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© Bruce Pavitt
I listened to the Astoria ’89 show last night –
“Ahhh. Yeah, I’ve only heard a couple of tracks from the live Nirvana Muddy Banks CD. I’ve never actually tracked down the full show. What I heard on that CD, especially Polly, were ripping.”
Absolutely. Were you at the show they did two years later?
“No, I wasn’t.”
Quite a difference. I watched that video to compare the shows. The second time there, it seemed as if the band were already conquering heroes; the first time, they came on like a band with everything to prove.
“Yeah, well, they were that, the band with everything to prove. But I have to say, before that, in the six weeks of touring Europe, they had really nailed some of those tunes. Kurt was really coming into his own as a songwriter at this time, too. Some of the post-Bleach tracks were pretty great. I like the song Been A Son, which they released right before they went on tour. I love that one. Polly is awesome, of course. You could see that Kurt’s songwriting was getting a little more stripped down, a bit more hypnotic.”