Amazingly, it is well over a quarter of a century since the release of Nirvana's Heart-Shaped Box single and its surreal, artistic, baffling, and haunting accompanying promo directed by Anton Corbijn based on a treatment by Kurt Cobain.
The video was immediately iconic: religious iconography, a striking visual treatment and, at the centre of it all, Kurt, a man at the height of his fame and success, ill at ease with both, about to release In Utero, the follow-up to the smash hit Nevermind, a 26-year-old who would die at 27.
Let’s take a deep dive into the video and see what we learn, eh?
We start fairly strikingly, a top-down shot of a hospital bed with an old man in it, a glimmer of light shining through the curtains, a cross on the floor. Of immediate note are two things: firstly, the impressive visual composition, testament to director Anton Corbijn’s background as a still photographer, and secondly the topmost pair of trousers, which are quite something.