Fans celebrate on Kurt Cobain's 40th birthday

Nirvana’s performance at the Reading Festival in 1992 has been named the band’s greatest moment by fans today (February 20).

On would have been Kurt Cobain’s 40th birthday, the poll conducted on NME.COM saw the headlining slot picking up most votes, while seminal moments including the band’s ’MTV Unplugged’ performance and controversial appearances on TV shows including ‘The Word’ and ‘Top Of The Pops’ also featured, along with classic songs including ’Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and ’Come As You Are’.

The fan survey also threw up some lesser known moments, like the band supporting Mudhoney at the London Astoria in 1989.

The fan-voted top moments are:

1. Reading Festival 1992

2. MTV Unplugged

3. ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

4. Singing the wrong words on ‘Top Of The Pops’

5. ‘Nevermind’ knocking Michael Jackson off the top of the US charts

6. The band’s performance on ‘The Word’

7. The ‘Nevermind’ album cover

8. ‘Come As You Are’

9. Starting a food fight and getting thrown out of the ‘Nevermind’ launch party

10. Pretending to be Madonna’s representatives and crank calling The Lemonheads

11. ‘Live! Tonight! Sold Out’ film

12. Playing in a Barney Rubble costume for Halloween 1993.

13. ‘Territorial Pissings’

14. ‘About A Girl’

15. Getting Dave Grohl to set fire to his hat while recording ‘In Utero’ and producer Steve Albini not being even slightly fazed

16. Getting The Jesus Lizard into the Top 40 by doing a split single with the cult band

17. Reading 1991

18. Iconic band T-shirts

19. ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ video

20. ‘You Know You’re Right’

21. ‘All Apologies’

22. Reviving LA punk pioneer Pat Smear’s career by getting him to join the band

23. The Headbanger’s Ball

24. Marino gig, Italy, 1994 – the band’s final show

25. Peel Sessions

26. ‘Breed’

27. ‘Negative Creep’

28. 1990 UK tour

29. ‘In Utero’

30. Encouraging Dave Grohl to write Foo Fighters songs

31. ‘Bleach’s white vinyl release on Sub Pop, 1989

32. ‘Pennyroyal Tea’

33. ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, David Bowie Cover

34. Kurt Cobain and Kris Novoselic “making out” on ‘Saturday Night Live’, 1992.

35. ‘Polly’

36. Rough Trade Records instore.

37. Supporting Mudhoney at the London Astoria, 1989

38. Supporting Sonic Youth

39. Rock In Rio, 1993

40. Designing the Jag-Stag guitar

For more about Nirvana’s Reading Festival appearance and what would have been Cobain’s 40th birthday, see this week’s issue of NME, on UK newsstands from February 21.

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