Thursday, September 23, 2010

Nirvana - With the Lights Out

With the Lights Out is a rarities box set, containing 3 CDs and 1 DVD, from the American grunge band Nirvana. It was released in November 2004. The title refers to the line "with the lights out, it's less dangerous" from the successful "Smells Like Teen Spirit" single. "With the Lights Out" set a new record for the most sells in a single week of any box set, with 105,760 units sold. As of 2007, "With the Lights Out" has sold over 925,000 units in the United States alone, according to Nielson SoundScan [1]. "With the Lights Out" has also been certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

Rumors of a posthumous Nirvana box set, or anthology, first surfaced in the mid-1990s, not long after the death of the band's singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain  in April 1994. It was eventually announced that a 45-track box set would be released in September 2001, to mark the 10th anniversary of the band's breakthrough album, Nevermind, but a legal battle between Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, and surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, precluded this from happening.

Much of the dispute centered on "You Know You're Right", a song recorded in January 1994 during the band's final studio session. Grohl and Novoselic had wanted it for the box set, but Love blocked the song's release, and sued them for control of Nirvana's legacy. Love's lawsuit asserted that "the parties have fundamentally different concepts of how to manage the musical and artistic legacy of Kurt Cobain", which resulted "in a stalemate of decision making."[2] She believed that "You Know You're Right" would be "wasted" on a box set, and instead belonged on a single-disc compilation similar to the Beatles' 1.[3]

In 2002, the legal battle was settled, and "You Know You're Right" appeared on the "best-of" compilation known as Nirvana. This paved the way for what became With the Lights Out, which arrived in November 2004 (and reissued in March 2009), over three years after its original release date but with far more music than had first been promised.

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