“Heart-Shaped Box”- Nirvana

Even though my friend Matt always says the best grunge band is not Nirvana but rather Bush and the only reason that Nirvana is so popular is because of Kurt Cobain’s death, I have to disagree. For one, they are an amazing band and that has nothing to do with the fact that Cobain sadly committed suicide.  Additionally, Cobain’s voice just fits the angst-filled lyrics and distorted guitars that is grunge. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is by far Nirvana’s most popular song. It was featured on Nevermind, an album that changed the music scene not only in Seattle but around the world.

But I have already talked about that song (and about my love of flannel shirts). But my new favorite Nirvana song is quickly becoming “Heart-Shaped Box” from their 1993 In Utero, right before Kurt’s downward spiral. It is one of their slower songs, but it allows Kurt’s voice to shine through the distorted background noise.

Many people say that this song is about Courtney Love and Cobain’s relationship. But I really disagree. The lyrics fit well with the theory that it is about a child with cancer. And the music video sort of fits with that take on the lyrics. Though the music video is layered with meaning, many layers which I am just starting to understand.

Overall, it is a great song and the chorus will probably be stuck in my head all day long.

Hey! Wait! I got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice
Hey! Wait! I got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice

Nirvana: Good or just hyped because of the death of Cobain?


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