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Nirvana — All Apologies
Album: In Utero
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Released: 1993
Length: 3:47
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What else should I be
All apologies
What else could I say
Everyone is gay
What else could I write
I don't have the right
What else should I be
All apologies

In the sun
In the sun I feel as one
In the sun
In the sun
Married
Buried

I wish I was like you
Easily amused
Find my nest of salt
Everything is my fault
I'll take all the blame
Aqua Sea Foam shame
Sunburn freezer burn
Choking on the ashes of her enemy

In the sun
In the sun I feel as one
In the sun
In the sun
Married
Married
Married
Buried
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

All in all is all we are
All in all is all we are
All in all is all we are
All in all is all we are
All in all is all we are
All in all is all we are
All in all is all we are
All in all is all we are
All in all is all we are
All in all is all we are
All in all is all we are
All in all is all we are
All in all is all we are
All in all is all we are
All in all is all we are
All in all is all we are
All in all is all we are
All in all is all we are
All in all is all we are
All in all is all we are
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hero worship taken too far
jag har aldrig klarat med det där bandet....förmycket nedslagen stämning....vet inte varför de där grabbarna fick så mycket framgång.....Dave Grohl är egentligen en så välsinnad kille 
Thanks RP.
 VH1 wrote:
An apology is urgently necessary for this crappie song! 

Hmmm, so you think this song is about fish?
crappie:
|ˈkräpē, ˈkrapē| noun (plural crappies) a North American freshwater fish of the sunfish family, the male of which builds a nest and guards the eggs and young.
 AhhtheMusic wrote:

I have to say that every time I hear ANY Nirvana song, I just love, love, love it again  over and over. I miss you guys so much.  Dear Kurt I hope you have found peace.  

(Special thanks to Dave Grohl for being one of the kindest + talented musicians of our generation!)



And his drum kit is gigantic here.
 eve_silver wrote:
Way too much Nirvana on this otherwise fantastic radio station. Instant mute {#Sick} {#Stop}
What a pity I can't go below Sucko-barfo...
 
I think you just did.
I have to say that every time I hear ANY Nirvana song, I just love, love, love it again  over and over. I miss you guys so much.  Dear Kurt I hope you have found peace.  

(Special thanks to Dave Grohl for being one of the kindest + talented musicians of our generation!)
Still head banging after 24 years.
 niccca wrote:
my appreciation for this song is growing with every listen 

 

Going in the opposite direction, sadly. You can have the rest of my joy for this one. 
Damn, that hurt.
 Jota wrote:


I like Pearl Jam but they're too middle of the road.

 
yep
 bb_matt wrote:
It's pretty crap really. Without the big hit, the charisma and the bandwagon it's arguable that Nirvana would've been a footnote. The same could be said for many bands I guess, but compare this to a contemporary artist such as pearl jam and it pales by comparison. In terms of craft the song is terrible. Lyrically it's interesting, technically less so. I was a Nirvana fan back In the day, but much of their output, in hindsight, isn't that good...

 
Pearl Jam are dung in comparison with Nirvana.  Incesticide is greater than the entire Pearl Jam catalogue added together.

Worldwide Nirvana at number 38 with Nevermind. Pealr Jam at number 84 with Ten, behind such luminaries as The BackStreet Boys, Dido, The Spice Girls, James Blunt and Coldplay.

I like Pearl Jam but they're too middle of the road.
 bb_matt wrote:
It's pretty crap really. Without the big hit, the charisma and the bandwagon it's arguable that Nirvana would've been a footnote. The same could be said for many bands I guess, but compare this to a contemporary artist such as pearl jam and it pales by comparison. In terms of craft the song is terrible. Lyrically it's interesting, technically less so. I was a Nirvana fan back In the day, but much of their output, in hindsight, isn't that good...

