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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27. "Molly's Lips"

The first of Nirvana's three recorded Vaselines covers initially surfaced in a dodgy live recording on a split single with the Fluid, as part of the deal by which Nirvana were bought out of their Sub Pop contract. As with many of his versions of other people's songs, Kurt changed the lyrics a little: "She'll take me everywhere/She'll take me anywhere/As long as I'm good and clean" became the druggier "She'd take me anywhere/She'd take me anywhere/As long as I stay clean," for instance.) The title's not a drug reference, though: The two-chord song is apparently about actress Molly Weir, and MDMA wasn't known as "molly" until long after it was written. DOUGLAS WOLK

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