Video of the Day: Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins Play Twister


The relationship between Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins — particularly Kurt Cobain and Billy Corgan — has been on our minds lately, thanks to Courtney Love’s epic quote in an excerpt from Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum’s new oral history of MTV. Although the interview was supposed to be about the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video, Love, of course, took it her own way, leaving us with a paragraph that details her first time with Cobain but also includes the sentence “I’d flown there to fuck Billy Corgan, who still had lots of hair.”

In any case, today we bring you a completely context-free video, which seems to be raw footage from MTV, of Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins playing Twister together in front of a crowd of fans. The undisputed star of the clip is Krist Novoselic, who has stripped down to his briefs, greased himself up with Crisco, and eventually ends up between Dave Grohl’s legs. Cobain, meanwhile, is pretty quiet until the end, when he and his band mates turn the friendly competition into an all-out wrestling match. Smashing Pumpkins, sadly, aren’t nearly as much fun. We’ve always preferred Nirvana to Smashing Pumpkins, but now we know for sure who we would rather have partied with ca. 1992.

[via Dog and Pony Show]