Since it seems to be Grunge Week on the internet – 20 years since Nevermind came out – with articles in the Guardian and Collapse Board, there seems to have been some controversy as to which bands should be mentioned and which were not part of it at all.
I was reminded of a great episode of The Late Show – a culture programme on BBC2 – called No Nirvana – which simply featured live-in-the-studio performances from alternative rock bands such as Jane’s Addiction, Dinosaur Jr, Sugar, Smashing Pumpkins, etc. I thought Rage Against The Machine’s inclusion was a bit odd (if welcome), and REM downright out of place, but you can’t really argue with Sonic Youth’s amazing performance of Drunken Butterfly.
Let’s watch it, shall we?
From uploader okee9’s notes:
Broadcast BBC 2 1993
….Missing few songs from beginning including Pearl Jam [you didn’t miss much]
Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing
Dinosaur Jr – Get Me
Sonic Youth – Drunken Butterfly
REM – Half A World Away
Screaming Trees – Dollar Bill
Sugar – Helpless
Rage Against The Machine – Bullet in the Head
Smashing Pumpkins – Rhinoceros