"We learnt everything from the Wipers," Kurt told an English fanzine in 1990. "They were playing a mixture of punk and hard rock at a time when nobody cared." Indeed, it's pretty easy to hear Nirvana's power-chords-by-a-power-trio roots in this dark tune originally off of the seminal Portland punks' 1980 LP Is this Real? . As future In Utero producer Steve Albini wrote in Forced Exposure in 1987, "The Wipers' music is so simple, but so cool, it makes you wonder why anybody thinks doing stuff with tricks is a valid approach at all." JOE GROSS
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