Published on September 5th, 2012 | by Daniel0
Krist Novoselic of Nirvana has joined The Vaselines to Perform the Hit ‘Jesus doesn’t want me for a Sunbeam’
Novoselic is back in action with a touch of Vaseline.
For the fans this may be a historical occurrence. Krist Novoselic (a member of Nirvana) has joined The Vaselines as the duo performs ‘Jesus doesn’t want me for a sunbeam’. A vid of the performance is readily available on the internet today. On the video the bassist plays an accordion on song as they pay tribute to the time when this song made them famous on the 1994 ‘Unplugged’ show. It is a rather unexpected union between the former Nirvana bassist and the Scottish stalwarts but it did happen on the 3rd of September when they both took to the stage to perform.
Looking back at the great days of a great band
The union was celebrated at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle. The reclusive grunge icon has been known to avoid public appearances but on this occasion he was willing to play the accordion on the track. The Vaselines and Nirvana have not always had a smooth relationship when it came to this particular track. The latter band covered it for their live acoustic album titled ‘Unplugged in New York’ and it brought them a lot of fame. During the taping the legendary Kurt Cobain introduced it as a rendition of an old Christian Song but that they would do it the ‘Vaselines way’.
The Scottish band originally recorded it under the title ‘Jesus Wants me for a Sunbeam’. It became a big parody of the Christian children’s hymn titled ‘I’ll be a Sunbeam’. The band included it on their 1988 EP titled ‘Dying for it’. Outside the twee indie-pop circles, the song was largely unknown. However in 1992 it was recorded with an amended title under the compilation summary known as ‘The Ways of the Vaselines: a Complete History’.
In addition to the unplugged version, there are two alternative versions which were released in 2004 under the ‘With the Lights Out’ boxset. One of them was acoustic while the other was electric. Krist Novoselic has retired from the music industry for the most part but recently he has been reviving the Nirvana legacy. He appeared with the Foo Fighters in 2010 during a secret show held in Tarzana (California) where they played ‘Marigold’, a song penned by Grohl as part of the B-Side to ‘Heart Shaped Box’.