Kurt Cobain 50th Birthday and his top 50 favourite records

Nirvana’s frontman Kurt Cobain would have turned 50 on 20th February 2017. Kurt fatally shot himself on April 5, 1994, and his sudden death was magnified during MTV’s heyday when his widow, Courtney Love, joined mourners at a vigil in Seattle and later read Kurt’s suicide note to the crowd.

To celebrate the life of a pivotal figure in the grunge movement, we are putting up his handwritten list of top 50 favourite records from Journalsa collection of writings and drawings done by Kurt Cobain published in November 2002.

The list is featuring a who’s who of the era and giving a unique insight into the influences of the Nirvana front man. It includes bands like the Sex Pistols, Black Flag, Public Enemy, Mudhoney and more sounds that can easily be attributed to aiding the formation of Nirvana’s sound.

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The full list reads as follows: 

1. Iggy and the Stooges, “Raw Power”
2. Pixies, “Surfer Rosa”
3. The Breeders, “Pod”
4. The Vaselines, “Pink EP”
5. The Shaggs, “Philosophy of the World”
6. Fang, “Landshark”
7. MDC, “Millions of Dead Cops”
8. Scratch Acid, “Scratch Acid EP”
9. Saccharine Trust, “Paganicons”
10. Butthole Surfers, “Pee Pee the Sailor” aka “Brown Reason to Live”
11. Black Flag, “My War”
12. Bad Brains, “Rock for Light”
13. Gang of Four, “Entertainment!”
14. Sex Pistols, “Never Mind the Bollocks”
15. The Frogs, “It’s Only Right and Natural”
16. PJ Harvey, “Dry”
17. Sonic Youth, “Daydream Nation”
18. The Knack, “Get the Knack”
19. The Saints, “Know Your Product”
20. anything by Kleenex
21. The Raincoats, “The Raincoats”
22. Young Marble Giants, “Colossal Youth”
23. Aerosmith, “Rocks”
24. Various Artists, “What Is It”
25. R.E.M., “Green”
26. Shonen Knife, “Burning Farm”
27. The Slits, “Typical Girls”
28. The Clash, “Combat Rock”
29. The Faith/Void, “Split EP”
30. Rites of Spring, “Rites of Spring”
31. Beat Happening, “Jamboree”
32. Tales of Terror, “Tales of Terror”
33. Leadbelly, “Leadbelly’s Last Sessions Vol. 1″
34. Mudhoney, “Superfuzz Bigmuff”
35. Daniel Johnston, “Yip/Jump Music”
36. Flipper, “Generic Flipper”
37. The Beatles, “Meet the Beatles”
38. Half Japanese, “We Are They Who Ache With Amorous Love”
39. Butthole Surfers, “Locust Abortion Technician”
40. Black Flag, “Damaged”
41. Fear, “The Record”
42. PiL, “Flowers of Romance”
43. Public Enemy, “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back”
44. Marine Girls, “Beach Party”
45. David Bowie, “The Man Who Sold the World”
46. Wipers, “Is This Real?”
47. Wipers, “Youth of America”
48. Wipers, “Over the Edge”
49. Mazzy Star, “She Hangs Brightly”
50. Swans, “Young God”

On the other note, music licensing organisation PPL has revealed a Top 20 chart of the most-played Nirvana tracks on UK radio and TV in the 21st century.

The most-played Nirvana songs on UK radio and TV

1.) ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ (1991)
2.) ‘Come As You Are’ (1991)
3.) ‘Lithium’ (1991)
4.) ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ (1993)
5.) ‘In Bloom’ (1991)
6.) ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ (MTV Unplugged) (1993)
7.) ‘All Apologies’ (1993)
8.) ‘About a Girl’ (1989)
9.) ‘Aneurysm’ (1991)
10.) ‘On A Plan’ (1991)
11.) ‘Drain You’ (1991)
12.) ‘Stay Away’ (1991)
13.) ‘Breed’ (1991)
14.) ‘Love Buzz’ (1989)
15.) ‘Serve The Servants’ (1993)
16.) ‘Lounge Act’ (1991)
17.) ‘Something In The Way’ (1991)
18.) ‘Molly’s Lips’ (1990)
19.) ‘Dumb’ (1993)
20.) ‘Territorial Pissings’ (1991)


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