On This Day: Nirvana Unplugged Debuts on MTV

On December 16 1993, Nirvana's performance on MTV Unplugged aired for the first time. Nirvana's appearance differed from many Unplugged performances preceding and following it in that the setlist consisted mainly of lesser known original tunes and covers by such artists as David Bowie and Lead Belly. Also breaking from the show's tradition, Nirvana filmed its entire performance in a single take.

Although there were tensions during the rehearsals for the performance, the episode turned out to be one of the best and more memorable in the history of MTV Unplugged. This was also one of the last televised performances by Kurt Cobain, who died less than 4 months later. 

For more about the performance and its accompanying album, click here

 

Anything Goes Playlist for 12/13/14

This is the playlist for a show I did filling in for Metal Mike. 

9 pm hour
 
Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio?- The Ramones
Devil Gate Drive- Suzi Quatro
I Want to Take You Higher- Sly & the Family Stone
Nobody but Me- The Isley Brothers
The Man That Got Away- Judy Garland
Lovers Who Wander- Dion
White Lines (Don't Do It)- Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel
Just Like Noah's Ark- Elton John
There You Go- P!nk
In the Mood- Tyrone Davis
Agent Double-O-Soul- Edwin Starr
Island of Love- The Rascals
One Nation Under a Groove- Funkadelic
Little Red Book- Toni Basil
 
10 pm hour
 
Mess Around- Ray Charles
Rock This Joint- Bill Haley & His Comets
Land of 1000 Dances- Wilson Pickett
Sweet Emotion- Aerosmith
There's the Girl- Heart
Disarm- Smashing Pumpkins
Knockin' Boots- Candyman
(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again- L.T.D.
Monterey- Eric Burdon and the Animals
Are You Ready?- Pacific Gas & Electric
Far Behind- Candlebox
I Don't Care- Shakespear's Sister
The Fat Boys Are Back- The Fat Boys
Pieces of April- Three Dog Night
 
11 pm hour
 
I Thank You- Sam & Dave
Shake a Tail Feather- The Five Du-Tones
Losing My Religion- R.E.M.
One Headlight- The Wallflowers
How?- John Lennon
Jesse- Carly Simon
Love Power- The Sandpebbles
Bustin' Out- Rick James
The Breaks- Kurtis Blow
Missing- Everything but the Girl
Time to Get Down- The O'Jays
Love Zone- Billy Ocean
Lost in Music- Sister Sledge
Somebody to Love- Jefferson Airplane
 

The Retro Mix Playlist for 12/13/14: The 60s, 70s and 80s

6 pm hour- The 60s at 6
 
I'm a Man- The Spencer Davis Group
My Smile Is Just a Frown (Turned Upside Down)- Carolyn Crawford
The Monkey Time- Major Lance
This Diamond Ring- Gary Lewis & the Playboys
Fields of Clover- The Box Tops
I Heard It Through the Grapevine- Gladys Knight & the Pips
Buying a Book- Joe Tex
Mockingbird- Inez & Charlie Foxx
Jumpin' Jack Flash- The Rolling Stones
My Gal- The Lovin' Spoonful
You Never Can Tell- Chuck Berry
The Wind Cries Mary- The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Out of Our Tree- The Wailers
The Twist- Chubby Checker
I'm on Fire- Jerry Lee Lewis
Nowhere to Run- Martha & the Vandellas
Never My Love- The Association
Go Where You Wanna Go- The 5th Dimension
Make Believe- Wind
 
7 pm hour- The 70s at 7
 
The Love You Save- The Jackson 5
Stick Up- The Honey Cone
Peace of Mind- Boston
In the Stone- Earth, Wind & Fire
Oh Very Young- Cat Stevens
Smackwater Jack- Carole King
Watch Closely  Now- Kris Kristofferson
Me and Baby Brother- War
We're an American Band- Grand Funk
Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing- Stevie Wonder
Shame, Shame, Shame- Shirley & Company
Sweet Life- Paul Davis
I'm Your Boogie Man- KC & the Sunshine Band
Ghetto Child- The Spinners
Timothy- The Buoys
 
8 pm hour- The 80s at 8
 
Girls Just Want to Have Fun- Cyndi Lauper
My Secret (Dija Gitit Yet?)- New Edition
Let's Go All the Way- Sly Fox
Abracadabra- Steve Miller Band
Don't Look Any Further- Dennis Edwards
Dressed for Success- Roxette
Dirty Mind- Prince
You're a Friend of Mine- Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
Tired of Toein' the Line- Rocky Burnette
What's On Your Mind- The Information Society
Where Do Broken Hearts Go- Whitney Houston
Swoop- The Dazz Band
(Keep Feeling) Fascination- The Human League
 
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