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Published on Aug 6, 2009
But here are some facts/comments about "About A Girl" from songfacts.com :
Kurt Cobain wrote this for his girlfriend at the time, Tracy Marander. They lived together for a while, and she took the photo that's on the album cover.
According to Chad Channing, who was Nirvana's drummer at the time, Cobain didn't have a title for this when he brought it to the studio. When Channing asked what it was about, Cobain said, "It's about a girl."
This was one of Nirvana's first songs. It was released on Sub Pop, an independent record label they recorded on before being signed by David Geffen's DGC Records.
Kurt Cobain wrote this after spending the previous night listening to The Beatles US album, Meet The Beatles, over and over.
This is the first track on their acoustic album MTV Unplugged In New York, which was released after the death of Cobain.
The album Bleach initially sold about 35,000 copies, which was pretty good for an Indie band and got them signed to a major label. The album eventually sold over 1 million copies, as many Nirvana fans bought it after Cobain died.
This was popular on college radio long before Nirvana hit it big.
The album cost about $600 to produce. They got the title from a public service campaign in San Francisco that urged intravenous drug users to "Bleach Your Works," meaning to clean their needles with bleach so they would not spread the AIDS virus. At one point, Cobain wanted to call the album "Too Many Humans."
The cover of Bleach shows 4 band members. For a while, Nirvana had a second guitarist named Jason Everman.
On Nirvana's MTV Unplugged special, Cobain said, "This is off our first record, most people don't own it" before playing the song.
The MTV Unplugged version is featured on Guitar Hero: World Tour.