See Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and Other '90s Greats Become 8-Bit Bands

Grunge nostalgia hits NES-inspired peak in chiptune video and medley

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WRITTEN BY
Colin Joyce

Even with the constant return of long-lost favorites and the birth of a slew of rearview mirror-gazing indie bands, the collective appetite for all things #90s remains nearly insatiable. Fortunately for the flannel-wearing, Discman-listening, shaggy-haired set, YouTube channel Filthy Frackers has emerged with a gleeful grunge medley that's as nostalgic in its form as it is in its content. Therein, classics like Nirvana's "In Bloom" and Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" are re-imagined as if they were part of a pastel-tinted NES soundtrack — all 8-bit synth sounds and lo-fi drum hits. The resulting medley is pretty hilarious, especially when Scott Weiland's vocals on Stone Temple Pilot's "Sex Type Thing," are replaced with the grating squeal of a high-pitched synthesizer line.

Soundgarden's "Rusty Cage," the Melvins' "Revolve," Mad Season's "River of Deceit," and Alice in Chains' "Man in the Box" also get the video-game treatment in the three minute-clip. So watch the whole thing above, which also features lo-fi renditions of each of those track's videos. Look below for screencaps of each band's appearance in the clip. The results range from utterly ridiculous to total bossmode.

Nirvana

Pearl Jam

Alice in Chains

Soundgarden

Melvins

Stone Temple Pilots

Mad Season

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