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Nirvana — Dumb
Album: In Utero
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Released: 1993
Length: 2:26
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I'm not like them, I can pretend
The sun is gone, I have a light
The day is done, I'm having fun
I think I'm dumb, maybe just happy
Think I'm just happy
Think I'm just happy
Think I'm just happy

My heart is broke, I have some glue
Help me inhale, mend it with you
We float around, hang out on clouds
Then we'll come down, have a hangover
Have a hangover
Have a hangover
Have a hangover

Skin the sun, fall asleep
Wish away, soul is cheap
Lesson learned, wish me luck
Soothe the burn, wake me up

I'm not like them, I can pretend
The sun is gone, but I have a light
The day is done, but I'm having fun
I think I'm dumb, maybe just happy
Think I'm just happy
Think I'm just happy
Think I'm just happy

I think I'm dumb
I think I'm dumb
I think I'm dumb
I think I'm dumb
I think I'm dumb
I think I'm dumb
I think I'm dumb
I think I'm dumb
I think I'm dumb
I think I'm dumb
I think I'm dumb
I think I'm dumb
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Not the greatest version of this song, and I usually prefer live performances.  I like Nirvana, but to me Kurt was not the "voice of a generation" and I belong to the generation, he is supposedly the voice of...
This sounds like a live version
 Johnny_Wave wrote:
This band and this song just suck out loud.  Sure, I get that Cobain was conflicted, but that doesn't automatically mean that his music was any good

 
I agree. Nevermind that I wasn't a fan.
This band and this song just suck out loud.  Sure, I get that Cobain was conflicted, but that doesn't automatically mean that his music was any good
Not everything Nirvana did was that good, this is a bit of a dirge!!
Nirvana along with some others in the 1990's brought me back to rock/pop music
 see Motorskills comment below
100% correct, Cobain was the real thing
and no, Nirvana was not a product of the hype-machine

also it made me sick when after he died all the superficial self righteous statements about the suicide
from people who wanted to capitalize on Cobain's fame

damn shame he didn't live to record more
i was very excited when Cobain got Pat Smear to join so that he could focus more on writing
i thought we were in for some great music to come 
Many of you posting here seem to think that Nirvana is some kind of passing phase, that they're in fact no good. Clearly you don't understand the nuance, irony and self examination and musical quality of Cobain's songs. He labored over his music and was a real genius whether you like the style or not. The guy was talented.
 Proclivities wrote:

Not just under 40 - I know plenty of musicians over 50 who are admirers of Nirvana.

 
You can count me in that bunch - I'm 54, a drummer, and have been digging Nirvana since 1991.
 Stingray wrote:

This is bull, my friend. Ask any musician about Nirvana!

They were nothing but a press-hype and of some social importance - especially after Kurt's death! 

Musically there is nothing much. Truth is they have been a one-hit wonder! The rest dumb HYPE!



 
I am familiar with a number of visual artists who count Nirvana as very influential, no bull  
 lemmoth wrote:

I've asked plenty of musician's under 40 and they back me up almost to a guitar player, drummer, bassist, keyboard player, singer etc.

This band's influence has never waned.

 
Not just under 40 - I know plenty of musicians over 50 who are admirers of Nirvana.
 Stingray wrote:

This is bull, my friend. Ask any musician about Nirvana!

They were nothing but a press-hype and of some social importance - especially after Kurt's death! 

Musically there is nothing much. Truth is they have been a one-hit wonder! The rest dumb HYPE!



 
I've asked plenty of musician's under 40 and they back me up almost to a guitar player, drummer, bassist, keyboard player, singer etc.

This band's influence has never waned.


This is the unplugged version I think, no??
Who's the dumbest here—the person in the lyrics, Nirvana for writing such a dumb song, or me for bothering to post a comment instead of mashing the PSD button?

Forrest Gump:  "Mama Always Said, 'Stupid Is As Stupid Does.'" 

Some RPers love this song and that's cool. But Nirvana's songs like this one show the bad side of this band for me. I'm more into tracks like "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Tomorrow I will be saying....got a hangover...Think I'm just happy....Love RP
 
4 chords and dead by one's own hand at 27 a poet does not make.
profoundly evocative.....
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this dumb song...
 sirdroseph wrote:


How you could possibly imagine that a huge JA fan from back in the day has not heard their masterpiece Nothing's Shocking is beyond me.  Obvious is a very good song, cannot compete with Three Days, Then She Did, Of Course and Classic Girl though.  Sorry.  As for Porno, I actually like their second less ballyhooed release best Good God's Urge better than the first.  Great songs; Porpoisehead, 100 ways, Kimberly Austin and Thick of it All are all amazing songs.

