|Song by Nirvana from the album Bleach|
|Bleach track listing|
"Negative Creep" is exemplary of Seattle's grunge sound. It features Cobain's frantic wails and screaming on top of a repetitious and heavy grunge riff.
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"Negative Creep" is a song by American rock band Nirvana from its 1989 debut album Bleach. The song was written by Kurt Cobain about himself, and how he claimed that he always saw himself as a negative person. It was named as one of the "Sub Popiest" grunge songs the band ever recorded. IGN called it "a text book example of Seattle's true grunge sound". "Negative Creep" is the only song on Bleach (including the reissued tracks), that does not end abruptly. Instead it fades out with the vocals, giving it a 1960s pop aesthetic.
The line "Daddy's little girl ain't a girl no more" shares similarities to the early Mudhoney single B-side "Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More", later re-released on Superfuzz Bigmuff Plus Early Singles. Nirvana does not credit the song and the line was under the speculation of plagiarism. Some reviewers instead see the songs as an ode, not a ripoff, such as "Smells Like Teen Spirit" being an ode to the Pixies' "Debaser".
- A live performance of "Negative Creep" performed in 1992 in Honolulu, Hawaii was included on the home video Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! released on VHS in 1994 and DVD in 2006.
- A live performance of "Negative Creep" performed in 1991 at the Paramount Theatre, Seattle was included on the live album From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah in 1996 and also on the live DVD Live at the Paramount that was released in 2011.
- A live performance of "Negative Creep" performed in 1992 at the Reading Festival, England was released on the live CD/DVD Live at Reading in 2009.
- The song was covered by Tura Satana on their 1996 album Relief Through Release.
- In 1997 it was covered by Machine Head on their single/EP Take My Scars.
- Dee Dee Ramone, a former member of the well-known punk group The Ramones, covered the song on the 2001 Nirvana tribute Smells Like Bleach: A Punk Tribute to Nirvana.
- The hard rock band Velvet Revolver, fronted by grunge contemporary Scott Weiland, covered the song as a b-side on their single Slither.
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