21 years ago this week, Nirvana recorded a now-legendary acoustic performance in New York City. Taped at Sony Music Studios for MTV’s Unplugged series, Nirvana’s rendition of eight of their own songs and six cover versions would go on to eclipse every other performance recorded by MTV – not just for the Unplugged series, but pretty much every MTV recording ever.
Not only did the recording of the show set viewing records for MTV, but it smashed even more records when both the audio and video recording were commercially released following Cobain’s death the following year. Even now, more than two decades later, Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged in New York remains a peerless example of what a rock band can do acoustically, unconsciously showing up any modern bands’ attempts at using acoustic music effectively as the pitiful attempts at providing pathos to shoddy songwriting that they are. That’s why we’re using the anniversary of this monumental set’s recording as an excuse to go back and revisit it as part of our Sunday Spotify Slaylist series.
REMEMBER – if you subscribe to our Weekly Slaylist in Spotify you’ll automatically get the new Slaylist every time we update it. You don’t have to do anything and BOSH new Slaylists for you. We’ve also got every single past Slaylist safely archived, if one of our previous ones really tickled your fancy – check them all out here.
Of course, it could just as easily be argued that you really need to watch the full Nirvana Unplugged show to get a better sense of just how incredible a performance it was. So here’s YouTube to the rescue…
Spotify is available to most of Europe, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, and a load of other countries for free – though obviously you’re better off shelling out £10 a month for Spotify’s Premium package, as then you can listen to our Slaylists without having them interrupted by adverts. For our readers in countries not currently serviced by Spotify…go buy a copy of MTV Unplugged in New York. You’ll thank us afterwards.