Mark Lanegan co-wrote Nirvana’s “Something In The Way”Rodney
Mark Lanegan, the iconic singer-songwriter known for his work with bands like Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age has another great work to add to his name. It’s been revealed Mark co-wrote Nirvana’s “Something In The Way”.
Lanegan noted in his biography that he and Cobain shared a strong bond musically and personally. In the book Lanegan by author Greg Pato, Former bassist of Queens of the Stone Age said “Mark said he wrote some lyrics on ‘Something in the Way’ with Kurt on Nevermind. But Kurt had played on some of Mark’s solo stuff, The Winding Sheet. So, instead of getting paid, they just did this thing where, ‘Hey man, I added a lyric on your song and you added a lyric on my song. Let’s just call it even. Whatever happens, happens.’
“Little did Mark know, if he would have had the publishing on ‘Something in the Way’ on Nevermind by Nirvana, he would have had a lot of money. I remember him kicking himself in the butt a little bit about that – ‘If I had that ‘Something in the Way’ publishing…'”
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Another section in the book has Gary Lee Conner saying “When we were working on songwriting for Dust , during that time, Mark is like, ‘Courtney [Love] wants us to do a song… And it was that song — ‘You Know You’re Right’ [a then-unreleased Nirvana song]. So, I got a tape of it and we learned it. We never recorded it. But we learned it without Mark, and Mark came down to sing it… and he couldn’t. He changed his mind. And that was the end of it.
“But who knows?” Conner reflected. “We could have had a big hit with Kurt’s song. [Laughs] I’d imagine it would have been a pretty big deal – in ’95 or ’96 to release a cover of an unknown Nirvana song. I don’t know. That was the idea. But I don’t know if it was the idea of capitalizing on Kurt … although we could have used the money.”