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Warpaint influenced by Nirvana shocker

By | Published on Thursday 18 November 2010

Warpaint bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg has revealed that the band’s last single, ‘Undertow’, briefly began life as a cover of Nirvana’s ‘Polly’, which is why it contains a similar line to the Kurt Cobain-penned track. Well, the words “hurt yourself” appear in both songs, anyway.

Lindberg told BBC 6music: “[Guitarist] Theresa [Wayman] and I were just working and I had a bassline. She just started singing the lyrics to ‘Polly’ over that song. But instead of making that a cover – even though it sounded really cool – we said: ‘Well, write your own words to the song'”.

She continued: “There’s definitely an homage to [‘Polly’] in the chorus, the first line – [but] you listen to the songs back-to-back they sound nothing alike. Yeah, it is a bit of an homage to Kurt [Cobain] and Nirvana”.

Good, I’m glad we’ve got that sorted out.