Drain You

An often-exasperating box set offers the final word on Nirvana's legacy

The next-to-last song on the box set's third disc is an acoustic demo of "You Know You're Right," the single from 2002's greatest-hits set. The version the radio played is a much better song than this one, but the way Cobain plays it -- carefully and quietly, as if to avoid waking a baby sleeping in the next room -- is almost unbearably poignant in context. It reminds you of how briefly Cobain actually lived as a dad -- that despite the money and celebrity and admiration, his final class crossover into fatherhood ended almost before it began.

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