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Nirvana on Saturday Night Live 1992

The following image is taken from an advertisement for Nirvana’s 1992 appearance on Saturday Night Live. It appears in Charles Cross’ beautiful book, Cobain Unseen. It should be pretty obvious from the imagery employed on this flyer that everyone associated with Saturday Night Live was aware of and/or complicit in the predation on Napalm Beach.

Nirvana on Saturday Night Live 1992
1992 (click on image to enlarge)

You see here the use of the colors red, blue, green, and yellow. You see the mirror imagery in the two opposing images of fire/flames. The flames (Napalm Beach) are behind the television. A man points to the flames with his thumb (“under my thumb” is a reference to someone being oppressed). He shows his teeth (truth). There is a prominent button on his shirt. I believe that buttons (which appear frequently in lyrics and imagery) suggest confinement (buttoned) and in at least one old James Bond movie, hidden microphones are disguised as buttons.

Another man is observing the flame from a lawn chair behind the television. His quiet casual repose suggests “sleeping” – lack of action, and complete acceptance.

On the television is an image of the swimming baby from the cover of Nirvana’s Nevermind album. The baby appears to be reaching for a one-dollar bill on a fishhook. This baby is a “sun” (Chris Newman/Napalm Beach) reference. And the dollar, hook, and string a symbolic reference to the manipulation being done to Chris’ life and career.

In front of the television is an image of a woman in a hula hoop. The hoop symbolizes the “hole” and the hula symbolizes dancing (and Hawaii, which is of course where Kurt and Courtney had married that same year). The woman’s shirt shows a face with two x’s for eyes. This is an early Nirvana logo, and the crossed eyes, lolling tongue suggest blindness, speech, and death.

According to several sources, Kurt Cobain overdosed on heroin and nearly died just a few hours before this Saturday Night Live appearance.