Nirvana live performance, miming the instruments and mugging the vocal

Back in 1991 (22 years ago yesterday), Nirvana was asked to perform on England’s Top of the Pops. Problem was, they were told they had to play off a backing track (pre-recorded instrumentals) with live vocals. As you might expect, Kurt Cobain and the band did not take things as seriously as the show would have liked. Watch for the not-so-subtle fake guitar-work, vocal mugging, and Dave Grohl’s wildly off-beat fake drumming. Love this.



  • http://joshcenters.com/ Josh Centers

    Haha, this is awesome! Thanks for posting this, Dave.

  • Tim Biller

    TOTP was full of this – some bands took it VERY seriously, and some were even less interested than Nirvana. It all made for entertaining TV.

  • iVeryAm

    A lot of bands resent miming/lip-syncing to backing tracks for tV. Iron Maiden had fun with it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzqGQkLMo9o