Nirvana recorded this for their 1993 MTV Unplugged
performance. It was Chad Channing
, who was Nirvana's drummer from 1988-1990, who introduced Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic to Bowie's music. Chad told us: "We were in Boston and stopped by this record store, and I found this copy of The Man Who Sold The World
. It was a cool copy - it had the poster in it and everything. And those guys weren't familiar with the record. And I inquired about, 'What David Bowie do you like? Do you like David Bowie?' And they're like, 'Well, the only David Bowie we're familiar with is 'Let's Dance
.' I was surprised. I was like, 'Really? Wow.' I was like, 'You've got to hear some early David Bowie, for sure.'
So when I got the opportunity, I made a tape of the record at somebody's house, and then while we were touring around I just went ahead and popped the tape in and let it roll. After a bit, Kurt turned around and said to me, 'Who is this?' kind of like knowingly, just something familiar with the voice and stuff. I said, 'Well, this is David Bowie. This is The Man Who Sold the World
record.' He's like, 'Yeah, this is really cool.' I said, 'You should check out Hunky Dory
and stuff.' And so eventually, I'm sure he did. But he totally dug it."
Months after the MTV show, Kurt Cobain was found dead. The acoustic set was released as an album in late 1994.