19. "Territorial Pissings"
To achieve the otherworldly, jangle-crunch for the guitars on Nevermind's punkiest track, "Territorial Pissings," Cobain defied producer Butch Vig's protests and plugged his instrument right into the mixing desk. He recorded the song in one take. The guitar crackle sets the prickly tone for Cobain's lyrics about paranoia and a hardly poetic jab at patriarchy ("Never met a wise man, if so it's a woman"). It also contrasts the peachy-keen opening verses that Krist Novoselic swiped from the hippie-dippie Youngbloods tune "Get Together." "It wasn't really that thought into," Novoselic said of his contribution. "I like that Youngbloods song." But even though the song's riff sounds particularly mean, not everything about it was so angsty. Regarding the first verse, "When I was an alien," Cobain has said that, growing up, "I wanted to be from another planet really bad." KORY GROW