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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80. "Opinion"

When Kurt Cobain appeared on Calvin Johnson's "Boy Meets Girl" show on Evergreen State College's KAOS Community Radio, in September 1990, he brought along an acoustic guitar and a few new tunes. Just how new were they? As Cobain told the K Records founder during an on-air chat, he had written most of the lyrics that evening, adding, jokingly, "while I was driving…with one foot." He kicked off the mini-set with "Opinion," a tune that, in the tradition of future Nirvana prime cuts like "Teen Spirit" and "Rape Me," is built around a repeating four-chord progression that carries through both the verses and choruses. But despite some pointed lyrics (Cobain takes aim at the media in lines like "a year's subscription of bad puns"), "Opinion" comes off as little more than a sketch of a song. And unlike some of the other tunes Kurt played that evening – "Dumb," "Polly," "Lithium" – it was never developed further. RICHARD BIENSTOCK

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