Here is basic information about "Lithium" from songfacts.com:
"Lithium", seen by many, is about a man on the verge of committing suicide: dysfunctional, random and all that. However, it is very important not to read Kurt Cobain's lyrics too much. When listening to live programs, many songs contain altered lyrics that sound like other words, which was one of the most unique things about Nirvana.
Lithium is a medication used by doctors and psychiatrists to treat patients with manic-depressive disorder, also known as bipolar depression. This is a very volatile mental condition, and lithium often helps regulate the patient's mood. Mike Tyson is a famous lithium patient.
The single CD had an ultrasound photo of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's unborn daughter, Frances Bean.
The album was produced by Butch Vig. He also produced the Siamese Dream of Smashing Pumpkins and is the drummer of the Garbage band.
Kurt Cobain collaborated with Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan in an informal blues band during 1990. One of the names they considered for the group was Lithium.
There was a group called Nirvana that existed between 1967 and 1972 and had modest success in Europe. That band rejoined and sued Nirvana of Kurt Cobain in the early 1990s for taking his name. The lawsuit was resolved amicably, and the other Nirvana released his version of "Lithium" on his 1996 album Orange And Blue.
Cobain spent a period of his life moving between the homes of several relatives and friends. One of these friends came from a family of reformed Christians, and in this song, Cobain compares living in this house with having bipolar depression.
Living Color guitarist Vernon Reid told Rolling Stone magazine: "My favorite song in Nevermind was & # 39; Lithium & # 39; Kurt Cobain took advantage of some of the culture that nobody had given a voice to before: passionate ambivalence : "I'm so ugly, but it's fine because you are too." He captured the idea of having incredibly powerful feelings about not having feelings. "
Bruce Lash recorded a soft lounge version that was used in the 2008 film Marley & Me. Lash explains: "I recorded the song as part of an album I called Prozak For Lovers II, in 2004. I did the first Prozak For Lovers in 1998. I was looking for songs that were hard or angry or alienated to make a kind of Loungy Bossa Novas from "Calm them down. Calm them down." Lithium & # 39; has such a beautiful melody, and I never realized how great the lyrics were until I started working on the Prozak version. It was natural!
What happens with this type of song treatment is that the lyrics really come to the fore, and I find that the result is especially pleasant when the lyrics are as good as in this song.
How did he get to Marley? The film's editor, Mark Livolsi, told me that he had included it in the cut quite soon and that his placement was never questioned. I have no idea how he found my recording of the song. However, I sent him a fruit basket as a thank you. 🙂 "(Prozak For Lovers II is available on CD Baby and iTunes).
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