Thursday, Sep. 22, 2011

'Sliver' (1993)

The least-seen Nirvana video is also the most endearing. Cobain always downplayed his lyrical gifts, but this raucous vignette about a miserable trip to Grandma's is a painfully funny and accurate distress call from early childhood. Kerslake's video matches the song's claustrophobic, romper-room mania by stuffing the band members into a tiny practice space stocked with anatomical dolls, Mudhoney posters and other Cobainian hoardings. Bonus: the dancing, sneezing baby — who may or may not be playing the role of the video's superego — is one Frances Bean Cobain.