Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tunesday: "Sappy," Nirvana

I first heard "Sappy" on the No Alternative AIDS relief compilation in 1993. The album mislabeled the song on the liner notes for half of the albums (it was a "hidden track" — remember those — the other half) so most people call this track "Verse Chorus Verse;" but that's actually another song. The album is packed with several worthwhile tracks (one to avoid is Soul Asylum's version of "Sexual Healing" ... but if you don't believe me, suit yourself).

Anyway, the 18th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death is a couple of days away, so I had to share one of my favorite Nirvana songs. It features Nirvana's trademark (only?) song structure — quiet-loud-quiet-loud; but what makes it most interesting to me is the upbeat, offbeat drum pattern. It's reminiscent of early 60s style — a good example is the song from "That Thing You Do," which, yes, I realize was also made in the 90s.

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