02/16/92 - Club Quattro, Nagoya, Japan
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This performance for years was heard by the Nirvana community at break neck speed with Kurt's voice sounding like he had ingested a large amount of helium before going on stage. The reason for this was the fact that for many a year the community only had a version sourced from a high generation bootleg, which had distorted the tape. Now as I come to listen to the version sourced from the master tape the show's effect is significantly different.
Listening to the CD I find the show oddly subdued at first with the initial detuned songs Negative Creep, Been A Son, On A Plain and Blew leaving little impression. Breed, Sliver and Drain You do see some improvement but it is not until About A Girl that the band make an impression. From the crisp, resonate opening chords to the bludgeoning, distorted finale it is clear that this is one of the better performances of the song.
The show features some rare banter between the crowd and the band. Shortly before Aneurysm a fan makes a request for one of the fudge packing T- Shirts, which elicits a deadpan reply from Dave "I don't think they have crack in Japan so we decided not to sell those here".
The set ends with Love Buzz and moves on to the encores the highlight of which is a rare early outing of Dumb. After Dumb the band turn up the energy for Territorial Pissings despite eliciting the biggest cheer of the night and an improvised drum intro from Dave is pretty awful with Kurt's guitar often out of time with Krist and Dave.
The night ends strongly with a powerful Smells Like Teen Spirit that once again descends into a feedback finale which lasts for 4 minutes.
Not a great performance, with only About A Girl really standing out. Not bad just average really.
Review written by Matt Seward 2002