Kurt Cobain would not see it released though. Nirvana delivered one of the most epic and loved live performance that proved to be one of their most popular releases. MTV Unplugged performance, recorded in November 1993, would eventually be released on Nov. 1, 1994, in the aftermath of Cobain’s death.
Dave Grohl said , “We’d seen the other Unpluggeds and didn’t like many of them, because most bands would treat them like rock shows — play their hits like it was Madison Square Garden, except with acoustic guitars.” Unlike a lot of the other bands that had played Unplugged, Nirvana didn’t view this as a “greatest hits” show, instead deciding to go deeper in choosing cuts and including a number of cover songs(Including one that became very popular, a cover of The Meat Puppets Song “Lake Of Fire” and David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World”)something that didn’t exactly sit well with the network. Among the set list, only “Come As You Are” could be considered a major hit for the band.
Cobain would die on April 8, 1994, just five months after the recording of the MTV Unplugged special. On Nov. 1, 1994, the album was released, immediately debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The disc would go on to be certified 5 times platinum and has universally been considered one of the greatest live albums of all-time. Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged in New York would also win the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album in 1996 and the DVD would be released in 2007.
Below is probably my favorite from this album. WARNING: Kurt drops some F bombs, don’t play around sensitive ears or young ones!