Accompanied by Pearl Jam (and boosted by the Stone Temple Pilots), NIRVANA marketed grunge music to the world and granted another (yet more accessible) outlet to the anguish of youth. ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ changed MTV and challenged the previously unassailable Michael Jackson.
For fans, it’s impossible to build a greatest hits collection on a single CD. For the general public (and they’re an integral part of institution making), this is a good offering and, more importantly, introduces the next generation to one of history’s most influential acts.
Songs like ‘Rape Me’, ‘Lithium’ and the magnificent unplugged cover of David Bowie’s ‘Man Who Sold The World’ represent the different facets of NIRVANA and collectively demand high regard. However, the inclusion of ‘Lake of Fire’ and either ‘Love Buzz’ or ‘Floyd The Barber’ would have made the presentation more rounded. I also believe that every compilation of its kind should include rarities but i’m somewhat mollified by the sole “new” track, ‘You’re Know You’re Right’. Recorded 3 months before Kurt Cobain’s death (and just before their final tour), it’s outstandingly strong; so much so that i’d name it one of their best.