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Drain You
"Drain You"
Drain You label.jpg
"Drain You" promo single for the album From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah
Song by Nirvana
from the album Nevermind
Released September 24, 1991
Recorded May 2, 1991-June 1991[1] at Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, California
Genre Grunge
Length 3:43
Label DGC Records
Nirvana
Butch Vig
Nevermind track listing

"Drain You" is a 1991 song by American grunge band Nirvana, written by frontman Kurt Cobain. It is the eighth track from their breakthrough album Nevermind. It was also released as a B-side on UK retail editions of the band's most successful single "Smells Like Teen Spirit".[2] A live version recorded in 1991 appeared on the live album From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah in 1996 and was released as a promotional single.[3]

Recording

According to Nevermind producer Butch Vig on the Classic Albums: Nirvana - Nevermind DVD, "Drain You" had more guitar overdubs than any other song on the album: one clean track and five distorted tracks; two tracks of the Mesa Boogie, two tracks of the Fender Bassman, and one that they called the "Super Grunge" track, a pedal on the Fender Bassman. Cobain tended to dislike heavily overdubbed songs, and so Vig had to tell Cobain lies, such as that tracks did not record right or were out of tune, in order to get him to do so many takes. The strange noises during the middle section of the song are caused by a rubber duck toy (that happened to end up on the back of Incesticide) Cobain brought into the studio that sound engineer Andy Wallace put through delays and made it sound "trippy". In his biography of Kurt Cobain Heavier Than Heaven, biographer Charles Cross wrote, "When Kurt was questioned about the song ["Drain You"] he said he had made a lot of it up on the spot but that the first line "One baby to another says I'm lucky to have met you"... was particularly important to the interpretation of the song..."[4]

This song is also in the music video games Rock Band 2 and Rock Band Unplugged. In 2017, to mark what would have been Kurt Cobain's 50th birthday, the Phonographic Performance Limited released a list of the top twenty most played Nirvana songs on the TV and radio in the UK in which "Drain You" was ranked at number eleven.[5]

Release history

Studio versions

Date recorded Studio Producer Releases Personnel
April, 1991 Melvins practice space & Dale Crover residence, San Francisco, CA, US Debbi Shane With the Lights Out (2004)
May 2-28, 1991 Sound City Studios Butch Vig Nevermind (1991)
Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)
  • Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar)
  • Krist Novoselic (bass)
  • Dave Grohl (drums, backing vocals)
September 3, 1991 Maida Vale Studios Dale Griffin Nevermind (deluxe) (2011)
  • Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar)
  • Krist Novoselic (bass)
  • Dave Grohl (drums)

Live versions

Date recorded Venue Releases Personnel
October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre (Seattle, Washington) Come as You Are (1992)
Live at the Paramount (2011)
  • Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar)
  • Krist Novoselic (bass)
  • Dave Grohl (drums, backing vocals)
November 25, 1991 Paradiso (Amsterdam) Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! (1994/2006)
  • Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar)
  • Krist Novoselic (bass)
  • Dave Grohl (drums, backing vocals)
December 28, 1991 Del Mar Fairgrounds From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996)
  • Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar)
  • Krist Novoselic (bass)
  • Dave Grohl (drums, backing vocals)
August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, England Live at Reading (2009)
  • Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar)
  • Krist Novoselic (bass)
  • Dave Grohl (drums, backing vocals)
December 13, 1993 Pier 48, Seattle Live and Loud (2013)
  • Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar)
  • Krist Novoselic (bass)
  • Dave Grohl (drums, backing vocals)
  • Pat Smear (guitar)
February 4, 1994 Nulle Part Ailleurs - Paris, France Live and Loud (2013)
  • Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar)
  • Krist Novoselic (bass)
  • Dave Grohl (drums, backing vocals)
  • Pat Smear (guitar)

References

  1. ^ "This Day in Music Spotlight: Nirvana Begins Recording 'Nevermind'". .gibson.com. Retrieved 2016. 
  2. ^ Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit discogs.com. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  3. ^ Nirvana - Drain You discogs.com. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  4. ^ Cross, Charles R. Heavier than Heaven. Pg 233.
  5. ^ 20 most-played Nirvana songs revealed to mark Kurt Cobain's 50th birthday planetrock.com. Retrieved March 3, 2017.

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