 
It was this song, Unplugged, that made me a fan.  Something about that performance resonated - deeply.
It's pretty crap really. Without the big hit, the charisma and the bandwagon it's arguable that Nirvana would've been a footnote. The same could be said for many bands I guess, but compare this to a contemporary artist such as pearl jam and it pales by comparison. In terms of craft the song is terrible. Lyrically it's interesting, technically less so. I was a Nirvana fan back In the day, but much of their output, in hindsight, isn't that good...
my appreciation for this song is growing with every listen 


An apology is urgently necessary for this crappie song! {#Stop}{#Beat}
I would have loved to see Kurt work with Michael Stipe but it was not to be.
 stunix wrote:
nothing admirable here.   2 for all finishing together...... even if they didn't.

 
wtf?  
I can appreciate that this was powerful in its day. I also have sympathy with those who complain that they hear (fill in the blank) too much on the radio already. That's commercial radio. I listen to vanishingly little commercial radio, yet am growing infinitely weary of hearing this so very many times. I guess the mood required to enjoy this does not hit me all that often. Somewhat like some of Janis Joplin's singing, hearing someone seemingly shred his/her vocal chords, almost on a daily basis, begins to hurt. Some things are best appreciated in small and infrequent doses. OK, back to the proposal.
nothing admirable here.   2 for all finishing together...... even if they didn't.
I love the playing in this song- a nice combination of light and heavy.
 'I'm married. Buried' is also kinda prophetic..
{#Bananajam}{#Daisy}
Just not a good morning song. 
 DaidyBoy wrote:
 
Portishead is just down the M5 a bit from my house.  In my M5.

 

Noice.  E28, E34, E39, E60 or F10?


PRIMITIVE!

 kcar wrote:


Bears re-posting. I think we'd all be incredibly sick of Kurt by now if he hadn't offed himself. 
   

chyk5 wrote:



 
LOL. Love "Community" btw, though I wonder how reduced it's going to be when it starts airing on Yahoo...

Some of Nirvana's songs still really work for me. But songs like this were tiresome back when they were new and this one hasn't improved with age. 

Kurt definitely shook things up back in the early 90s. But I wonder if he'd been able to evolve like Dave Grohl has (and even then a lot of people hate Foo Fighters). If Kurt were still alive and putting out stuff like this, we'd definitely be sick of him. Does grunge have a place in the music scene today as something more than a nostalgia act? I don't know. You tell me. 

A moot issue. I think he'd be dead or really messed up now if he hadn't killed himself. I think it was Krist Novoselic who said that Cobain had an addictive personality and would have ODed on coffee or something else. 
 rdo wrote:

Really?  Nirvana has quite a following here.  The kind of following everyone in entertainment envies.  Few people even know who Portishead is.
  
Jota wrote:

You're not confusing your 'here' with the whole planet are you?

 
Portishead is just down the M5 a bit from my house.  In my M5.
 Steely_D wrote:
My 18 year old came in the kitchen a few days ago and spontaneously began a rant about Nirvana had co-opted so many things from other bands and done very little on their own and it didn't make sense why they got so much press and there were better bands...

My legacy is safe. I was so proud.
{#Guitarist} 

 
um..could not he say that about every band thats ever existed....except steely dan?
Thanks for playing the electric edgy version, and not the tamed down MTV acoustic version. 
STUPID SONG - SUPER SUCKO!
My 18 year old came in the kitchen a few days ago and spontaneously began a rant about Nirvana had co-opted so many things from other bands and done very little on their own and it didn't make sense why they got so much press and there were better bands...

My legacy is safe. I was so proud.
{#Guitarist} 
That's not you, is it Joel?

 
RabbitEars wrote:


 


 oldviolin wrote:
It comes and goes in stages
For me as well.  Sometimes I am struck by it's power and premise.  Other times it seems a lamentable Cobain self-indulgence. 


 Jota wrote:

You're not confusing your 'here' with the whole planet are you?

