This month marks rock legend, Dave Grohl's 53rd birthday, so we thought it the perfect time to dig into the vault to bring you one of the most grunge-defining live performances of al-time. Yes – Grohl has literally achieved hundreds (no exaggeration) of things since this infamous performance; but here at ILYOS, we like to go back to where it all began, with one of Nirvana's blistering performance of their Shocking Blue cover Love Buzz, live at The Paramount in Seattle in 1991.
“Love Buzz” was originally released on Dutch rock band Shocking Blue’s debut album At Home in 1969 but took on a whole new life when it became Nirvana’s anthemic debut single in 1988.
The original 7-inch single is a rare find because Sub Pop only pressed 1,000 copies and sold them in advance to their Singles Club subscribers, meaning the 7-inch sold out as soon as it was released – which certainly created a buzz! The song was also included on the band’s debut album Bleach when it arrived in 1989, sans a 45-second intro made up of sounds Cobain compiled from children's records, making that original pressing a rare slice of rock history indeed.
In the grand scheme of all that was to come, let’s appreciate Nirvana’s first step on the path to global airwave domination in all its grunge glory below.
Nirvana | “Love Buzz” [Live At The Paramount, Seattle, 1991]
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