Sometimes you find yourself in a hole, a Google hole – searching for one thing, leads to clicking on another, then another then a sister and a brother and all of a sudden it’s three hours later and all you know is everything there is to know on the Internet about One Tree Hill, season three – or you know the conflict in the Ukraine or whatever.
Today, I’ve fallen down a rabbit hole called Nirvana covers. Here are the ones that making my little heart-shaped box cry real crocodile tears and/or dance uncontrollably.
Sinead O’Connor – All Apologies – from a Dutch TV show appearance in 1995.
Kawehi – Heart-shaped Box – This Honolulu born, Kansas-based, musician has made a career out of looping samples and layering her sweet vocals over classics both new and old.
Stereophonics are the best at covers. They performed the best cover ever in my opinion on Radio 1’s Live Lounge about five years ago when they covered Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O’ Connor. This cover of Something in the Way is also really beautiful and haunting.
Deervana is is the Nirvana cover band/side project of Deer Tick. Their version of Nirvana’s All Apologies stays true to the original, maintaining the hyper-kinetic energy and haunting vocals of their favourite band. You can download the live Deervana version of In Utero here.
Scala & Kolacny Brothers are a women’s choir from Belgium that have made quite a name for themselves by covering alternative artists such as Blur, Radiohead, Oasis and Bjork. Their cover of Smells Like Teen Spirit is haunting, powerful and beautiful.