Puddle of Mudd’s Cover of Nirvana’s “About a Girl”: Not Good

  • Axl Rosenberg

Puddle of Mudd’s Wes Scantlin has been living in the shadow of Kurt Cobain for nearly two decades now, which is kind of amazing when you consider that Cobain had already been dead for seven years when Puddle of Mudd started to get famous.

So Scantlin wasn’t doing himself any favors by having Puddle of Mudd cover Nirvana’s “About a Girl” during a recent appearance on SiriusXM.

This is especially true since Scantlin biffed it, and biffed it HARD. Throughout the performance, Scantlin appears to be on the cusp of giving himself an aneurysm as he strains, and fails, to hit the notes — as Jared Dines puts it in his own reaction video, “[Scantlin] is so close to shitting himself” (I’ve heard hormonal adolescents at their bar mitzvahs do a better job of staying on key). Bassist Michael John Adams appears to be aware of how poorly the performance is going, while guitarist Matt Fuller, appropriately adorned in a shirt that says “Consolation Prize,” alternately seems to be smirking and trying to find his happy place within his own mind. Drummer Dave Moreno never lifts his head up from his congas, which was probably wise.

As of this writing, the video has 685,363 views, 1.9K likes, and a whopping 12K dislikes. Oomph.

You can watch the entire performance below, or a “highlight” reel, helpfully compiled by Catatonic Youths, below that. And below that is Dines’ reaction video, which is not just highly entertaining, but also features Dines pointing out some of the more vicious comments left below the video, which is also vastly amusing.

Schadenfreude, thy name is Scantlin:

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