How are you going to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’? Jump into a swimming pool starkers chasing after a dollar bill? Take to wearing moth-eaten cardigans and Daniel Johnston t shirts?
Well, apparently Miley Cyrus has already started her own commemorative party. Over the weekend she decided to cover ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’.
Yes, you read that correctly.
While Idolator suggests that Kurt Cobain would find Miley’s version ‘punk rock’ (*cranks up the sound of KC turning in his grave*), we beg to differ.
The whole thing has the feel of ‘Grunge week’ on X Factor. Not least of all because she’s transmuted Cobain’s nicotine growl into an approximation of The Exorcist-era Linda Blair.
This made us wonder what the worst Nirvana covers of all time were.
Well surely Tori Amos’ version of ‘SLTS’ ranks high on the list. Amos- a legend of a certain type of confessional, psycho/sexual balladry- isn’t, it has to be said, in her element tinkling the ivories on a de-fanged version of Nirvana’s biggest song.
Next, perhaps inevitably, are Limp Bizit who decided to massacre ‘SLTS’ in their own big shorts/rap metal way. Thankfully it lasts less than a minute chiefly because Fred Durst can’t remember the words.
Easy Listening crooner Paul Anka takes on ‘SLTS’. This video is notable for two things; 1) Anka’s shocking orange pallor and 2) The amazing ‘bongo man’.
Finally here’s Evanescence with their warbly, emotionally exhausting take on ‘Heart Shaped Box’. Chiefly horrible for the amount Amy Lee over-enunciates random words like ‘Blll-aaaack’ ‘Orrr-chiid’.
Can you think of anymore? Post them below.