Teenage angst has paid off well / Now I'm bored and POLLed: The ILM Nirvana poll results thread (Poll #69)

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39 Ballots received
77 different tracks voted for

Let's go!

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 18:09 (three years ago) link

alright! how many tracks in the countdown?

Viva la Wu Tang or Meth and All His Friends (some dude), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 18:11 (three years ago) link

I'm going to do a top 40 - feels right with the number of votes. Actually it's a top 41, #40 is tied...

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 18:13 (three years ago) link

Woo! Glad I got back in time for this!

Turrican, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 18:14 (three years ago) link

Album sidepoll to start with - 29 ballots included a favourite album.

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 18:17 (three years ago) link

Six albums received votes...

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c4/Nirvana-FromTheMuddyBanksOfTheWishkah.jpg/220px-Nirvana-FromTheMuddyBanksOfTheWishkah.jpg

6. From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996)
1 vote

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 18:20 (three years ago) link

I predict: In Utero > Unplugged > Nevermind > Incesticide > Bleach.

Turrican, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 18:24 (three years ago) link

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/5/54/Nirvana_mtv_unplugged_in_new_york.png/220px-Nirvana_mtv_unplugged_in_new_york.png

TIE #4: MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)
2 votes

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 18:25 (three years ago) link

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/85/Nirvana-Incesticide.jpg/220px-Nirvana-Incesticide.jpg

TIE #4: Incesticide (1992)
2 votes

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 18:37 (three years ago) link

Interesting. Both Unplugged and Incesticide always seem far more popular than Bleach.

Turrican, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 18:42 (three years ago) link

I do wonder how different it would've been if I'd asked for a top three.

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 18:46 (three years ago) link

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a1/Nirvana-Bleach.jpg/220px-Nirvana-Bleach.jpg

3. Bleach (1989)
3 votes

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 18:49 (three years ago) link

Sincerely curious which of the major-label studio albums will be #1.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 18:50 (three years ago) link

Big jump in votes here.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b7/NirvanaNevermindalbumcover.jpg/220px-NirvanaNevermindalbumcover.jpg

2. Nevermind (1991)
10 votes

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 19:02 (three years ago) link

Good choice, ILM.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 19:41 (three years ago) link

I'd always assumed that In Utero would have had far, far more votes than Nevermind but after reading the discussions in the voting thread, I was actually left feeling not quite sure as to which way it would go. Glad to see it was this one, though.

Turrican, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 19:44 (three years ago) link

Yep, glad it was this one too.

Going to make a start on the tracks, will do 40-31 today at least.

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 20:02 (three years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/3Zjtk06.jpg

TIE 40. Floyd the Barber
106 points, 6 votes

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 20:09 (three years ago) link

YES! One of my personal highlights of Bleach, this.

Turrican, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 20:12 (three years ago) link

my albums choice was most def btwn Unplugged and Nevermind.

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 20:14 (three years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/Rz98EP8.jpg

TIE 40. Molly's Lips
106 points, 6 votes

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 20:29 (three years ago) link

great picture. remember reading Kurt saying that was one of the greatest moments of his life

flappy bird, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 20:32 (three years ago) link

who other singer

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 20:36 (three years ago) link

Eugene Kelly from the Vaselines, I'd guess?

one way street, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 20:38 (three years ago) link

Yes

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 20:39 (three years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/77OqQ81.jpg

39. Sifting
112 points, 6 votes

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 20:44 (three years ago) link

Nice, a Bleach deep cut I voted for!

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 20:52 (three years ago) link

I'm excited for the rollout! And I voted for mollys lips, so fun.

Modern French Music from Failure to Boulez (askance johnson), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 21:00 (three years ago) link

Whoops, just realised Sifting should've been a tied #38 with...

http://i.imgur.com/Zxf7VSg.jpg

TIE 38. I Hate Myself and Want to Die
112 points, 6 votes

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 21:04 (three years ago) link

http://imgur.com/XvMkFCJ

37. tourette's
119 points, 7 votes

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 21:30 (three years ago) link

Try again...

https://i.imgur.com/XvMkFCJ.jpg

37. tourette's
119 points, 7 votes

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 21:31 (three years ago) link

First song from my ballot to place

EveningStar (Sund4r), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 21:38 (three years ago) link

Another cover version up next.

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 21:42 (three years ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/vpETKqH.jpg

36. The Man Who Sold the World
127 points, 7 votes

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 21:46 (three years ago) link

sifting? seriously? surprised. none of mine have placed yet

flappy bird, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 21:50 (three years ago) link

Yeah Sifting was one I did not expect to make it.

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 21:54 (three years ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/Ck2KVBG.jpg

35. Stay Away
133 points, 7 votes

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 21:58 (three years ago) link

ALMOST voted for that one

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 21:58 (three years ago) link

It didn't make my ballot and there are half a dozen others I prefer on Nevermind but it does have one of their best intros.

