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Love Buzz

by

Nirvana



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This was Nirvana's first single. Ironically, it is a cover of a song by the Dutch band Shocking Blue ("Venus"), whose version released in 1967 didn't make the charts. The song was a staple at many of Nirvana's early shows. Today, the single is extremely rare. (thanks, Matt - Millbrae, CA)
In our interview with Sub Pop co-owner Bruce Pavitt, he recalled seeing Nirvana perform this song at the Central Tavern in Seattle, which was their first performance in the city. Said Pavitt: "In listening to their whole set, that song was the only one that really jumped out, and it was a cover. But, the hypnotic feel of that was kind of an indicator of some of their direction in songwriting. And it's just an incredible recording. They totally nailed it."
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Comments (14):

I have just watched the video on Tongiht Live Sold out, and in my opinion, the Security Guard is trying to push Kurt back into the audience as you can tell he thinks he is just a member of the audience trying to get on the stage.
The crowd keep pushing forward and the Security Guard keeps trying to get kurt back into the crowd.
Kurt, not understanding why the Security Guard is pushing him, hits him in the head. Then the fight starts on stage.
at the end you can see Chris explaining to Kurt what he saw and what happened.
- Paul, Dunedin, New Zealand
ok everyone is miss understanding this whole rare thing. before the times of just releasing an album bands used to release singles before the album would come out or just a single to appease a fanbase or to see how well they would do with that instead spending all kinds of money in the studio for something that won't sell. nirvana released the love buzz single and there is only 500 copies in the world if i remember correctly. the original pressing of bleach is also rare as it too has only 500 copies pressed on white vinyl.
- Johnny, Pittsburgh, PA
haaaaaaa...
i always thought they said "CANT UNFAIL my love buzz"... wow, i feel like an idiot now...
- Sheeberson, Wrightsville Beach, NC
the best Nirvana bassline, in my opinion
- Sheeberson, Wrightsville Beach, NC
The SINGLE is rare. It is obviously very easy to find on the albums.
- Kenny, Pittsburgh, PA
Does anybody have the solo tabs for this song?I need it really bad.Guitar pro 5 if possible.
- I Fuck Your Mothers, Pleasure Town, Serbia
And if it is rare, I'm now taking offers.
- mike, Regina, Canada
agree with Vestyjr. Its not rare at all, on Bleach, with the lights out. There is so many mistakes on this website, it kills it.
- mike, Regina, Canada
This is a great song but Kurt was not happy about how the recording came out for this song. He thought that the drums played by Chad Channing were to weak and he thought of it as a weak recording of the song
- Derek, Muskegon, MI
Ok, this is what happened at that concert on Live Tonight Sold Out. Kurt was having guitar problems, so out of frustration, he smashed his guitar into the PA soundboard. (That part isn't in the video) So they got another PA soundboard and then continued playing. During Love Buzz, Kurt dives into the crowd, and it just so happens that the owner of the soundboard Kurt smashed was the security guard that patrolled the area in front of Kurt. So out of anger, the guard starts violently pulling him back to the stage, so Kurt decides to smack him in the head with his guitar. Kurt finally gets thrown back on stage, where the guard starts beating the crap out of Kurt. The fight was broken up quickly by other guards and the band members. You can see that the guard that got hit by Kurt is bleeding pretty badly from the side of his head. The guard is sent to a room in the back and the show continues.
- Joe, Lockport, IL
it was a security guard who pulled him back and the guard hit him cause kurt smacked him in the head with his Guitar and after the show the guard was waiting for him
- nick, Kingston, Australia
On th eLive tonight sold out video, kurt is playing this, when all of a sudden he jumps into the crowd. there is a struggle where people on stage try to pull him back on, and the crowd tries to pull him away. kurt is successfully pulled back on stage, but someone from the crowd gets onstage and punches him in the head from behind. then there is a standoff, and eventually they resolve it... pretty crazy stuff, i reccomend that video highly.
- Ed, Chodania, FL
the original single is very rare...of course the song has been passed around a lot, but the origianl sub pop produced single is almost impossible to find unless you bought it when it was released as part of the Sub Pop singles club when it came out in 1988.
- Matt, Millbrae, CA
its not extremely rare at all. it was on their first album bleach. along with "with the lights out" and several other official and un-official albums. its a great song with a pumping bass riff and real slapping drum pattern. great to jam over.
- Vestyjr, Copenhagen, Denmark
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