“Top 50 by Nirvana” [Mixtape]

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Top 50 by Nirvana - Kurt Cobain listed these as his Top 50 albums in his journal, probably sometime in 1993.  The playlist below includes a song from each album, two songs from a few of the albums.

Kurt Cobain listed these as his Top 50 albums in his journal, probably sometime in 1993. The playlist below includes a song from each album, two songs from a few of the albums.

 

Iggy & the Stooges – Raw Power (1973)
Pixies – Surfer Rosa (1988)
The Breeders – Pod (1990)
The Vaselines – Dying for It (1988, listed as Pink EP)
The Shaggs – Philosophy of the World (1969)
Fang – Landshark (1982)
MDC – Millions of Dead Cops (1981)
Scratch Acid – Scratch Acid (1984, listed as 1st EP)
Saccharine Trust – Paganicons (1981, listed as 1st EP)
Butthole Surfers – Pee Pee the Sailor (1983)
Black Flag – My War (1984)
Bad Brains – Rock for Light (1983)
Gang of Four – Entertainment! (1979)
Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)
The Frogs – It’s Only Right and Natural (1989)
PJ Harvey – Dry (1992)
Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (1988)
The Knack – Get the Knack (1979)
The Saints – Know Your Product (1978)
Kleenex – “anything by:” (1978-1983, possibly referring to 1993’s Kleenex/LiLiPUT compilation)
The Raincoats – The Raincoats (1979)
Young Marble Giants – Colossal Youth (1980)
Aerosmith – Rocks (1976)
Various Artists – What Is It. (1982, erroneously listed as What Is This?)
R.E.M. – Green (1988)
Shonen Knife – Burning Farm (K Records version, 1985)
The Slits – Typical Girls (1979)
The Clash – Combat Rock (1982)
The Faith/Void – The Faith/Void (1982)
Rites of Spring – Rites of Spring (1985)
Beat Happening – Jamboree (1988)
Tales of Terror – Tales of Terror (1984)
Leadbelly – Leadbelly’s Last Sessions Volume One (1953)
Mudhoney – Superfuzz Bigmuff (1988)
Daniel Johnston – Yip/Jump Music (1983)
Flipper – Album – Generic Flipper (1982)
The Beatles – Meet the Beatles! (1964)
Half Japanese – We Are They Who Ache with Amorous Love (1990)
Butthole Surfers – Locust Abortion Technician (1987)
Black Flag – Damaged (1981)
Fear – The Record (1982)
Public Image Ltd – The Flowers of Romance (1981)
Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
Marine Girls – Beach Party (1982)
David Bowie – The Man Who Sold the World (1970)
Wipers – Is This Real? (1980)
Wipers – Youth of America (1981)
Wipers – Over the Edge (1983)
Mazzy Star – She Hangs Brightly (1990)
Swans – Young God (1984, erroneously listed as Raping a Slave)

  • Dave

    Nice work. I love “anything by Kleenex” – now that’s awesome taste: It’s a shame Kurt didn’t get to hear the later live finds. Marlene Marder had apparently been circulating an unofficial retrospective to friends and fellow musicians before the Swiss release, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if a copy had made its way to Seattle – so it could still be 1992 (the wording suggests he might be thinking anyway of their many individual vinyl releases).
    But what the heck is The Knack doing in there??? I guess everyone has a musical skeleton closeted away somewhere.:)

  • lol

    cunts rok

  • John the Savage

    As a huge R.E.M. fan (who already knew about the Automatic for the People connection), I’m rather surprised to see Green as the album by them Kurt picked. Maybe he liked the band for different reasons than I do. I would like to see a different track on the playlist, though, that song’s a self-consciously-bubblegum-pop song, and also the first song on the album, which leads me to believe you guys just picked it for that reason. “You Are the Everything” and “World Leader Pretend” are much better songs from Green.