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 22:01 (three years ago) link

Our first song with votes in double figures:

https://i.imgur.com/Oa9nbC6.jpg

34. Territorial Pissings
178 points, 10 votes

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 22:13 (three years ago) link

Stay Away is the closet Nevermind has to filler.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 22:14 (three years ago) link

I wonder whether Bowie or Nirvana benefited most from the cover.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 22:16 (three years ago) link

Stay Away is the closet Nevermind has to filler.

― kornrulez6969, Wednesday, November 11, 2015 5:14 PM (7 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

otm. also, territorial pissings has the worst line on the album: "when i was an alien / cultures weren't opinions" wtf kurt

flappy bird, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 22:23 (three years ago) link

as I said on the other thread, i had the somewhat odd experience of In Utero being my first Nirvana album, and it shaped my taste and what i would start listening to soon after in a really major way. but over the years of going back and forth, i ultimately voted for Nevermind as my favorite album, it's just more consistently enjoyable to me.

so far "Tourette's" and "Territorial Pissings" are the only ones i've voted for, i voted for a lot of their 'this song is overtly, deliberately nonsensical' songs.

Viva la Wu Tang or Meth and All His Friends (some dude), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 22:24 (three years ago) link

(xposts) Yeah I don't know - I always thought it was a fairly obscure choice of Bowie song prior to that but then Lulu did have a big hit with it over here.

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 22:27 (three years ago) link

Another one I was quite surprised to see place:

https://i.imgur.com/D9H4Gzu.jpg

33. Swap Meet
182 points, 8 votes

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 22:30 (three years ago) link

TRUTHBOMB/CHALLOP: Nirvana gave Bowie better cred in the 90s than Reznor ever did.

Jesus Krist of Novoselic (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 22:31 (three years ago) link

oh no doubt

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 22:31 (three years ago) link

fuck yeah swap meet! my #3

flappy bird, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 22:31 (three years ago) link

i think the song i've enjoyed the most listening to the poll results that i didn't think of voting for is "Swap Meet," really overlooked that one

some dude, Saturday, 14 November 2015 00:48 (three years ago) link

yes!!!

flappy bird, Saturday, 14 November 2015 00:54 (three years ago) link

Milk It
Dumb
Lithium
Aneurysm
Negative Creep
Pennyroyal Tea
Where Did You Sleep Last Light?
Very Ape
Drain You
Lounge Act
School
D7
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Stay Away
Scentless Apprentice
Sappy
Breed
Molly’s Lips
Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
Swap Meet

favorite album: In Utero

Modern French Music from Failure to Boulez (askance johnson), Saturday, 14 November 2015 00:55 (three years ago) link

i don't dislike "You Know You're Right" but i kind of appreciate seeing, some years after all the hype that attended its release, that it's been more or less discarded as an inessential leftover and not The Great Lost Nirvana Single.

some dude, Saturday, 14 November 2015 01:43 (three years ago) link

maybe it's just that it's one of my favorite Velvet's songs, but I love their version of 'Here She Comes Now' that's on the Fifteen Minutes tribute.

campreverb, Saturday, 14 November 2015 01:56 (three years ago) link

i enjoy "you know you're right" as a song but the mix on the self-titled 'best-of' is atrocious. would have been good with rawer 'in utero' style production, imo

brimstead, Saturday, 14 November 2015 02:08 (three years ago) link

scoffing @ #1

kevin smith what a bro (Myonga Vön Bontee), Saturday, 14 November 2015 02:33 (three years ago) link

scoff away

resulting post (rogermexico.), Saturday, 14 November 2015 08:38 (three years ago) link

Dive
Drain You
Aneurysm
Come As You Are
Floyd the Barber
In Bloom
Curmudgeon
Lounge Act
Spank Thru
School
Scentless Apprentice
Very Ape
Breed
Hairspray Queen
Dumb
Beeswax
Negative Creep
Blew
Oh the Guilt
Swap Meet

Birds in Hell, Saturday, 14 November 2015 08:45 (three years ago) link

Lounge Act
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Sappy
Where Did You Sleep Last Night
Son Of A Gun
Pennyroyal Tea
Lithium
Molly's Lips
You Know You're Right
All Apologies
Endless, Nameless
Rape Me
Breed
Territorial Pissings
Sliver
School
In Bloom
Polly
Stay Away
Heart-Shaped Box

album: Nevermind

droit au butt (Euler), Saturday, 14 November 2015 12:09 (three years ago) link

1. “On a Plain”
2. “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
3. “Heart-Shaped Box”
4. “All Apologies”
5. “Dumb”
6. “Sliver”

clemenza, Saturday, 14 November 2015 14:32 (three years ago) link

Thanks Gavin!

