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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48. "Scoff"

"I didn't give a flying fuck what the lyrics were about," Cobain told SPIN in 1993. If "Scoff" sounds like an afterthought next to Bleach's more iconic tracks, that's because it was. In the oft-told "Kurt wrote 80 percent of Bleach's lyrics the night before recording" legend, "Scoff" and "Sifting" came dead last, when Cobain was already exhausted. The result was competent but unremarkable grunge-by-numbers: churning riff-rock; a listless fuck-you-parents verse repeated three times verbatim; and a frantic, non-sequitur chorus. Though "Scoff" does mark one of the rare early spots that showcased Kurt's love of chart-topping pop, though: The drum intro is nearly a direct lift of the Knack's "My Sharona," an homage that made more sense when Kurt's Top 50 albums list appeared in 2002's Journals: Get the Knack sat comfortably alongside Sonic Youth, Scratch Acid, and Bad Brains. TOM MALLON

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