Nirvana, Aneurysm, Live at the Paramount Theatre, Seattle, 1991
Nirvana’s debut, Bleach, had a lot more to do with grunge in its pure state, but Aneurysm, written long after Bleach but not used on Nevermind, may have been their final grunge masterpiece. Big, loud rock riffs, pop culture parody, self-conscious self-disgust, Aneurysm is introduced with an echoey, descending riff that was soon blasted into full arena-ready velocity, the verses were centered on a crunchy but dirt-simple two-chord structure as Kurt Cobain, in a snarl that sounded like a grand parody of bare-chested rockers of several eras. Anguish and suffering do the rest.
- “Aneurysm”, Mark Deming