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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5. "Something In The Way"

Kurt Cobain told Michael Azerrad that the lyrics to Nevermind's ominously brooding closer were written "like if I was living under the bridge and I was dying of A.I.D.S., if I was sick and I couldn't move and I was a total street person. That was kind of the fantasy of it." Not only reflecting Kurt's fascination with utter debasement, the song also reflects his innate musicality: After attempts to record a full-band version of the song went nowhere, he successfully recorded the core of the track by himself, playing a half-strung, barely-tunable acoustic 12-string while he sang. Producer Butch Vig and the band built the track from there, finishing it off with a string part by cellist Kirk Canning, whom the band had met through their friends L7 while staying in Los Angeles. "We took [Canning] into the studio on the last day and said, 'Here, play something,'" Cobain recalled to Kurt St. Thomas, "and he came up with something right away. It just fell like dominoes, it was really easy." DANIEL EPSTEIN

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