Nirvana Video: Watch Scentless Apprentice at Live and Loud, 1993We’ve just had an email linking us to live performance footage of Nirvana playing ‘Scentless Apprentice’, originally recorded on 13th December 1993. As it’s rather brilliant we thought we’d share – check it out via the embed below.

As you’ll be aware if you read Louder Than War regularly we’re approaching the 20th Anniversay of Nirvana’s polarising third album In Utero. To celebrate the fact their label are going all out to bring Nirvana fans something pretty amazing in the form of a super deluxe boxset (featuring an all-new re-mastered 2013 mix of In Utero alongside the classic 1993 version, plus bonus demos, B-Sides, previously unheard material and incredible live performances) and a standalone DVD. We have a guy beavering away familiarising himself with both box set & DVD ready for a review & the word coming down the line is that it amounts to something pretty special. And as part of the release schedule we’re being teased with this bit of footage which forms part of the DVD.

What we have below is Nirvana playing ‘Scentless Apprentice’. It was originally recorded on 13th December 1993 during the band’s Live And Loud show at Seattle’s Pier 48 venue. It features the final touring lineup of Cobain, Novoselic, Grohl, and Pat Smear in their prime, playing to a packed house.

The press release fills us in on In Utero:

The unadorned sonic rawness of Steve Albini’s recording laid bare every primal nuance of the most confrontational yet vulnerable material Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl would ever record. With its 1991 predecessor Nevermind having sold some 30 million copies, singlehandedly returning honest rock ‘n’ roll to the top of the pop charts, In Utero was essentially the first record Nirvana would make with any expectations from the public.

20 Years may have flown by, but this record sounds every bit as intensely moving, fresh and relevant as it did upon its 1993 release.


All words Guy Manchester. More writing by Guy can be read here. He tweets as @guid0man & uses Tumblr.

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Guy is a former full time member of the Louder Than War editorial team, who's since moved on to pastures new. Music's been a large part of his life since he first stumbled across Peel on his tranny as a fifteen year old. His whole approach to music was learnt from Peel in fact, which includes having as inclusive a taste in music as possible. Guy devotes most of his time looking for new music & although he's been known to say "the only good music is new music" he pretty much accepts this is bollocks. Favourite band The Minutemen.


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