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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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82. "Beeswax"

Last year, Krist Novoselic discussed the thrill that Kurt Cobain got from collages of seeming non-sequiturs, particularly in visual art. "He would just laugh. He knew he'd made something cool, and he'd be happy about it," Novoselic said. "He would think he was a blowhard if he explained stuff." Such enthusiasm and attitude apply to "Beeswax," one of the 10 cuts Nirvana recorded in January 1988, during their first session with Jack Endino. Like a song-length extension of Sonic Youth's "confusion is sex" credo, the demented "Beeswax" explores daddy issues and vasectomies, masturbation and pubic hair, ovulation and anal sex, Cher's breasts and expensive prostitution. This string of images runs the risk of turning into a string of 20-year-old nonsense, but Melvins drummer Dale Crover powers it into a philippic. GRAYSON HAVER CURRIN

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