10 Things You Didn't Know About Nirvana's Nevermind
10. Cobain Felt Uneasy About Releasing Come As You Are
The second single off Nevermind came in the form of Come As You Are, the third track from the album. It is one of Nirvanas most cherished and played songs. It possessed a jangle-rock cut in its verses and a melodic chorus that displayed Cobain blending two similar sounding words together to create its infectious Tom Petty-esque hook. But there was a strange reason behind why Cobain felt uneasy about releasing the song as the albums secondary single. Come As You Ares opening chimes sound very similar to Killing Jokes opening guitar lick on their single, Eighties. Cobain knew this, and for that reason alone, thought fans and radio stations would boycott the song and band, potentially labeling them as rip-offs. As the history books show, Come As Your Are became one of Nirvanas most successful tunes and lead to no backlash with many fans and DJs not even picking up on the similarities. Killing Joke, on the other hand, did make their feelings clear as to how they felt about Cobains plagiarism. However, the band never took any legal action against Nirvana and left their negative feelings dwell. Or they felt incredibly threatened by the bands huge popularity and felt it was best to not rattle the cage. Whatever way you look at it, Eighties is the more inferior song.