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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40. "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter"

"'Radio Friendly Unit Shifter' started life as 'Nine Month Media Blackout,'" wrote Charles R. Cross in the Nirvana bio Heavier Than Heaven," the title a joking response to journalist Lynn Hirschberg's magazine-unit-shifting article in Vanity Fair about the Cobain clan. The song's final name, it is ironic: Radio Friendly Unit Shifter is about as close as Nirvana got to the corrosive noise-rock of Big Black, In Utero producer Steve Albini's brilliant mid-Eighties trio; and Killdozer, the Butch Vig-produced band whose heft Cobain wanted Nevermind to match. JOE GROSS

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