In Utero 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe- The long winded review. (Part 1)

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I’m sure that you are all thinking “why the fuck is he reviewing this on a site that’s not really a music blog”? And I’ll tell you why I’m doing it. Because since the 90s Nirvana have always been my personal favorite band of all time. There are also a lot of reviews of this thing available out there, but not a lot that are very in depth. A few paragraphs about the most notable things and that’s it. I am doing this review with the hope that other Nirvana fans see it and can make a better decision on whether or not they want to purchase the In Utero: Super Deluxe set. Hopefully I can provide a little more insight into what makes this multi-disc set seriously fucking awesome.

And that should be my review right there. It’s awesome. Over 70 tracks and everything you could want pertaining to the 1993 release are there. It’s far superior to the Nevermind: Super Deluxe set.

Though originally titled I Hate Myself and Want To Die (this would later be used for the name of a song) In Utero hardly sounds like a depressing record¬† from a guy who was about to kill himself. It was actually released with quite a bit of mixed fanfare. The band wanted to make a more abrasive and raw record, something that was very much the opposite of Nevermind. They chose Steve Albini to record In Utero (look up his other work, he’s great at recording bands) and following the recording of the album their record label pretty much hated it. There were rumors the album was unlistenable, and leaked releases of the unmixed record had a lot people thinking those rumors were true. As a matter of fact, the label hated it enough to bring in Scott Litt (previously known for working with REM) to remix two songs (Heart Shaped Box, All Apologies) for the record. These songs were clearly meant to be released as singles and the label was worried about how the average audience would respond to them. So the album was released with Litt’s two remixed songs and it debuted on the Billboard charts at #1.

And the rest was history. The album got an overwhelmingly good response and is considered by a lot of people to be Kurt Cobain’s personal masterpiece. The album WAS indeed raw, but incredibly powerful. A lot of the music was heavier than Nevermind, but the songs still maintained the melodic sense that Kurt Cobain was so good at delivering.

M_NirvanaInUteroBoxSetSo let’s get on with the 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe set and what it includes besides a poster and fancy book including the letter Steve Albini wrote to the band accepting their request to record the album. It’s a 3 disc set and includes a DVD of their MTV Live and Loud performance complete with songs not originally aired on television. I’m going to start with the music and briefly cover the DVD last. So on with it.

Disc 1

Disc 1 includes the original album as it was released, along with other songs that didn’t make the album and ended up being B-sides. They include “Gallons of Rubbing Alchohol Flow Through the Strip”, “Marigold”,”Sappy”, “Moist Vagina”, and “I Hate Myself and Want to Die”.

The following songs are remixed and are different from the previous versions in various ways.

Moist Vagina
Really cool mix that makes the song longer, and brings out the hard parts better. The cymbals seem hotter. I like it more than the original version.

Sappy
Still sounds pretty slick to me, it’s very comparable to the original version but it’s remastered so naturally it sounds a bit better.

I Hate Myself and Want to Die
Sounds heavy and nasty as shit. Love it, love it love it. Great version of a song that’s mostly forgotten.

The disc ends with Scott Litt’s version of “Pennyroyal Tea” (which was the version released on the ultra-rare single for the song and likely would have been the version used for the music video that was never made due to Kurt’s suicide). I frankly like it more than Albini’s, and it’s the only Litt mix I truly enjoy. The song sounds bigger, the vocals doubled and a slicker sound. This song deserved the treatment.

Also included are the Steve Albini mixes of “Heart Shaped Box” and “All Apologies“. I like both of the Albini mixes better. The songs sound more intimate when they are stripped down and a little nastier.

Overall, disc 1¬† features the essential shit that you need in a set like this. The album, all the tracks recorded that could have been on the album but didn’t make it, and alternate mixes. All important stuff to the story of In Utero.

The funniest named race car driver ever has killed himself

Dick Trickle, a man with one motherfucking funny name and former Nascar driver has committed suicide. And he had the decency to do it at a cemetery, so apparently Dick also wasn’t aware of proper burial procedure.

Go to TMZ for their touching photo gallery of Dick Trickle moments. I actually have had a few Dick Trickle moments myself, mainly when I think I’m done peeing but still have a little left in the ol’ wang.

God must have needed a trickling dick

Dick Trickle DEAD … NASCAR Driver Commits Suicide | TMZ.com.

Back when I was a kid… (Logg 64 brings you more Kickass Live)

So today is the 19th anniversary of Kurt Cobain killing himself. This makes me old as fuck. Now I know half of the blogs in the world have already covered this notable news bite at this point in the day, but it reminds me of a story my wife recently told me about being in a line at a local Wal Mart (or some fucking store like that) and having a conversation with someone at the checkout and somehow Kurt Cobain came up. The cashier, a younger chick literally had no fucking idea who he was. Even the guy next to my wife in line gave this chick a look like “Holy FUCK how can you NOT know?” So this post is for that stupid Millenium kid who knows nothing about music or popular culture.

Kurt Cobain was in a band called Nirvana. Some of us old people liked that band a lot back in the olden days. He never used autotune. He was way better than most of the shit that came after him. Here he is kicking the living shit out of two of his songs. RIP.

Spiderman vs the Yeti: with bonus assplay

It’s been a while since I’ve posted so I thought I’d take a moment to post this absolute gem.

The Electric Company is a show kids in the 70s watched, and one of the forgotten things about it is that Spiderman was a regular character on the show. Every week they would have a segment where Spiderman took care of some horribly shitty villain that wasn’t part of the Marvel Universe. Seriously, they just made up fucking villains rather than using the ones Spiderman typically would fight. And BOY WERE THEY SOME WINNERS.

This is my personal favorite video. It’s Spiderman vs the Yeti. Now normally a Yeti could be an interesting monster for Spidey to fight, but this Yeti is special. He fucking LOVES to shove shit right up his ASS. I am not kidding. Watch this video and watch a Yeti do some serious gaping. Holy fuck.

The Ray Lewis video the NFL doesn’t want you to see.

It’s the last game in the long career of Ray Lewis. Let’s all celebrate by making fun of him. This is an old gem from Saturday Night Live. He didn’t kill no motherfuckin’ lion!

Saturday TV Funhouse: Ray of Light

Piece of shit molests yet again.

Occasionally I bring you news that I tag under the category of “Low Forms of Life” (see the side menu for more). And this fucking story is another great example. In an effort to apparently remind us all that there is plenty of evil in the world 72 year old Norbert Degroot has molested a fucking four-year old child. I could have told you this was going to happen just by looking at a his picture. Holy fucking creepy.

And as if that’s not fucking bad enough, this guy was previously convicted in 1989 of the SAME GOD DAMNED THING. Fuck man, the system isn’t working at all. Unbelievable and sad.

Here is the awful story.

 

Biggest fucking wave ever surfed.

This is hardly video that people haven’t seen, it’s everywhere. But I absolutely HAD to add this to Video Bliss as it’s fucking amazing. 45 year old Garret McNamara has apparently surfed the biggest god damned wave anybody has ever surfed. Pure fucking insanity. Apparently the jet skier also may have set a new world record ( I can only guess for being the dumbest person to ever ride a jet ski). I don’t usually share totally viral shit but this deserves it. Here’s ABC News take on it.