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HBD, Kurt Cobain! To Celebrate His 48th Birthday, Check Out This Killer Comp Of Nirvana Covers

Although he hasn’t been with us in human form for more than two decades, Kurt Cobain still remains one of the most talked-about and creative musicians of our time.

This week, the former Nirvana frontman would’ve turned 48 years old. (His birthday was February 20.) Regardless of whether you prayed at the altar of ’90s-era flannel or simply admired what the guy stood for, you could probably spend hours—nay, days—hypothesizing about what the illegally talented grunge icon would be doing today.

Would he still be making music? Would he still be married to Courtney Love? Would he be living off the grid in a passive solar earth house in the high-desert wilderness of Northern Arizona?

Regardless of where he would’ve ended up, one thing’s for sure: We’d still be totally captivated by Cobain.

To celebrate his day of birth, the good people at Pigeons And Planes asked bands to cover their favorite Nirvana song so they could put it together on a compilation mixtape called Teenage Angst Has Paid Off Well.


The result is a Nirvana covers album filled with a diversity of artists, like Kevin Abstract (“Something In The Way”), Kwamie Liv (“About A Girl”) and Kevin Garrett (“In Bloom”). The entire playlist can be streamed and downloaded below.

In addition to the upcoming anniversary of Cobain’s death on April 5, another posthumous milestone will be the release of Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, an HBO documentary that premiered at Sundance this year. Not only did Cobain’s family give unprecedented access to the filmmakers, but daughter Francis Bean serves as an executive producer on the project.


Montage Of Heck will premiere May 4 on HBO.

[H/T: MTV Unplugged, Empire Online]

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  1. Wil says:

    You missed out Tori Amos and the Bad Plus’ cover of Smells Like Teen Spirit.  Your list completely fails.

  2. HurtMyEars says:

    Kurt’s memory isn’t honored by these songs. 

    • hashess says:

      i dont think they tried to sound like nirvana. only like extremely similar note structures as a way to make more music from the inspiration of Kurt’s albums. but i wasnt a fan of them either, maybe all apologies. or something in the way mainly because kurts voice of the beginning sound cool and the creepy beat.

  3. Ugh.  I’ll try to listen to all of these, but I went straight to Zelooper doing Negative Creep and it suuuuuucks.

  4. agirlyman says:

    How old it he in dead years?

  5. Eric g says:

    little daylight covering pennyroyal tea is badass!!