14. "Serve the Servants"
The dissonant blast that opened In Utero's first seconds answered anyone who wondered if Nirvana was going to soften up after conquering the world. The rest of the song is Kurt Cobain spitting in the face of his "self-appointed judges." "That's obviously the state I feel right now... not really, but I may as well make some sarcastic comment on the phenomenon of Nirvana," Cobain told writer Michael Azerrad. In liner notes he wrote (and then crossed out) for "Serve the Servants," he noted that the lyrics were directed toward his father: "I don't hate him. I simply don't have anything to say to him." DOUGLAS WOLK