Nirvana’s ‘Something In the Way’ Had Songwriting Help From Another Grunge Icon

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“Something In The Way” is easily one of the most iconic songs from Nirvana, and recently, it has been revealed that the late Mark Lanegan helped write it.

Lanegan was a famous grunge musician most famously known for his work in The Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age.

Lanegan sadly passed away last year at the age of 57.

In a new biography about Lanegan’s life, titled Lanegan, Queens of the Stone Age member Nick Oliveri revealed to author Greg Prato that Lanegan helped Kurt Cobain write “Something In The Way.”

Speaking to Prato, Oliveri said (as transcribed by Consequence):

“Mark said he wrote some lyrics on ‘Something in the Way’ with Kurt on Nevermind. But Kurt had played on some of Mark’s solo stuff, The Winding Sheet. So, instead of getting paid, they just did this thing where, ‘Hey man, I added a lyric on your song and you added a lyric on my song. Let’s just call it even. Whatever happens, happens.’

“Little did Mark know, if he would have had publishing on ‘Something in the Way’ on Nevermind, he would have had a lot of money. I remember him kicking himself in the butt a little bit about that – ‘If I had that ‘Something in the Way’ publishing…’”

It is absolutely surreal to learn that not only did Lanegan help write one of Nirvana’s biggest songs, but his work went uncredited and he did not strive to get any publishing rights for the song.

“Something In The Way” has had somewhat of a pop culture resurgence recently thanks to The Batman. The Nirvana song not only plays twice in the movie, but for several of the folks who worked on the film, the song also holds a special meaning.

If you are interested in reading Lanegan, you can order a copy via Amazon.

Rest In Peace Mark <3

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