 
Probably my bad.  I may be confused but thought you were saying the first half of Ritual was meh.  A view I can't get  my head around and would not expect to hear from a Jane's fan and so assumed that if you just came across Ritual then you probably hadn't heard Nothing's Shocking and that you had perhaps come across the band in their most recent and in my view inferior incarnation.  I don't think there is a bad song on Ritual or Nothing's Shocking.  Totally agree that Good Gods Urge is the better Porno for pyros album though.  It has a real interesting vibe.

Also as it is a Nirvana song comments page I should also add that I always loved Nirvana having been right around prime age for their appearance but I appreciate them more and more as time goes on.   
 Sloggydog wrote:

Are you kidding?  You mean you don't get a chill from the moment the intro starts 
señores y señoras
nosotros tenemos más influencia con sus hijos que tu tiene
pero los queremos…
creado y regado de Los Angeles
Juana’s Adicción!

You also seem to be claiming Stop,  Noone's leaving, Ain't no right, amd Obvious are meh?  You better listen again and then get Nothing's Shocking and for that matter all of Porno for Pyros.

PS How did this Nirvana song become a Jane's discussion?

 

How you could possibly imagine that a huge JA fan from back in the day has not heard their masterpiece Nothing's Shocking is beyond me.  Obvious is a very good song, cannot compete with Three Days, Then She Did, Of Course and Classic Girl though.  Sorry.  As for Porno, I actually like their second less ballyhooed release best Good God's Urge better than the first.  Great songs; Porpoisehead, 100 ways, Kimberly Austin and Thick of it All are all amazing songs.
Happy birthday
 sirdroseph wrote:


Great album, but I have never heard an album with such disparaging different sides.  Side one....meh.  Side two.. absofuckincrediblyamazing!!

 
Yeah, it's like a world all its own on side 2.  I think the songs are too long for the playlist here.  That is the only reason I can think of as to why Bill does not play it.
 sirdroseph wrote:


Great album, but I have never heard an album with such disparaging different sides.  Side one....meh.  Side two.. absofuckincrediblyamazing!!

 
Are you kidding?  You mean you don't get a chill from the moment the intro starts 
señores y señoras
nosotros tenemos más influencia con sus hijos que tu tiene
pero los queremos…
creado y regado de Los Angeles
Juana’s Adicción!

You also seem to be claiming Stop,  Noone's leaving, Ain't no right, amd Obvious are meh?  You better listen again and then get Nothing's Shocking and for that matter all of Porno for Pyros.

PS How did this Nirvana song become a Jane's discussion?
Wasn't a fan of any grunge rock band in the day. I'm still not a fan of those bands in general. Nirvana has been an unusual phenomenon in that i like it more now than in the day and i appreciate the talent and musicality.


 rdo wrote:
{#Arrowd}  Yep.  I just got Jane's Addiction's Ritual de lo Habitual.  I had heard it when it was current  (esp the hits), but decided to finally buy a copy.  Blown away.  I have never been so blown away by an album.  It has launched to the top of my list of faves.

 

Great album, but I have never heard an album with such disparaging different sides.  Side one....meh.  Side two.. absofuckincrediblyamazing!!
 Stingray wrote:

This is bull, my friend. Ask any musician about Nirvana!

They were nothing but a press-hype and of some social importance - especially after Kurt's death! 

Musically there is nothing much. Truth is they have been a one-hit wonder! The rest dumb HYPE!



 
Stingray,

I wanna say -you are showing your age.. Even though I have no idea what that may be. And, while every music isn't for everyone; Nirvana was ANYTHING but just another press hyped band.

Socially and musically they marked a paradigm shift, as surely as jazz, or psychedelic rock,or punk, or new wave. The late 80s were dead musically, I can still remember the day I was in a music store and first heard Nirvana over the speaker system, and thought YES! Music is back! And, it is true.

Its ok that its not your cup of tea, punk wasn't for everyone, either. That said, does not make it less significant or likable. 
 Stingray wrote:

This is bull, my friend. Ask any musician about Nirvana!

They were nothing but a press-hype and of some social importance - especially after Kurt's death! 

Musically there is nothing much. Truth is they have been a one-hit wonder! The rest dumb HYPE!



