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Nirvana With Lorde

April 11, 2014 by staff 

Nirvana With Lorde, Four female rockers – Joan Jett, Lorde, Sonic Youth vocalist-bassist Kim Gordon and St. Vincent – joined the living members of Nirvana to sing four songs by the grunge pioneers at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight. Jett sang “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Gordon took on “Aneurysm,” St. Vincent performed “Lithium” and Lorde covered “All Apologies” with bassist Krist Novoselic, drummer Dave Grohl and guitarist Pat Smear after the band was inducted by R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe.

Jett long ago professed her love of Nirvana. She said that Kurt was “a great guitar player and a great singer,” in a 1996 interview, and that she “used to listen to [Nirvana] all the time. . . day and night.” Since then she has co-written the song “Any Weather” for her 2013 record Unvarnished with Grohl. She has also toured with the Foo Fighters and joined them onstage, where they’ve backed her playing her songs. Jett also has a history with Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear, as she produced the debut full-length, 1979′s (GI), by his first band, punk screamers the Germs.

St. Vincent, whose real name is Annie Clark, paid tribute to Nirvana earlier this week, by playing “Lithium” at her Chicago gig on the 20th anniversary of the day Cobain is estimated to have died. She even growled a little in the chorus’s repeated “Yeahs.” When she was done, she stepped back into the shadows without saying a word.

Previously in an interview with WYEP, Clark said that Nirvana was one of the bands that inspired her when she saw them on MTV as a 10-year-old. “I don’t sound anything like Nirvana or Pearl Jam,” she said, “but seeing that it was possible, you know, suburban kids with something to say that could find an audience was an inspiration.”

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