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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77. "Grey Goose" (The Jury)

In August of 1989, Kurt and Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan told Sub Pop boss Jonathan Poneman that the two had written a handful of songs that they wanted to record. However, when they reached the studio – with Novoselic and Trees drummer Mark Pickerel – plans had changed. As producer Jack Endino remembers it, Kurt told him something like, "Well, we forgot all the songs, because we didn't tape any of them. And I lost my lyric book. So we're gonna do some Lead Belly songs instead." Kurt later said of Lead Belly's appeal, "While he was in prison, he started playing the guitar, and he sang so well that the governor started to like him and let him out of jail." But here the group, calling themselves the Jury, goes instrumental, ignoring most of the lyrics that Lead Belly sang and locking into the tune of the "lord, lord, lord" refrain that closes each line. NICK MURRAY

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