May 10, 2006

Nirvana: Live in Amsterdam 11/25/91

I have so been craving me some good and dirty old Nirvana lately. Then, serendipitously, I find this excellent show from one of my favorite European cities: Nirvana live in Amsterdam on November 25, 1991. A killer setlist with gems from Bleach, Incesticide, and Smells Like Teen Spirit; and it’s before they broke in the States, so the energy is live and pure and small-club energy abounds.

I also am timing this post to coincide with the latest issue of NME hitting the stands in Britain today, wherein Kurt Cobain is voted by NME readers to be the Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Hero OF ALL TIME. Agreed that he was great, I am just not positive about those last three words: OF ALL TIME. Really?

01. Lithium
02. Sliver
03. Breed
04. Been A Son
05. Negative Creep
06. On A Plain
07. Smells Like Teen Spirit
08. Drain You
09. Aneurysm
10. School
11. Floyd The Barber
12. About A Girl
13. Polly
14. Blew
15. Love Buzz


Note: The order of the setlist seems to have some discrepancies when I search on the internet, plus perhaps a song or two may be missing from the whole show as it was played. Just a note for the setlist purists. It still rocks.

Finally, via Last Second Thoughts blog, learn yourself a bit of Nirvana history that I always suspected from the first time I heard the name of their breakout single, but never had confirmed.


  • and i didn’t even know today was “Nirvana Day!” thanks for the link!

    jeffro — May 10, 2006 @ 4:35 pm

  • Hi! That’s awesome! I’m from New Zealand, just stumbled across your blog.

    Sarah N — May 10, 2006 @ 5:23 pm

  • Good work miss.

    My buddy/bandmate is a huge Nirvana nerd. You can tell him your birthday and he can tell you if Nirvana ever played on that date and where they played and probably something about the show as well.

    Absolutely ridiculous.

    Way to represent. Too many Nirvana-haters these days.

    Cousy — May 10, 2006 @ 9:35 pm

  • Hey, thanx for the mention.

    Derek — May 10, 2006 @ 9:48 pm

  • i saw his daughter on vh1, top artist’s kids with a bright future somethingorother…

    shes not in to music, but instead into fashion, a red carpet lover so far. shes only 13-14 right?

    i had no idea she was that old, or that i was… ugh…

    thanksfor this show. i lack nirvana in my repetoire.


    jethronh — May 11, 2006 @ 7:46 am

  • “Way to represent. Too many Nirvana-haters these days.”

    what’s that all about? too many shit bands following in their footsteps ruined it for them? never understood why all of the nirvana haters started popping up.

    analogue|digital — May 11, 2006 @ 8:50 am

  • I’m a negative creep.

    Rich — May 11, 2006 @ 9:14 am

  • Thanks, Heather. I think Cobain was a great songwriter, vastly underrated. Even at the peak of Nirvana’s success I think that aspect of his talent took a back seta to the fact that they rocked, and the songs were catchy. I always liked them but really began to appreciate the SONGS when they did “Unplugged”; stripped to their essence, the cleverness and beauty of the songs jumped out at me and I then felt like I was discovering Nirvana anew. Thanks again for the post. The show rocks – hard!

    witchnose — May 11, 2006 @ 10:04 am

  • Very cool, Heather, thanks (and many belated congrats on the landing the writing gig, that’s awesome!). By the way, have I been asleep for a few years and suddenly Cobain can be considered ‘Underrated’? That guy still lands on the cover of Spin, NME, Rolling Stone etc. on an annual basis. Pretty sure he’s getting his due respect.

    chris — May 11, 2006 @ 2:09 pm

  • hmm…… kurt. i don’t bow down to his genius, but i would have loved to have heard him do a decade more song-writing. i think he would have blown our minds with some awesome melodies. heather – awesome about the writing thing. never forget the little people ;)

    c — May 12, 2006 @ 8:37 am

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

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