Nirvana play Reading festival at the peak of their powers in 1992.
If you are looking for a way to celebrate Kurt’s birthday or you just want an excuse to revisit some of the greatest songs ever written then you can’t go wrong with Live at Reading.
Encapsulating everything that Nirvana stood for: rage (Blistering set closer ‘Territorial Pissings’), vulnerability (‘Dumb’), the contradiction of being the biggest band in the world (Tthe definitive version of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’) and also being fiercely committed to the scene that spawned them (covering both Fang’s ‘The Money Will Roll Right In’ and Wipers ‘D-7’) Live at Reading is a revelation. While MTV’s Unplugged in New York takes all the plaudits, Live at Reading sees a band at ease, happy and actually having fun. It also gives a fascinating insight into how the tracks from Nevermind could (should?) have sounded had they not been so overproduced. I have no idea why it has taken me so long to watch this, if you are in any way a Nirvana fan, watch this immediately.