 
No, I am in the USA, that is what I mean by here.  Nirvana is hugely influential and recognized in the USA.  Portishead?  They get some respect, I would not say a whole lot though, and certainly nothing compared to Nirvana.
20 years?  Really?  Wow...  I wonder what he would have done after, if the fucking opiates hadn't destroyed him.  Fucking shame - fucking waste.  One of the truly brilliant songwriters of my generation.


 rdo wrote:

Really?  Nirvana has quite a following here.  The kind of following everyone in entertainment envies.  Few people even know who Portishead is.
 
You're not confusing your 'here' with the whole planet are you?
 Stingray wrote:

HAHAHA - sleeping in Kurti underwear?

Tears of a (teenager) clown!

 
Schnösel!
 fedtho wrote:

... and,  well, Portishead... 
 
Really?  Nirvana has quite a following here.  The kind of following everyone in entertainment envies.  Few people even know who Portishead is.
Brilliant tune - love this version too.
Everybody is GAY! Yeah!!!!!{#Heartkiss}
Thanks for playing the original, edgy version and not the unplugged one. One of the best screaming voices in rock history. 
It comes and goes in stages
 Biscobret wrote:
God Damnit, Kurt!  If you coulda just gotten through that day...  who knows...

 

HAHAHA - sleeping in Kurti underwear?

Tears of a (teenager) clown!


 Biscobret wrote:


Dumb, laughable and amateurish thought and post!

 
EXACTLY - why you posted it then?
What a super-stupid no-song = 1 (if even)
Great grunge ... dig it.  
 Stingray wrote:
Dumb, laughable and amateurish song and album!

 

Dumb, laughable and amateurish thought and post!
 rdo wrote:
"Grunge isn't a music style.  It's complaining set to a drop D tuning."
-Jeff Gilbert, Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge  

 

God Damnit, Kurt!  If you coulda just gotten through that day...  who knows...

Classic Album!  20 years old last month.  The reissue sounds great.
Dumb, laughable and amateurish song and album!
 kcar wrote:


Bears re-posting. I think we'd all be incredibly sick of Kurt by now if he hadn't offed himself. 
 

 rdo wrote:

When you think about it, Nirvana achieved immortality from 2 albums basically.  No other band has done this.



 
... and,  well, Portishead... 
How is it that Nirvana sounds better and better over time? Simply amazing. 
{#Yawn}
These guys are the gods of Rock.
 snitramc wrote:
"It isn't writing. It's typing."
————-Truman Capote on Jack Kerouac.

rdo wrote:
"Grunge isn't a music style.  It's complaining set to a drop D tuning."
-Jeff Gilbert, Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge  
 



 

Bears re-posting. I think we'd all be incredibly sick of Kurt by now if he hadn't offed himself. 

Bill's following this with Al Green's "Tired of Being Alone"...so, so much better.  
 stunix wrote:
liked teen spirit but it was hardly revolutionary.  the rest was .... well.   up the wall.

 
Fully agree.
 stunix wrote:
liked teen spirit but it was hardly revolutionary.  the rest was .... well.   up the wall.

 
Right...  it was EVOLUTIONARY.  A synthesis of just about every aspect & kind of rock'n'roll up to that point - played brilliantly by a three piece band.  Wow.
 dwhayslett wrote:

Why?
 

I guess that person has something against bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...

love this song...  we be dancing...
 
 ewisor wrote:

RP, please cancel Lazarus' account!

 
Why?
With the utmost respect - absolute rhubarb!

rdo wrote:

The Sex Pistols were highly influential, I’ll agree, but only for an attitude.  Other than perhaps a few Clash songs, “punk” music is nothing but a tiny, insignificant blip in the history of music which will soon be forgotten, if it hasn’t already.  I know many people thought there was something important about punk music.  I never did.  I am talking about quality art here. 


Nirvana’s fame was also based largely on attitude, no doubt about it.  The quality of their music does not live up to their fame - I’ll agree (whose does?).  But their music is of a lasting quality that will assure their reputation for a long time – hence, immortality.



 


 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
 
RP, please cancel Lazarus' account!
RP gets some 90's street cred for mixing in tracks like this.

