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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18. "Love Buzz"

Krist Novoselic, who always had a penchant for psychedelia, brought this 1969 album cut by the Dutch band the Shocking Blue (best known for "Venus") to the band's repertoire. Nirvana's version – which ditches one of the song's two verses – was a staple of their early live shows, in which Kurt took advantage of its long instrumental break to execute some acrobatics in what Michael Azerrad's Come As You Are calls "a pair of outrageous silver-sparkle platform shoes." Even though "Love Buzz" was a cover, Sub Pop's Bruce Pavitt thought it was "an indicator of some of their direction in songwriting"; in 1988, it became the A-side of Nirvana's first single and the first volume of Sub Pop's original singles club, released in an edition of 1,000 hand-numbered copies – if you want a copy today, you better have $2,500. DOUGLAS WOLK

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