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MTV Unplugged yielded many incredible performances, including Nirvana’s now-iconic set.

Recorded in November 1993 and released on this day (November 1) in 1994, Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York came out seven months after the shocking death of Kurt Cobain. It would debut at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart and go on to win a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album.

In honor of the album’s release, here’s a look at that set as well as five other classic MTV Unplugged performances.

 

Nirvana

While the band’s own material (specifically “All Apologies”) received new life from the Unplugged treatment, it’s Nirvana’s cover of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World” that was the set’s surprise highlight.

Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World (MTV Unplugged)

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Alice In Chains

Equal parts extraordinary and bitter-sweet, AIC’s 1996 performance on MTV Unplugged was the band’s first performance together in over two years due to Staley’s issues with drug abuse.  It would also be one of the band’s last high-profile gigs with the singer.  In spite of that and Jerry Cantrell famously battling food poisoning, AIC’s set served as a reminder of why they were the first band to really break out of the fruitful Seattle music scene.

Alice In Chains - Down in a Hole (From MTV Unplugged) (Official Video)

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Stone Temple Pilots

MTV Unplugged is just a goldmine of remarkable performances for anyone that loves rock from the ’90s.  Stone Temple Pilots recorded their set in 1993, which marked the first time they performed “Big Empty.”

Big Empty (acoustic) - Stone Temple Pilots

"...these conversations kill..."

 

R.E.M.

R.E.M is responsible for two marvelous MTV Unplugged performances from 1991 and 2001, which were both released in 2014 as Unplugged:  The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions. Below is their set from 1991.

R.E.M. - "Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions" Trailer

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Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam simply crushes it in this set from March 1992, about seven months after the release of Pearl Jam’s debut album Ten.

Jeremy (Live) - MTV Unplugged - Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam performing "Jeremy" from their 1992 MTV Unplugged concert in New York City. Get Pearl Jam's new album, Lightning Bolt, here: http://smarturl.it/PJLightningBolt SUBSCRIBE: https://pj.lnk.to/PJ_SubscribeYD LIKE on Facebook: https://pj.lnk.to/PJ_FacebookYD FOLLOW on Twitter: https://pj.lnk.to/PJ_TwitterYD FOLLOW on Instagram: https://pj.lnk.to/PJ_InstagramYD FOLLOW on Tumblr: https://pj.lnk.to/PJ_TumblrYD With nine studio albums, hundreds of live performances, and hundreds of live concert bootleg releases, Pearl Jam continues to be a major force in rock and roll today.

 

Thirty Seconds To Mars

Later episodes in MTV Unplugged’s history are tragically overlooked, but this incredible set from Thirty Seconds To Mars more than holds its own thanks to Jared Leto’s dynamic vocal performance.

30 Seconds To Mars MTV Unplugged- Hurricane

30 Seconds To Mars MTV Unplugged

 

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Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.