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Beck, Nirvana Members Play David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World"

One of the more memorable songs from Nirvana's early nineties MTV Unplugged performance (and accompanying CD and DVD) is the band's surprise cover of David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World."

The performance, with its distinctive fuzz guitar highlights and oddly appealing drum sound, helped introduce Bowie to a younger generation of fans a good 10 years after Let's Dance.

Sunday night at Clive Davis' Grammys pre-party, the surviving members of Nirvana, including Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, were joined by Beck for a an almost-surreal reprise the of performance. This time, it served as a fitting tribute to Bowie, who died of cancer January 10 at age 69.

Below, you can check out Sunday night's performance, as well as Nirvana's original MTV Unplugged performance of the 1970 Bowie track.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.