Frances Farmer Will Have her Revenge on Seattle
Aneurysm
Dumb
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Heart Shaped Box
Serve the Servants
Aero Zeppelin
Swap Meet
Love Buzz
Lithium
The Man Who Sold the World
Sifting
Milk It
On a Plain
Hairspray Queen
Mr Moustache
Big Long Now
Paper Cuts
Lounge Act
Where Did You Sleep Last Night

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Saturday, 14 November 2015 14:58 (three years ago) link

I didn't vote because apparently I have a terrible memory for Nirvana song titles (all through the countdown I was going "hmm... <goes to youtube> oh yeah, this one!") but thank you all for the joy I felt when School - Sliver - Breed came up in quick succession

a passing spacecadet, Saturday, 14 November 2015 15:22 (three years ago) link

"Sliver", "Sappy", and "Dive" were the ones I didn't vote for that I was happiest to rediscover through this poll.

Also, thanks, Gavin!

EveningStar (Sund4r), Saturday, 14 November 2015 15:42 (three years ago) link

im remembering so many songs too!

TOKEN EASTERN SONG!

https://youtu.be/rmFcXfRGYWI

flappy bird, Saturday, 14 November 2015 18:21 (three years ago) link

Won't post my entire list, but I was the guy that voted for Breed as my #1.
#2 was On A Plain.

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 14 November 2015 18:27 (three years ago) link

huh, nobody voted for Talk to Me. I almost did, maybe I should have.

Modern French Music from Failure to Boulez (askance johnson), Saturday, 14 November 2015 18:29 (three years ago) link

didnt vote but probably should have. genuinely surprised at SLTS taking #1. i thought Aneurysm was a shoo-in

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 14 November 2015 19:05 (three years ago) link

oh man that velvets cover is amazing and i'd somehow never heard it before

kurt screaming out the chorus just feels right

would have voted for it

hackshaw, Saturday, 14 November 2015 20:34 (three years ago) link

Considering also what was left off that's not a bad list of songs - as a legacy of a decent songwriter I think it holds up pretty well.

Hinklepicker, Saturday, 14 November 2015 20:44 (three years ago) link

really i do suspect those of you who don't think "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is one of Nirvana's 20 best recordings of pure frontin'

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 15 November 2015 04:05 (three years ago) link

^^^^^

albvivertine, Sunday, 15 November 2015 04:48 (three years ago) link

i didn't vote for it, but my thinking was more like "it would be just outside my top 10 but it doesn't need my vote and i can make room for more songs"

some dude, Sunday, 15 November 2015 05:10 (three years ago) link

really i do suspect those of you who don't think "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is one of Nirvana's 20 best recordings of pure frontin'

― skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius)

You and I seem to have very different taste in Nirvana songs, but I would agree with this.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Sunday, 15 November 2015 12:59 (three years ago) link

Heart Shaped Box
Serve The Servants
Do Re Mi
Curmudgeon

Milk It
Oh The Guilt
Beeswax
Hairspray Queen

Breed
If You Must
The Money Will Roll Right In

Been A Son
About a Girl
Son Of a Gun
Endless Nameless

Blew
Scentless Apprentice
Drain You
Scoff
Pennyroyal Tea

billstevejim, Sunday, 15 November 2015 16:07 (three years ago) link

xp Yeah "Turnaround" kicks so much ass. Although out of the 4 covers from that session, their version of "Son of a Gun" pulls on my nostalgia strings the most.

#43-59 comprise most of the Nirvana jams I still pump on a somewhat regular basis.

billstevejim, Sunday, 15 November 2015 16:13 (three years ago) link

"Francis Farmer" getting the most #1 votes means it's the actual winner.

billstevejim, Sunday, 15 November 2015 16:19 (three years ago) link

"Scoff" getting only two votes is kinda absurd

welltris (crüt), Sunday, 15 November 2015 16:45 (three years ago) link

wow do I love "Scentless Apprentice", I think I'd never really listened to it before this poll (despite buying the album the day it came out). but sometimes it takes years, and new ears, and tbh good headphones.

so thanks poll! never really gave In Utero a real chance until now.

droit au butt (Euler), Sunday, 15 November 2015 16:49 (three years ago) link

One of the reasons (of many) that I like In Utero so much is that I can hear a fair amount of post-punk influence in there... 'Radio Friendly Unit Shifter' reminds me quite a lot of 'Annalisa' by Public Image Ltd. and the bridge between the verses and the "GO AWAY!" chorus on 'Scentless Apprentice' (the ascending guitar part) reminds me a lot of the intro to 'Something Must Break' by Joy Division.

Turrican, Sunday, 15 November 2015 20:46 (three years ago) link

There's hints of post-punk, The Beatles, R.E.M. and Pixies amongst other things, and all tied together with Kurt's unique melodic sense and the way he formulates his chord progressions.

