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Not much to say about today's advent treat except that as this year's 20th anniversary reissue of 1989's classic Bleach plus the bittersweet experience that is being able to relive the band's infamous 1992 Reading Festival appearance reminds us, it's just a shame that Nirvana aren't here this Xmas.
To business. This shot of Kurt and Krist wasn't actually taken at Xmas. Rather it was taken in Seattle by photographer Karen Mason Blair on 31st October, 1991. The band had released Nevermind only a month previously but it had already been certified a gold album by the time this photo was taken.
A month later, Nirvana embarked on a European tour and the video for Smells Like Teen Spirit went on constant MTV rotation. As Sonic Youth said in their documentary, this was truly the year that punk rock broke and by January the following year, Nevermind was number one on the Billboard chart.
The rest is history. Xmas isn't exactly celebrated by the band. A bootleg album Christmas in Seattle 1988 (full of Bleach outtakes plus their set from the Sub Pop 200 launch party at the Hollywood Underground Club, Seattle) can be easily hunted down.
However for those starting to think of the tragic events of 1994, maybe the festive thing to do is watch the band sing We Wish You A Merry Christmas in this rare video (click here to watch) - a bizarre but fun promo escapade made even weirder by the band declaring they "love RuPaul".
Enough. Go get a Santa hat, put the records on and sing along. What a band.