Nirvana covered this on their 1993 Unplugged In New York
album. Kurt Cobain introduced it by saying, "This song is by my favorite performer." Earlier that year, Cobain had been offered one of Leadbelly's guitars for $50,000, although Cobain exaggerated the cost when introducing the song. Neil Young was deeply affected by Cobain's singing at this performance. He said the tortured final vocals sounded "unearthly, like a werewolf, unbelievable."
MTV wanted Nirvana to do an encore after "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?" was over, but Cobain refused, saying that he sucked and that the whole band sounded terrible. He'd thought the performance was a bomb because the audience was so quiet, not realizing that it was so quiet because they were blown away.
"Where Did You Sleep Last Night?" was also one of the few songs Cobain played in public with his wife, Courtney Love. They performed it on September 8, 1993 at Club Lingerie in Los Angeles.
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