The Story of the Come As You Are Riff

Nirvana, Killing Joke and beyond

Nichola Scurry

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Silouttee of a crowd and stage at a rock concert
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The bass riff from American grunge band Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” is one of the most iconic sounds of the 90s. But where did it come from?

Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain wrote “Come As You Are”. However, many claim Nirvana slowed down the riff from English band Killing Joke’s 1984 song, “Eighties”.

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Nichola Scurry

Australian human living in Barcelona, writing mostly about popular culture with a twist of quirky. If you like my writing, I like coffee. ko-fi.com/nicscurry