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Nirvana, ‘Rape Me’ – Disturbing Songs People Love

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It’s not the first song Kurt Cobain wrote that’s ostensibly about the most heinous of sexual crimes — the acoustic cut ‘Polly’ off ‘Nevermind’ seems to tell a similar story of a defiant rape victim — but it is the only Nirvana song (and perhaps one of the few songs ever) to feature the phrase “rape me” repeated over and over again. Then again, as with most Nirvana songs, it’s not exactly clear what ‘Rape Me’ is about. The literal act? Cobain’s feelings about his treatment in the media? Regardless, it’s disturbing the first time anyone hears it, and then somehow, it seemingly morphs into anti-rape anthem that’s — dare we say it? — almost fun to sing along to. Do it and do it again.


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