The Man Who Sold the World (4:21)

Cover of MTV Unplugged in New York

From MTV Unplugged in New York and 76 other releases

The Man Who Sold the World is a song written and originally recorded by David Bowie.
A live rendition of the song was recorded by the American grunge band Nirvana in 1993 during their MTV Unplugged appearance. It was released on the band’s MTV Unplugged in New York album the following year. They regularly covered the song during live sets after their memorable acoustic performance up until lead singer Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994.

The song was released as a promo single for the album and received considerable airplay on alternative rock radio stations. It was also thrown into heavy rotation on music video stations such as MTV.

In the wake of this cover, Bowie bemoaned the fact that when he performed the number himself he would encounter “kids that come up afterwards and say, ‘It’s cool you’re doing a Nirvana song.’ And I think, ‘Fuck you, you little tosser!’”


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