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Rock Rewind: Nirvana “Come As You Are”

Seeing as Friday marked the 19th anniversary of the tragic death of Kurt Cobain, it seems fitting to pull out a Nirvana tune for this week’s Rock Rewind.

“Come As You Are” was the second single off of Nirvana’s breakout album Nevermind, famously recorded in 1991 at Sound City Studios (as former Nirvana drummer David Grohl recently spotlighted in his documentary Sound City). The song went on to be the second highest charting hit for the band behind “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (the album’s lead single). For this song, Cobain did only three vocal takes, and producer Butch Vig decided to go with the first one.

Dark, brooding and haunting, “Come As You Are” seems to reflect the melancholy that marked Cobain’s own life—a creative genius departed way too soon. A decade after his death, Cobain’s hometown of Aberdeen, Washington added the song title to its Welcome sign as a tribute to him.

Enjoy, and remember.


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on MUSIC IS MY OXYGEN WEEKLY.

Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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