No Apologies: All 102 Nirvana Songs Ranked

RS tackles the complete catalog of the band that defined the Nineties and made the world a lot noisier

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74. "Ain't It a Shame" (The Jury)

Kurt discovering Lead Belly through the work of William S. Burroughs ("I remember him saying in an interview, 'These new rock & roll kids should just throw away their guitars and listen to something with real soul like Lead Belly'") and a copy of the singer's final sessions borrowed from neighbor Slim Moon (who would found the Kill Rock Stars label). In turn, he played his music out nearly as much as he mentioned him in interviews. Where producer Jack Endino called this cut from the Nirvana/Screaming Trees four-song double-date session of Lead Belly covers a "throwaway," Sub Pop founder Jonathan Poneman remembered it as "one of Kurt's greatest vocal performances." NICK MURRAY

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