This song is soooo marvelous...  love it...

"It isn't writing. It's typing."
————-Truman Capote on Jack Kerouac.

rdo wrote:
"Grunge isn't a music style.  It's complaining set to a drop D tuning."
-Jeff Gilbert, Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge  
 


 eve_silver wrote:
Way too much Nirvana on this otherwise fantastic radio station. Instant mute {#Sick} {#Stop}
What a pity I can't go below Sucko-barfo...
 
Commenting about any group being overplayed on RP is a great way to lose credibility.   
Way too much Nirvana on this otherwise fantastic radio station. Instant mute {#Sick} {#Stop}
What a pity I can't go below Sucko-barfo...
 rdo wrote:

“punk” music is nothing but a tiny, insignificant blip in the history of music which will soon be forgotten, if it hasn’t already. 

 
Seriously?
 britinva wrote:

The Sex Pistols did it with one.
 

The Sex Pistols were highly influential, I’ll agree, but only for an attitude.  Other than perhaps a few Clash songs, “punk” music is nothing but a tiny, insignificant blip in the history of music which will soon be forgotten, if it hasn’t already.  I know many people thought there was something important about punk music.  I never did.  I am talking about quality art here. 


Nirvana’s fame was also based largely on attitude, no doubt about it.  The quality of their music does not live up to their fame - I’ll agree (whose does?).  But their music is of a lasting quality that will assure their reputation for a long time – hence, immortality.


Never been a huge fan but this song..... IT ROCKS!!!! My favorite by Nirvana.
 rdo wrote:

When you think about it, Nirvana achieved immortality from 2 albums basically.  No other band has done this.

 
The Sex Pistols did it with one.
I always warn my wife, "this is about to get loud."
"Grunge isn't a music style.  It's complaining set to a drop D tuning."
-Jeff Gilbert, Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge  
 rdo wrote:

When you think about it, Nirvana achieved immortality from 2 albums basically.  No other band has done this.

 

C'mon, what about The Cuff Links?
TJS wrote:
Kurt Cobain was a coward.

How many times have you climbed up on stage in front of thousands of people to pour your heart out?

Maybe it's harder than it looks.
 lemmoth wrote:
lkovathana wrote:
Wish I was like you ... easily amused.  

I proceed from shame.

I'll take all the blame
Aqua seafoam shame
Opposite from shame.
Something frees a bird
Choking on the ashes of her enemy

Marry ... Bury.    Married Burried

Mary!
Perry!
 

Artists and articulation, eternal enemies.
 lkovathana wrote:
Wish I was like you ... easily amused.  

I proceed from shame.

I'll take all the blame
Aqua seafoam shame
Marry ... Bury.    Married Burried
 


Sinead O'Oconnor did an interesting (in a good way) cover of this tune.

When you think about it, Nirvana achieved immortality from 2 albums basically.  No other band has done this.


The genius of Nirvana/Kurt is that they/he wrote wonderful melodies, ones that could be stripped out and arranged/played in any style of music, while pouring massive voice of a generation emotional power into their recordings and live performances.  Like the best rock bands they synthesized all of their influences - they picked some of the best, from the Beatles, Bowie, Zeppelin to the Pixies and the best 80s hardcore and indy rock bands - into their own unique sound.
 Stingray wrote:
TEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRIBLY PRIMITIVE!!!
 
Yeh, great isn't it
Can't remember oine single song from "Incesticide", which one do you recommend?
One of Kurt's finer compositions. The band were overrated in the end, but they did leave their musical mark.
TEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRIBLY PRIMITIVE!!!
Radio Paradise is SO on a roll baby!!   {#Clap}
Wish I was like you ... easily amused.  

I proceed from shame.

Marry ... Bury.   
liked teen spirit but it was hardly revolutionary.  the rest was .... well.   up the wall.
 TJS wrote:
Kurt Cobain was a coward.
 
If you are referring to his life, I have no comment.

