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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Covers Nirvana’s “Lithium” Live

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Joseph Gordon-Levitt[/lastfm] is one of the most buzzworthy actors in Hollywood today, especially after (500) Days of Summer and Inception. And now he’s been dappling in music as well. His online project HITRECORD.ORG is an “open collaborative production company” that creates a canvas for the online community to work on projects together.

Last Tuesday, as part of his company’s hitRECord at the Movies series of events consisting of “original short films, live performance and collaborative RECording,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt performed at the Neptune Theater in Seattle and thought it the perfect occasion and place to cover “Lithium” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nirvana[/lastfm].

His version is definitely less grungy and more high-pitched than [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kurt Cobain[/lastfm]’s, but it’s still pretty good! He stopped midway through the song to talk about how people always focus on Cobain’s suicide when talking about Nirvana, and then said it “doesn’t matter that he’s dead, doesn’t matter how he died, his songs are f—-ing awsome, that’s what matters,” before triumphantly finishing the song.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt also performed Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl as part of a tribute to the late French singer/songwriter [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Serge Gainsbourg[/lastfm] alongside other performers like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beck[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sean Lennon[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Faith No More[/lastfm]’s [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mike Patton[/lastfm], furthering this new image as a slash-musician.

What do you think of his performance? Did it do Nirvana justice?


One Comment

  1. Scotty says:

    Shit yeah! I knew I loved this guy as an actor for a reason. We share the same ideals! Its all in celebration with music man. Thats what Joe was doing right there. Celebrating Nirvana. Cool solo performance, though, yes, not in exact key, but that’s the whole point. It wasn’t a tribute song. It was Joseph Gordon Levitt simply playing a Nirvana track for a live audience. Didn’t need to be perfect but had everything that Kurt Cobain put into it. Feeling. Joe gave it his all in his vocals and I applaud the man for that. Great job Joe! Great post Gillian! Would’ve never known about this and had the opportunity to enjoy. Proper.

  2. Carol H Kim says:

    He sounds so much better than Miley Cyrus singing Smells Like Teen Spirit.

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