By Owen Rogers

2014 marks Nirvana’s inevitable induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Following their acceptance, the surviving band members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear performed a select number of songs—not necessarily their greatest hits per se, but a selection of songs that agreeably define the Seattle-based grunge titans’ sound, nature, and legacy. The group chose several female vocalists to pay tribute to the late Kurt Cobain, instead of relying on one male vocalist to “do his best Nirvana impersonation.” I’ll let you decide why.

From their Grammy-winning Unplugged performance, this week’s Throwback Thursday is the song they chose to close their induction with. “All Apologies” is a fun, melancholy, almost danceable track. The ingenious pop guitar riff flows back-and-forth over Novoselic and Grohl’s tight syncopated groove, and Cobain’s seething call-and-response vocals are crushing. Sit back with this song and a good pair of headphones this weekend, or blast it in your car on the way home from work tomorrow; either way, I dare you not to get goose bumps while on this walk down memory lane.

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