Turrican, Sunday, 15 November 2015 20:54 (three years ago) link

Thanks to Mr. Gavin. Leeds for running the pool! It will live forever in the Heart Shaped Box of my heart.

My ballot:

1
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Drain You
In Bloom
Lounge Act
All Apologies
Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
Breed
Very Ape
Come As You Are
On a Plain
Dive
Sliver
Rape Me
Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle
School
Sifting
About a Girl
Opinion
Lithium
Sappy
20

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 15 November 2015 20:56 (three years ago) link

Teen Spirit is a moment in time that I cant get back to. I couldn't vote for it. Other songs still work the way they're supposed to; just not Teen spirit.

The Once-ler, Monday, 16 November 2015 00:52 (three years ago) link

I still find "Breed" as thrilling as any great Ramones song. It never gets old. Maybe I should have made it my #1. Or maybe I should have voted...

Sam Weller, Tuesday, 17 November 2015 15:16 (three years ago) link

i wish i had voted in this. aneurysm! oh the guilt!

i had that grunge family tree taped up in my locker during high school.

maura, Tuesday, 17 November 2015 16:31 (three years ago) link

i wish i had included Dive in my list. not an oversight so much as having not realized how good it was until after the results came out.

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 17 November 2015 16:39 (three years ago) link

Toad or toe, people? The only thing I liked about that song was that he may have run down his pet amphibian.

how's life, Tuesday, 17 November 2015 17:03 (three years ago) link

oh the guilt = my favourite song not to place

a passing spacecadet, Tuesday, 17 November 2015 18:27 (three years ago) link

moist vagina is such a great overlooked track, classic alone for Kurt wailing "MARIJUANAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!" and then the vocal fry at the end

flappy bird, Tuesday, 17 November 2015 18:41 (three years ago) link

really i do suspect those of you who don't think "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is one of Nirvana's 20 best recordings of pure frontin'

― skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Sunday, November 15, 2015 4:05 AM (2 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I don't think it is, and I'm definitely not "frontin'"

Turrican, Tuesday, 17 November 2015 19:31 (three years ago) link

ok i believe you

(i just don't understand)

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 17 November 2015 19:37 (three years ago) link

Yeah, I don't quite get the Smells Like Teen Spirit contempt. That's part of the reason I made it my #1, to counteract the negative creeps (Just kidding). In truth any of my top 5 could have been 1.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 18 November 2015 01:32 (three years ago) link

I'm far far more sick of Lithium and Come As You Are than Smells Like Teen Spirit.

nate woolls, Wednesday, 18 November 2015 12:03 (three years ago) link

been a son is a pretty cool song. i've never heard it before. thanks poll!

dynamicinterface, Thursday, 19 November 2015 03:37 (three years ago) link

Thanks to the poll for making me listen to "Do Re Mi" for the first time. It's great! I can't believe I never sought it out. I guess I was put off by the price of the big box set (I had no money then) and ignored the "best of the box" thing. It's a rough cut, but I had bits of it stuck in my head for days. What a shame the world never got the "next" Nirvana record, with that, "You Know You're Right," and hell maybe even some songs that showed up on the first Foo Fighters album. Wasn't it meant to be like the White Album, with a little bit of everything? Maybe I'm wrong, but I recall Kurt was supposed to go out to Georgia and meet with Michael Stipe and throw around some ideas. Ach, what a loss...

Sam Weller, Thursday, 19 November 2015 11:33 (three years ago) link

Lounge Act
Aneurysm
School
Dumb
Even In His Youth - actually discovered this song while making my list
Scentless Apprentice
Milk It
Stay Away
Drain You
Negative Creep
All Apologies
Come As You Are
Molly's Lips
Breed
Sliver
Been A Son
Do Re Mi
Marigold
The Man Who Sold The World
Heart-Shaped Box

The funny thing was that I had a really hard time picking 20 songs but ordering those 20 didn't matter too much.
I love that 'Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle' ranked so high because that was my hardest cut.

I'm also glad that Wishkah did really good considering 'Spank Thru' was the only song that didn't place.
The Wishkah versions of several songs are better than the stereo versions.

The Once-ler, Sunday, 22 November 2015 22:00 (three years ago) link

'Molly's Lips' was the other song I never actually noticed until I made my list.

The Once-ler, Sunday, 22 November 2015 22:01 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

I ranked a few faves.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 12:08 (six months ago) link

No Incesticide? I know it's not strictly an album but with such a sparse discography I'd have thought you'd take everything you could get.

Also I think my rankings would possibly be exactly the opposite way round to yours (some days IU first and Bleach second).

chap, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 15:57 (six months ago) link

Yes - felt that way since it came out. Ultimately, he was a great singer, and never communicated more clearly than on Unplugged. All the covers freed him up to really reveal something that his instinctively blunt poesy kept hidden.

eva logorrhea (bendy), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 16:05 (six months ago) link


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