From mishaps in rehearsals, the supposed denied encore and Cobain himself requesting that the setting resemble a funeral, a lot has been written about this infamous night. As far as rumours go, this is just scraping the surface, so we’ve decided to stick to the facts.
It was one hell of a gig.
Featuring a single from debut album Bleach, four tracks from Nevermind, three songs from In Utero and six covers, Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged in New York will forever be one of music’s most treasured recordings.
In a somewhat impossible task, we’ve selected the top five tracks from the 14 song set list.
5. Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam
Originally by The Vaselines, this parody of a Christian hymn is given an almighty renovation. Most notably, an accordion and cello are added to the mix that accompany Cobain’s voice to a tee.
4. Lake of Fire
Joined on stage by the original composers, The Meat Puppets, Cobain goes guitar-less but makes the song his own with his vocals.
3. The Man Who Sold The World
This track was never one of David Bowie’s biggest hits, but Nirvana made sure that these powerful lyrics were heard by the world after this recording.
2. All Apologies
In a somewhat controversial list, ‘All Apologies’ is the only Nirvana song to make the bunch.
1. Where Did You Sleep Last Night
This original Lead Belly number is done solo by Cobain to end the night. The producers supposedly wanted an encore, but Cobain and Nirvana knew they couldn’t top that performance.