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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78. "They Hung Him On a Cross" (The Jury)

Although busy schedules interrupted the Jury's attempt to form a blues supergroup that could be – in the words of drummer Mark Pickerel – a "modern day version of Cream or Led Zeppelin," the somewhat awkward studio relationship between Kurt and Screaming Trees' Mark Lanegan didn't help. According to Michael Azerrad's Come As You Are, Kurt "kept worrying that he would come up with something that he'd want to use for Nirvana," but Pickerel suggests otherwise, recalling that "it was as if both Mark and Kurt had too much respect for each other to tell the other what to do, or even make suggestions for what they should be doing." In some ways the Jury's most faithful of their four Lead Belly covers, "They Hung Him On a Cross" solves this problem by featuring only Kurt and his guitar, dropping the tempo of the version that appears on Lead Belly's Last Sessions, Cobain's preferred collection of his work. NICK MURRAY

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