josiah72680 inquired:

Why is it that kurt never really played "Something in the way" as much as other songs. I wonder why some songs he felt were not best played live? Also is " blew" or " school" the most played song at nirvana's live shows?

'Something In The Way' was played around 50 times live throughout Nirvana's career. Which sounds like a lot, but it really wasn't compared to other songs and the amount of shows they played.

I’m not really sure why he felt that way. He just overtime grew along with his music and wanted to move forward. Most of ‘Bleach’ was left behind along with the stuff from ‘Incesticide.’ They would occasionally jam around on the old songs or play them during rehearsals/soundchecks. ‘Big Long Now’ was a song requested numerous times but Kurt felt the song was so slow and way too long to be enjoyable in front of a live audience.

I believe ‘Blew’ is the most played song by Nirvana. That was a song, much like ‘School’ that stuck with Nirvana throughout their touring career.

The Record - Kurt Cobain talks about the songs on ‘Nevermind.’

Smells Like Teen Spirit: “My generation’s apathy. I’m disgusted with it. I’m disgusted with my own apathy too, for being spineless and not always standing up against racism, sexism, and all those other isms the counterculture has been whining about for years.”

In Bloom: “Reproduction.”

Come As You Are: “An old-fashioned love song coming down in three-part harmony.”

Breed: “Getting into Middle America. Marrying at age 18, getting pregnant, stuck with a baby - and not wanting it.”

Lithium: “People who are secluded for too long go insane and as a last resort they often use religion to keep alive. In the song, a guy’s lost his girl and his friends and he’s brooding. He’s decided to find God before he kills himself. It’s hard for me to understand the need for a vice like that but I can appreciate it too. People need vices.”

Polly: “Rape.”

Territorial Pissings: “In the animal kingdom, the male will often piss in certain areas to claim his territory, and I see macho men reacting towards sex and power in the same way. I’d like to see these lost souls strung up by their balls with pages of scum manifesto stapled to their bodies.”

Drain You: “Almost all of the songs on the album are about love - or confusion, which usually is the result of love. Outcries of confusion about love and not understanding relationships, not just with your mate but with anybody, with yourself, with animals, etc.”

Lounge Act: “Love, problems.”

Stay Away: “Bitching and complaining.”

On A Plain: “Love again.”

Something In The Way: “Love - plain and simple.”

(Source: nirvananews)

Something In The Way - [Rough Mix]

“I knew I wanted cello on it, but after all the music was recorded for it, we’d kinda forgotten about putting a cello on. We had one more day in the studio and we decided, “Oh geez, we should hire a cellist, you know, and put something in”. We were at a party and were asking some of our friends if they knew anyone who could play cello, and it just happened that one of our best friends in L.A. is a cellist. So we took him into the studio on the last day and said, “Here, play something”. And he came up with a part right away. It just fell in like dominoes.” - Kurt Cobain.

Butch Vig on "Something In The Way"

‘Nevermind’ 20th: Recording “Something In The Way”

"We spent most of a day trying to record it as a band, working out different drum parts, Kurt came into the control room and said, I can’t get into this at all. I said, How do you hear it then? and he sat down on the couch and was hardly mumbling the vocal, playing the guitar so quietly. So I said “Okay, stop” and I turned off the air conditioner and everything else and had the phones shut off. He was playing and singing so quietly. But we got it down on tape. Later on, we overdubbed drums and Kurt added some harmonies. But it was all built around the acoustic track.

Kurt and I wanted the drums to be very understated, Dave was used to playing much louder; plus, it can be very difficult to go back and lay drums over an acoustic guitar track, as the meter may vary a bit. In the end, Dave came up with a great performance. Novoselic did two bass takes, even that was hard to sync up with Kurt’s part, we had to punch in spots, just so Krist would get the languid feel on the bass to lock up with the acoustics.” - Butch Vig.

"I knew I wanted cello on it, but after all the music was recorded for it, we’d kinda forgotten about putting a cello on. We had one more day in the studio and we decided, Oh geez, we should hire a cellist, you know, and put something in. We were at a party and were asking some of our friends if they knew anyone who could play cello, and it just happened that one of our best friends in L.A. is a cellist. Kirk. So we took him into the studio on the last day and said, Here, play something. And he came up with a part right away. It just fell in like dominoes.” - Kurt Cobain.

"Kirk Canning is a good cello player, but we had a hard time getting his instrument in tune with Kurt’s guitar. That old five-string acoustic of Kurt’s was tuned down a few steps and wasn’t really tuned to any standard pitch. I remember I fretted over the whole track." - Butch Vig.

"Something In The Way" - Maida Vale Studios, 11/9/91.

Something In The Way - [Rough Mix]

It was in June of 1991 that Nirvana finished up recording for their second album " Nevermind. "  One of the last recordings the band did was the cello on " Something In The Way. "

"I knew I wanted cello on it, but after all the music was recorded for it, we’d kinda forgotten about putting a cello on. We had one more day in the studio and we decided, "Oh geez, we should hire a cellist, you know, and put something in". We were at a party and were asking some of our friends if they knew anyone who could play cello, and it just happened that one of our best friends in L.A. is a cellist. So we took him into the studio on the last day and said, "Here, play something". And he came up with a part right away. It just fell in like dominoes."

- Kurt Cobain.