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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70. "Talk to Me"

Courtney Love has said that the jerky rhythm at the heart of this Cobain tune is a testament to Kurt's love of new wavers like Devo and Oingo Boingo – and is there also a hint of the Rolling Stones' "Get Off of My Cloud" in the recurring drum fill? But while Nirvana occasionally pulled out "Talk to Me" on stage in 1991 and 1992, they never bothered to bring it into the studio. Which is not to say that the song wasn't tagged for potential recording – just that it wasn't necessarily considered by Nirvana. Love and her band Hole tackled it at Hanzek Audio in August, 1993, during early Live Through This sessions, but the track ultimately was left unfinished. It was later offered to Iggy Pop, who replied with a polite thanks, but no thanks. "I do my own music, and I like Kurt's music," he explained to The Big Takeover in 2002. "But I have no interest in doing Kurt's music." RICHARD BIENSTOCK

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