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October 04, 2013
Vol. 55 No. 5

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A music review

"I think I'm dumb, or maybe just happy."
This iconic line from Nirvana's "Dumb" can now be heard completely remixed and remastered on the 20th Anniversary Edition release of "In Utero."
This monster three-disc, 70-track re-issue features remastered cuts of the original songs from the original 1993 release, including cleaner versions of huge hits such as "All Apologies," "Rape Me," "Pennyroyal Tea" and "Heart-Shaped Box."
For niche and collectibles fans of the band, there are some amazing demos, instrumentals, rehearsals, live performances and B-Sides, including an all-acoustic rendition of "All Apologies" in which the main guitar riff is consistently being reshaped, exhibiting the often-overlooked skill that Kurt Cobain possessed as a guitarist.
The 20th Anniversary Edition also features several previously unreleased, non-album cuts, dating back to even before the birth of Nirvana: "Marigold," "Moist Vagina," "Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip," The Beavis and Butt-head Experience's "I Hate Myself and Want to Die" (which served as the working title for "Teen Spirit") and the No Alternative hidden track "Sappy."
A standout on the entire collection is the original demo for "Marigold," the "Heart-Shaped Box" B-Side from 1993. This never-before-heard version is an intimate take of drummer Dave Grohl whispering and plucking an acoustic guitar, while very adorably questioning if this "thing" was recording.
"He's there in case I wandered off / He's scared 'cause I warned / He's scared in case I want it all / He's scared 'cause I won."
It becomes clear in the opening verse that Grohl deserved to be a front man, which he later accomplished with the extremely successful band the Foo Fighters.


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