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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84. "Beans"

"He thought it was stupid," Cobain told Michael Azerrad, explaining why this 93-second quirk-pop gem didn't end up on Bleach. "[Sub Pop co-founder Jonathan Poneman] thought we were retarded." As far removed from the sewer-scraping sludge of "Blew" as possible, this goofy little song ("Beans, beans, beans / Japhy ate some beans") was inspired by Jack Kerouac's beat novel The Dharma Bums and the childlike simplicity of the Vaselines. Cobain, hoping to show off his more avant-garde tendencies, got giddy with the pitch shifter. His chipmunk chirp here look back to voice-altered weirdos like the Residents and Butthole Surfers; and looks forward to voice-altered weirdos like Ween. CHRISTOPHER R. WEINGARTEN

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