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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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97. "Mrs. Butterworth"

Things that remain unknown about "Mrs. Butterworth": when it was recorded, who actually played drums on it, its actual title, and pretty much anything beyond "It has Kurt and Krist on it." Jack Endino describes it as one of the last songs found during the assembly of With the Lights Out, coming from Courtney Love's collection of "Kurt cassettes." Lights labels it a 1988 rehearsal with Dale Crover; but Endino disagrees, believing it to be 1987 with Aaron Burckhard. (Of the title, Endino writes: "Someone at the [management] office just made it up, as Krist couldn't remember it, and the tape was unlabeled.") Cobain doesn't get a lot of credit for his guitar abilities, but he demonstrates a surprising capacity for Slayer-worthy thrash riffing here – only minus the evil, and plus weirdoes who collect Mrs. Butterworth jars and sell crafts made of out of burlap and driftwood. TOM MALLON

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