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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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47. "Son of a Gun"

Kurt was famously obsessed with the little-known, short-lived, sex-crazed Glasgow duo the Vaselines. He called Eugene Kelly and Francis McKee "the Lennon and McCartney or the Boyce and Hart or the Ferrante and Teicher of the underworld." They became so inseparable from Kurt's fandom that when the Vaselines reunited in 2010, McKee started timing how long it took for interviewers to mention "the N-word." For the most rocking of the three Vaselines covers they tackled in their career, Nirvana recorded "Son of a Gun," the opening track from the first Vaselines EP – one verse, one chorus, repeat ad lib. In a letter he wrote to Kelly, Kurt explained that he wanted to release it on a record called Nirvana Sings The Vaselines, Wipers, Devo & Nirvana, which seems to have become 1992's Hormoaning EP. DOUGLAS WOLK

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