This Week’s #TapeTuesday! Nirvana “MTV Unplugged In New York”

Here's your #TapeTuesday. In honor of last night's premier of Montage Of Heck on HBO, here is Nirvana's MTV Unplugged In New York. Recorded at Sony Music Studios November 18th, 1993, Nirvana was at the height of their fame. Instead of the normal MTV Unplugged scenario, Nirvana chose obscure covers, lesser known album tracks and the occasional hit from their two major label albums. Most of the cover choices mirrored the depressed and drug-addled psyche of Kurt Cobain. Leadbelly's "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" was an eerie statement on Kurt's rocky relationship with Courtney Love. The band was also joined by Curt and Cris Kirkwood of The Meat Puppets for a few songs, a dream come true for a longtime fan of that band (though MTV had wanted a bigger name like Eddie Vedder). Throughout the proceedings Kurt was deadpan, funny and self deprecating. Though not completely unplugged (Kurt wanted to play through an amp calling it his security blanket), cellos and accordions peppered a set that turned on a new group of fans who wanted to hear Nirvana sans-distortion and feedback. The stage was dressed in flowers giving a feeling like we were watching a funeral and giving the sad series of events in the coming months, we sort of were. By far the greatest MTV Unplugged of all time and one of the greatest albums of the 1990s. Released posthumously in the fall of 1994, the album went on to sell five million copies. Purchased at Coconuts Music & Video in Westmont, IL June 1995. #Nirvana #MTV #MTVUnpluggedInNewYork #KurtCobain #DaveGrohl #KrisNoveselic #DGC #Geffen #ScottLitt #MeatPuppets #PatSmear #MontageOfHeck #HBO

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Every Tuesday night I have been posting a picture of a cassette tape from my collection. When I first fell in love with rock music, it was February 1995, I was 11 years old, and I was forced to buy cassette tapes instead of the then fashionable compact disc. To commemorate 20 years in love with rock music I decided to start #TapeTuesday. Here is the latest. Follow me on Instagram @andyderer.

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