Lots of people are doing lots of different things to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind, but here’s one that nobody really anticipated: The kid from Third Rock From The Sun, onstage in Seattle, singing “Lithium.”

Two nights ago, JGL was in Seattle, performing at the Neptune Theater as part of HitRECord At The Movies (HitRECord is JGL’s production company/blog thing). During the show, he broke out a solo-electric cover of track five from Nevermind. And OK, sure, fine, Gordon-Levitt is a fine actor with many good roles under his belt (The Lookout! Underrated!), and his “yeah-eah-eah-ee-yeah” is not altogether embarrassing. But, I mean, come on. You’ll see what I’m talking about below.

(via Billboard)

The best part, obviously, is the mid-song soliloquy where JGL says, “It doesn’t matter that [Kurt Cobain]’s dead.” JGL, of course, knows all about death; Michael Myers totally buried an ice skate in his face in Halloween H2O.

Comments (17)
  1. that actually wasn’t too bad

  2. He’s hamtastic.

  3. Am I back in high school right now?!

  4. It wasn’t that great, I think he owes us All Apologies

  5. Covering Nirvana is like having sex with your hot boss – It seems like a fun, tempting feat to be accomplished prior to…but once it’s over, you realize it didn’t live up to the expectations and there’s a possible backlash coming your way…

  6. This is what I wanted to do during that condescending mid-song soliloquy

    • what was condescending about that?

      • Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but it seems to me like this:

        JGL feels the need to retort to “people who always bring out how he killed himself” in the middle of the song, so he makes a carefully planned statement in deep-voice to illustrate how he understands the music while other people are too stupid to see past the suicide.

        Again, maybe I’m reading too much into it but why does he have to do it in the middle of the song? How does his important guy sermon improve the song? It doesn’t have anything to do with the song, so why bring it up in the first place?

  7. he’s not bad, actually… but I couldn’t get through the whole of it. he seems pretty wired though, but I take it it might be his personality.. I guess? :S maybe?

  8. no band but electric? dude only jeff buckley can get away with that haha, that didn’t sound right either, sounded too high, he needs to de-tune.

  9. btw…something was very telling in that clip, you hear the screaming girls??? THANK SCREAMING GIRLS, creating douche wannabe rockers since 1965:)

  10. I prefer my pretentious Nirvana covers by actors to include full-on Kurt Cobain costumes. Jared Leto knows what I’m talking about.

    I look forward to the inevitable Keanu Reeves cover of “Dumb.”

  11. ddogdunit  |   Posted on Aug 26th, 2011 0

    the lookout sucked, as did JG-L’s by-the-numbers performance in it. totally uninspired film.

  12. Check out this Bluegrass cover of All Apologies by Back City Woods:


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