If you are referring to his suicide, I want to say that after reading William Styron and David Foster Wallace, it is way more difficult for me to equate suicide with cowardice.  I now tend to give suicides the benefit of the doubt on that one.

Peace.  
 TJS wrote:
Kurt Cobain was a coward.
 
May be, but he wrote great songs
Kurt Cobain was a coward.
 sirdroseph wrote:
I have always like Nirvana because of their melodic sensibilities. Lost in all the hype and drama is they had some really good melodies.{#Yes}
 
yes and the rockin distorted hook always satisfies
 vanmas wrote:
Please the next song... Can't stand this noise.
 
Agreed, never liked Nirvana. But now you have the PSD (Play Something Different) button for times like this.
Please the next song... Can't stand this noise.
 lemmoth wrote:


Well said young'un.  And as a Boomer who "has my music" these guys and their cohort coming on in the early 90's to beat the living crap out of the garbage Hair Bands that dominated mainstream radio made it safer to drive. 

How?  Because in the eighties, I always had to fiddle with the extreme left side of the dial to hear any decent new music.
 
Thanks gramps Wink the ironic thing is that before some of the so called grunge bands came along I was listening to Bob Dylan, Hendrix Pink Floyd and other artists from the 60s and 70s because the radio was overloaded with tripe. Nirvana was one of the first times I distinctly remember hearing something spawned from my generation and thinking, wow what's that?  Whatever it is I want to hear more.
Refreshing to hear the studio version again after getting so used to the (equally great) live acoustic version
I can still remember hearing Nirvana's CD (tape?) for the first time - we were in the drive through McDonald's in Half Moon Bay on my way from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in a friend's compact car filled with people and skateboards and greasy french fries. Great time. 

School-band level
 sirdroseph wrote:
I have always like Nirvana because of their melodic sensibilities. Lost in all the hype and drama is they had some really good melodies.{#Yes}
 

I couldn't agree more (with someone I often disagree with).  I could imagine their melodies even as (good) elevator music.  The man just wrote fantasic songs. 
 johnjconn wrote:
So much promise, but they haven't done much lately.
Whatever happpened to these guys?
Do ya think they lost their head once they hit fame?
 

Q  Do you know what was the last thing to go through KC's mind ?

A  His teeth.

Must be a Kurt thing ...
I have always like Nirvana because of their melodic sensibilities. Lost in all the hype and drama is they had some really good melodies.{#Yes}
 audiophelia wrote:
I hear the unplugged version of this song so much that I've forgotten how the studio original is! Cool!
 
Ditto, both are great versions

 Businessgypsy wrote:
 nate917 wrote:
 Your sound must be messed up.  The list ahead of Cobain probably begins with Andre Young (Dr. Dre), unless by "generation" you meant seedy white guys on the West Coast.
Excellent trolling, nate917! Comparing a sound guy best known for shilling commercial products to the easily led with the tortured soul of a generation is sure to get some impassioned response.

 

You have been trolled by the best sir!

I like Nirvana personally, but I think KCs sad death vaulted them into an arena that they really didn't merit based on their works alone. I don't think they were SO much better than Soundgarten or Pearl Jam or Alice In Chains or Stone Temple Pilots that they should get this Holier Than Thou treatment.

Adding tragedy to pop keeps it in the Tabloids but it doesn't make the music any better or the message any truer.

He was a good songwriter.


 johnjconn wrote:
So much promise, but they haven't done much lately.
Whatever happpened to these guys?
Do ya think they lost their head once they hit fame?
 

is this a thinly veiled pun about KC shooting himself in the head or are you really

OK, I'm not biting.

Obvious Troll is obvious.
 Foot wrote:
I'm convinced Nirvana will go down as one of the most overrated bands in history.  This is nothing, like most of their stuff.
 
Your name is clearly up your ass.  Or is it ....oh Nevermind.

