Sunday, September 19, 2010
15 - "Polly," Nirvana
Number 15 in my list of the top 50 most-played songs in my iTunes is probably the most serious song of Nirvana's career. It's one of the few songs that's not about Kurt Cobain's messed up life. It's written about the true story a teenage girl who was kidnapped, raped, and tortured, before she ultimately escaped her captor.
Musically, this is one of the only songs to appear on one of Nirvana's studio albums that is acoustic. "Polly" was recorded about 3 or 4 years before their successful "Unplugged" acoustic performance.
Stylistically, "Polly" is a big shift from what people are used to from Nirvana. I think that's partly due to the serious nature of the song. The message of this song would be lost if there were a lot of distortion and disjointed vocals.
As I've mentioned in a few previous posts about Nirvana, they were a talented band that didn't always get the recognition they deserved. This is another song that showed that they were more than just a loud, generic grunge band.