 
Time will tell...
Well, his sentiment turned out to be correct in the end. Very sad waste of talent.
 lemmoth wrote:


This band was massively important, hugely influential and greatly talented
 

This is bull, my friend. Ask any musician about Nirvana!

They were nothing but a press-hype and of some social importance - especially after Kurt's death! 

Musically there is nothing much. Truth is they have been a one-hit wonder! The rest dumb HYPE!


How dumb - will possibly never understand, what made this one-hit wonder so popular!
Yes, if u listen to this without knowing its Nirvana - and so without any bias - this music has a so poor melody that could pass not noticed {#No}
One of the coolest and most ironic things about them was how they, much like The Doors long before them, were fronted by someone who not only did not repress the darker instincts within him but celebrated them instead, resulting in the phenomenon of at once mocking themselves and their fan base, alternately embracing and alienating just about everyone, all the while using kick-ass art to trump it all...
melody=extremely dumb
{#Arrowd}  Yep.  I just got Jane's Addiction's Ritual de lo Habitual.  I had heard it when it was current  (esp the hits), but decided to finally buy a copy.  Blown away.  I have never been so blown away by an album.  It has launched to the top of my list of faves.
Whilst the haters are entitled to their opinions, I think they are all mad.

This band was massively important, hugely influential and greatly talented, the post-death of Kurt mythology notwithstanding.

From AllMusic.com
While Nirvana's ideology was indie rock and their melodies were pop, the sonic rush of their records and live shows merged post-industrial white noise with heavy metal grind. And that's what made the group an unprecedented multi-platinum sensation. Jane's Addiction and Soundgarden may have proven to the vast American heavy metal audience that alternative could rock, and the Pixies may have merged pop sensibilities with indie rock white noise, but Nirvana pulled at all together, creating a sound that was both fiery and melodic. Since Nirvana were rooted in the indie aesthetic but loved pop music, they fought their stardom while courting it, becoming some of the most notorious anti-rock stars in history.
 Geecheeboy wrote:
Reading the comments below sholey make me appreciate the new PSD button above.  Now instead of fuming over a selection found not to one's taste or from a band that cannot be abided and consequently making disparaging remarks, simply click the PSD and be happy without bringing down the rest of the family.
 
Absolutely! We all love RP for what it brings us - but if this ain't your cup'o'tea, <PSD> - 'nuff said!
This song, and this band, plain suck out loud.   Thanks RP for the play something else button
Reading the comments below sholey make me appreciate the new PSD button above.  Now instead of fuming over a selection found not to one's taste or from a band that cannot be abided and consequently making disparaging remarks, simply click the PSD and be happy without bringing down the rest of the family.
Sucko barfo...
With all do respect...
I hate Nirvana.
 avl28804 wrote:
Enough with Nirvana.
 
Yeah. I don't hate Nirvana—some songs like "Lithium" still work for me—but tracks like this feel like demo out-takes and should be left in the past. 
Crank it
Yesss 
 Rooney wrote:
Now I know what album the "underground" record store was playing in the background, as I tried to browse through their CD section without having a nervous breakdown or wanting to axe murder the next available human being,...or go vomit in the used cassette bin.  All that being said, I know now why this poor fella obliterated himself.  That being said, I'm rating it a 10 because...well...who am I to interfere with greatness, however way it is determined?  

                                                              


                                                                          

                                                             {#Skull}TLY.

 
exactly

birdland wrote:
When I hear this, I can feel how hard he tried to push his hands through the membrane into some kind of joy. Imagine gaining understanding in your life that for you, it would be impossible.

 crockydile wrote:

What are you talking about? {#Think}
 
I think birdland is referring to the idea that people who suffer from depression may well be able to understand joy on an intellectual level, but they are not able to feel it emotionally; they are not really able to infuse it into their being. The certainty that the joy exists makes the inability to feel it all the more unbearable. 
Nicely recovered depressive here...maybe I've simply projected my idea onto this comment. Either way, I hope it has at least some small degree of relevance.  
I'd like to second the last 3 comments please - thank you....
Dumb it is.
God, I HATE this band....
Enough with Nirvana.
 Stingray wrote:
Nothing but another high-school band!

ULTIMATE HYPE!!!!!!
 
Ah, the trolls are back.  Is that you PhysicsGenius?


Now I know what album the "underground" record store was playing in the background, as I tried to browse through their CD section without having a nervous breakdown or wanting to axe murder the next available human being,...or go vomit in the used cassette bin.  All that being said, I know now why this poor fella obliterated himself.  That being said, I'm rating it a 10 because...well...who am I to interfere with greatness, however way it is determined?  

