Saturday, February 20, 2010

ROCK Sex: 'Our little group has always been, and always will until the end'

ROCK Sex feels that 'all in all is all we are'.

Today's KURT COBAIN's birthday. This is a tribute to his memory.

One of the first tributes was on the heels of NIRVANA's breakthrough hit, "Smells Like Teen Spirit". TORI AMOS stripped the Grunge down to the fragile heart at the core of the song with this haunting ballad rendition.

TORI AMOS -"Smells Like Teen Spirit" (live)

In the wake of losing Kurt, many were moved to give back some of the galvanizing energy he had given them. SINEAD O'CONNOR made a luminous elegy out of his "All Apologies".

SINEAD O'CONNOR -"All Apologies" (1994)

When Kurt died, he referenced a NEIL YOUNG lyric, "it's better to burn out than it is to rust", in his farewell note. Young himself, familiar with the symptoms of Kurt's increasingly self-destructive behavior, had tried in vain to reach him before it was too late. Deeply hurt by the loss and pained by the lyric, Young and CRAZY HORSE dedicated their "Sleep With Angels" album and song to Kurt.

Taking a cue from his Beatles-inspired song "About a Girl", PATTI SMITH responded with "About a Boy". She later recorded a cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit".

PATTI SMITH -"About a Boy" (1996)

After four hard years, COURTNEY LOVE spoke to her pain in HOLE's "Reasons To Be Beautiful". She transforms Neil's lyric into the admonition "It's better to rise than fade away". The uplift and agony in the last minute of this song still brings me to tears.

HOLE -"Reasons To Be Beautiful" (1998)

"Take a rest,
As a friend,
As an old memory..."

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