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.