39. "Even in His Youth"
First recorded with producer Steve Fisk during the 1989 sessions for the Blew EP, "Even in His Youth" (and later re-recorded with Dave Grohl on drums for a "Teen Spirit" B-side) was one of a handful of songs that served as a bridge between the unrefined sludge-punk of the previous year's Bleach and the brighter, more pop-tinged sound that would come to the fore on Nevermind. Lyrics like "Daddy was ashamed" reference Cobain's adversarial relationship with his father, though the bile-filled words are contrasted by a buoyant buzzsaw riff. RICHARD BIENSTOCK