From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah

From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah
Live album by Nirvana
Released October 1, 1996
Recorded 1989–1994
Genre Grunge, punk rock
Length 53:55
Language English
Label DGC
Producer Shauna O' Brien, Diane Stata
Nirvana live albums chronology
MTV Unplugged in New York
(1994)
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah
(1996)
Live at Reading
(2009)

From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah is a live album by the American grunge band, Nirvana. It was released on October 1, 1996 and features live performances recorded from 1989 to 1994. As opposed to Nirvana's previous live album, MTV Unplugged in New York (1994), which features an acoustic performance, From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah is a compilation of live electric performances.

The album opened at number one on the Billboard 200. It spent 25 weeks on the chart and became the band's sixth platinum album since 1991. As of January 2007, it has sold over 1.2 million copies in the United States alone. [1][not in citation given]

Contents

Release

From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah was the second Nirvana album to be released following the death of singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain in April 1994. It was compiled primarily by Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, who also penned the album's liner notes. Novoselic and Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl had originally intended on releasing a live album in 1994, to accompany what became MTV Unplugged in New York in a two-disc set originally titled Verse Chorus Verse, named after both a Nirvana song and the most prevalent song structure in the band's music, but were emotionally unable to compile it so soon after Cobain's death. [2]

The album's title refers to the Wishkah River in Aberdeen, Washington, where Cobain claimed to have spent nights sleeping under the Young Street Bridge as a teenager (as referenced in the song "Something in the Way," from the band's 1991 release, Nevermind). This claim has since been refuted by Novoselic, who said, "He never lived under that bridge. He hung out there, but you couldn't live on those muddy banks, with the tide coming up and down. That was his own revisionism." [3]

No commercial singles were released from the album, but promotional singles were sent out for a number of songs, including "Aneurysm" (U.S., U.K., and Australia), "Drain You" (U.S.), "Lithium" (the Netherlands), "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Spain and France), "Heart-Shaped Box" (Australia), and "Polly" (Australia).

"Aneurysm" from the 1994 home video Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! and "Drain You" from the MTV Live and Loud performance on December 13, 1993 in Seattle, Washington were used as music videos to promote the album, but are different from the versions used on the album. [4]

In 1996, a limited edition (3000 copies) box set containing the "Aneurysm", "Heart-Shaped Box" and "Polly" promos was released in Australia. The box set also included Nevermind: It's an Interview, a promotional interview disc first released in 1992.

Reception

Critical reception of the album was generally positive. It was rated #9 in Rolling Stone's 1997 critics' poll of the top 10 albums of 1996 [5], and #14 in Spin's Best Albums of 1996[citation needed].

Lorraine Ali of Rolling Stone described the album as the "emotional, visceral flip side" of MTV Unplugged in New York, and as "riotous and liberating," showing the band "in their most natural state, smashing instruments and inducing irreversible tinnitus." [6] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic called it "a little scattershot" but "still a terrific record" which "finds a great band in top form." [7] American music critic Robert Christgau wrote, "I play Unplugged to refresh my memory of a sojourner's spirituality. I'll play this one when I want to remember a band's guts, fury, and rock and roll music." [8]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [9]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars [10]
Robert Christgau (A) [11]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Kurt Cobain, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Intro"   0:52
2. "School"   2:40
3. "Drain You"   3:34
4. "Aneurysm" (Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic) 4:31
5. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic) 4:47
6. "Been a Son"   2:07
7. "Lithium"   4:10
8. "Sliver"   1:55
9. "Spank Thru"   3:10
10. "Scentless Apprentice" (Cobain, Grohl) 3:31
11. "Heart-Shaped Box"   4:41
12. "Milk It"   3:45
13. "Negative Creep"   2:43
14. "Polly" ((big rock version)) 2:30
15. "Breed" ((early version)) 3:28
16. "Tourette's" ((early version)) 1:55
17. "Blew"   3:36
Vinyl edition bonus track
No. Title Length
18. "Untitled" (various concert outtakes and stage banter on side 4) 5:47

Sales chart performance

Album

Year Chart Position
1996 USA Billboard 200[12] 1
1996 Australian ARIA Albums Chart[13] 1
1996 Canadian RPM Albums Chart[14] 1
1996 New Zealand Albums Chart[13] 2
1996 Finland Albums Chart[13] 2
1996 Austrian Albums Chart[13] 3
1996 UK Albums Chart[15] 4
1996 Hungarian Albums Chart[citation needed] 4
1996 Sweden Albums Chart[13] 6
1996 French Albums Chart[13] 7
1996 Spanish Albums Chart[citation needed] 7
1996 Norwegian Albums Chart[13] 8
1996 Switzerland Albums Chart[13] 9
1996 Japanese Oricon Albums Chart[16] 12
1996 Netherlands Albums Chart[13] 14
1996 German Albums Chart[17] 38

Singles

Year Song Chart Position
1996 "Aneurysm RPM Singles Chart (Canada)[18] 49
1996 "Aneurysm" RPM Alternative 30 (Canada)[19] 1
1996 "Aneurysm" Mainstream Rock Tracks (U.S.)[20] 11
1996 "Aneurysm" Modern Rock Tracks (U.S.)[20] 13
1996 "Aneurysm" Hot 100 Airplay (U.S.) 63[citation needed]
1996 "Aneurysm" Finland Mitä hittiä Charts[21] 40
1996 "Aneurysm" Triple J Hottest 100 (Australia) 45[citation needed]
1996 "Aneurysm" Polish Airplay Charts 17[citation needed]

Personnel

Nirvana
  • Chad Channing – drums on "Polly" and "Breed"
  • Pat Smear – rhythm guitar on "Sliver", "Scentless Apprentice", "Heart-Shaped Box" and "Milk It", background vocals on "Sliver" and "Heart-Shaped Box"
Production
  • Scott Litt, Craig Montgomery, Craig Overbay – engineering
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Shauna O'Brien, Diane Stata – production, production coordination
  • Andy Wallace – engineering, mixing on tracks 3, 4, 5, 10, 12, and 13
  • Robert Fisher – design
  • Lisa Johnson, Kevin Mazur, Charles Peterson – photography
  • Mark Kates – photography, A&R

References

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  3. ^ "The Seattle Times: Pacific Northwest Magazine". Seattletimes.nwsource.com. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/pacificnw/2001/0902/cover.html. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
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External links

Preceded by
Falling into You by Celine Dion
Billboard 200 number-one album
October 19–25, 1996
Succeeded by
Falling into You by Celine Dion
Preceded by
The Very Best of Toni Childs by Toni Childs
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
October 13–19, 1996
Succeeded by
Hits by Jimmy Barnes

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