                                                              


                                                                          

                                                             {#Skull}

 Stingray wrote:
Nothing but another high-school band!

ULTIMATE HYPE!!!!!!
 
Your posting actually made me laugh out loud. It's hard to be offended by a comment so absurd.
 biggeorge wrote:
This is proof that heroine (at least for cobane) removes any and all talent, especially vocally. the title sums it up.  Of all the stuff Bill plays, Nirvana is the only band that will make me change to other music for 5 minutes or so.  I know music and art are both very subjective, but I bet we never would have heard from these guys if it hadn't been for MTV creating a new genre called grunge.  I know I will catch a good bit of grief from the Nirvana fans out there and I'm ok with that    cheers
 

I'm no big Nirvana fan, but it's obvious they can create some pretty catchy and memorable rock music - all fame/MTV/grunge fad/drama aside. Not too sure why you depise them that much. People who weren't alive during they're prime and who know nothing about them still love their music all these years later without being told to.
Great song. Love it ! keep playing it :)
The physical radio killed my wanting to hear this song. (So overplayed in my area it's comical) Not the song's fault, but the result is the same.
This is proof that heroine (at least for cobane) removes any and all talent, especially vocally. the title sums it up.  Of all the stuff Bill plays, Nirvana is the only band that will make me change to other music for 5 minutes or so.  I know music and art are both very subjective, but I bet we never would have heard from these guys if it hadn't been for MTV creating a new genre called grunge.  I know I will catch a good bit of grief from the Nirvana fans out there and I'm ok with that    cheers
 birdland wrote:

When I hear this, I can feel how hard he tried to push his hands through the membrane into some kind of joy. Imagine gaining understanding in your life that for you, it would be impossible.

This is proof that heroine (at least for cobane) removes any and all talent, especially vocally. the title sums it up.  Of all the stuff Bill plays, Nirvana is the only band that will make me change to other music for 5 minutes or so.  I know music and art are both very subjective, but I bet we never would have heard from these guys if it hadn't been for MTV creating a new genre called grunge.  I know I will catch a good bit of grief from the Nirvana fans out there and I'm ok with that    cheers
 


 birdland wrote:
When I hear this, I can feel how hard he tried to push his hands through the membrane into some kind of joy. Imagine gaining understanding in your life that for you, it would be impossible.
 
What are you talking about? {#Think}

When I hear this, I can feel how hard he tried to push his hands through the membrane into some kind of joy. Imagine gaining understanding in your life that for you, it would be impossible.


may your spirit be eternal.
we miss you.
c

skin the sun, fall asleep
wish away, soul is cheap
lesson learned, wish me luck
soothe the burn, wake me up


 LowPhreak wrote:

I'll bet he's happier now, though.
 
Mmm..not sure 'bout that {#Ask}
 Felix_The_Cat wrote:
The dumb thing was your final decision Kurt, we miss you
 
I'll bet he's happier now, though.
 bronorb wrote:


Meaning?
 
In the uterus, like back to the womb. 
The dumb thing was your final decision Kurt, we miss you

yes terrific!
 rdo wrote:
uh, it's about time.
 
Amen, and amen. Nirvana is always welcome, in this "nirvana" of online music listening (as far as I'm concerned). {#Daisy}
 passsion8 wrote:
apropos title
 

Meaning?
apropos title
 Alt-Ctrl-Tom wrote:
Hey, I uploaded this to the LRC awhile ago, and it got the "sorry" treatment after a nice run there.    How wonderful that it is now in the playlist, it's a nice addition to RP!  Great song.

 
I noticed that it was previously rejected after I submitted it.  My guess is that sometimes it has to do with the timing of the submission and other times it may have to do with the note:

RP listeners seem to want more Nirvana.  Here's some music to help with that...

3Nirvana - Dumbadded36/7 (84%)320

Hey, I uploaded this to the LRC awhile ago, and it got the "sorry" treatment after a nice run there.    How wonderful that it is now in the playlist, it's a nice addition to RP!  Great song.

 Ericac wrote:


 Never mind.
 
haha

 Ericac wrote:
Can't believe I'm first!  Great Nirvana song, first few times I heard it it seemed just bland, but it has really grown on me.

 

Oops....a little slow.  Never mind.
Can't believe I'm first!  Great Nirvana song, first few times I heard it it seemed just bland, but it has really grown on me.

Ah.. this is something new for RP.  Great horizon broadening Bill!

uh, it's about time.