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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72. "Moist Vagina"

For a somewhat shapeless B-side, "Moist Vagina" has enjoyed a remarkable afterlife. After hearing an early version, Thurston Moore reportedly urged Nirvana to let it lead In Utero, rather than tacking it onto the "All Apologies" single. The band didn't comply, but years later, Sonic Youth recorded and released "Moist Vagina" for a B-side of their own, with Kim Gordon whispering and then roaring the lyrics. Guitarist John Frusciante covered it, too, delivering his best frontman mimesis. Title aside, the song's calling card comes in its one-word refrain, where Cobain – who starts the track only after coughing, as though recovering from a particularly fierce puff – simply howls "Marijuana!" on repeat. He stole so much pot from his mom as a kid that they once smoked oregano together. Years later, Yelawolf borrowed that scream for a toke-happy song of his own on his Interscope debut: "Marijuana / Makes you happy / Feelin stupid / Girls get horny," raps the Alabama redneck, closing a strange circle with Aberdeen's own white-trash hero. GRAYSON HAVER CURRIN

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