GENIUS

TRAGIC
 johnjconn wrote:
So much promise, but they haven't done much lately.
Whatever happpened to these guys?
Do ya think they lost their head once they hit fame?
 

/golf  clap
//cringe
///aisle seat, please

 johnjconn wrote:
So much promise, but they haven't done much lately.
Whatever happpened to these guys?
Do ya think they lost their head once they hit fame?
 
I'm going to assume you are being facetious. 

Nirvana — clearly a GREAT band.
Never really got Nirvana as a 'great' band - in my book they're not half as good as, say, Husker Du.
 apd wrote:
As fascinating as the preceding conversation is, i have a question about the record... this sounds slightly different to the single version I'm used to hearing. Does anyone know if there was a different mix?
 
Steve Albini mixed the entire album, but then Nirvana and Geffen had Scott Litt mix this song and "Heart Shaped Box". The Litt versions are what have been commercially available. However, there's a German vinyl pressing of In Utero (that came out a within the last 5-10 years) that uses all the Albini mixes.

RP is playing the Scott Litt mix. Perhaps you have the German LP pressing? 

Either that, or RP is actually playing a version from a compilation that has been compressed/limited in mastering (as is the fashion these days). The compression can bring out nuances in a mix...


I remember when I first got this record — AND when I first got this record...and there was indeed a tasty and tantalizing gap and corresponding reward there...and I detected a certain change in things within, and that turned out to be borne out in what seemed to be all too soon a time.  All the complaints do ring true and resonate (and no one was better at self-disparagement than Kurt himself; the titles 'Very Ape' and 'Milk It' tell plainly of his surely intensely painful hyper-awareness of it), but so do the undeniably brilliant barrages of creativity, talent and anguish that even now continue to surprise and floor me, especially if I haven't heard it for awhile and then I hear it...I DO THINK IT'S GOOD...


 nate917 wrote:
 Your sound must be messed up.  The list ahead of Cobain probably begins with Andre Young (Dr. Dre), unless by "generation" you meant seedy white guys on the West Coast.
Excellent trolling, nate917! Comparing a sound guy best known for shilling commercial products to the easily led with the tortured soul of a generation is sure to get some impassioned response.

Nasally, whining straining to hit high notes.  Don't get the attraction, except for the angry, fatherless generation thing.  So be it. 
 apd wrote:
As fascinating as the preceding conversation is, i have a question about the record... this sounds slightly different to the single version I'm used to hearing. Does anyone know if there was a different mix?
 
I heard it too... seemed a bit more open until the end...
School band type song - disappointing album!
after all these years jepp - fave1{#Arghhh} or try "Tribute" on wiki - dot . com

 ziakut wrote:
Mediocrity at it's very best.

 
Agreed.  After they failed to hook up w/ Husker Du's Bob Mould, they never even came close to his (or their) genius.

Xstar wrote:
And another thing...Killing yourself takes absolutely no talent at all, it's the biggest lie a person can tell themselves.  Ray's music on the other hand was enhanced and made more magnificent not because he was blind but because he had plenty of reason, someone like Curt might think, to kill himself but was man enough to live on.  And besides that he was a super talented person.  Curt on the other hand is cut short and belittled himself and his generation by taking the cowards way out.  I really hate Curt for doing that, but not his music; it's just sad he could be such a fool of a man.{#No}

THEN

 
chyk5 wrote:

Kurt suffered from manic depression, drug addiction and chronic stomach pain. What other personal problems he may have been dealing with we're not likely to know. I understand your disappointment in his choice, but to call him a coward, a fool and a "dumb ass" is callous to say the least.

I can't imagine what it was like to deal with his problems, and given your cold assessment of his suicide, neither can you.
 
Couldn't agree with you more, chyk5.

"Armchair" analysis of complex problems seems to be an American cottage industry, anymore.

Kurt's gone (17 years?!? Can you believe it?), we're still here, and we have all that fine music Kurt made while he was here.

Let's enjoy this life, the next one is an unknown quantity.

Whaddya say, Xstar?