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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76. "Clean Up Before She Comes"

Batches of early Nirvana home demos (listed as "undated" in the With the Lights Out box, but believed by collectors to be from 1987-1988) gave an alternate-universe glimpse of a Nirvana who went beyond grunge-metal, dabbling in lo-fi, 4-track weirdness. "Clean Up Before She Comes" is possibly the most compelling of all: three minutes of ticking, bone-dry guitar and wispy, interlocking harmonies that would've sat comfortably on PJ Harvey's Rid of Me. Fan legend has it that the song, which first surfaced on the Dressed for Success bootleg, and later the popular Outcesticide series, was rerecorded in 1994 shortly before Cobain's death, but no tape has ever surfaced. TOM MALLON

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