When it comes to pinpointing the best shows on television, HBO remains at the top, critically undefeated. Their new series, Westworld, is no different. After a successful first season, the show is going to return on April 22, 2018. If that’s not exciting enough, they hired composer Ramin Djawadi to cover Nirvana for the final trailer.
If you haven’t seen the first season, the show is somewhat complex to describe. Basically, it’s robots and cowboys, but it’s not terrible (unlike Cowboys and Aliens). Essentially, “Westworld” is somewhat of an amusement park for the rich, but visitors can tour the wild west, which includes shoot-outs and whore houses.
IMDb wrote, “Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence….” Obviously, Nirvana fits right into this unholy world. In addition to the robotic world of the west, Season 2 also appears to highlight an uprising and a “reckoning.”
But there’s a reason why they chose to cover the Nirvana hit. The song is iconic, purposefully written, and meant to shake up society.
The Story Behind Nirvana “Heart-Shaped Box”
Guitarist and vocalist Kurt Cobain wrote “Heart-Shaped Box” as the single for the group’s third and final studio album. In Utero hit the shelves in 1993 and it was one of two songs mixed by Scott Litt. Technically, the label DGC Records did not release a physical single in the United States, but the radio ate up the song.
“Heart-shaped box” got a ton of airplay and eventually reached No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. In addition, the international version hit number five on the UK Singles Chart. But most people will likely recall the music video as their most unusual song to date.
The video received two awards, including Best Alternative Video at the MTV Video Music Awards the following year, in 1994. In addition to the great song, this is also due to the fact that famed director Anton Corbijn shot the music video. He’s also known for Bryan Adams’ “Do I Have to Say the Words?” Coldplay’s “Talk” and “Viva la Vida,” and countless other music videos.
Corbijn has since moved into film. His movies The American (George Clooney) and A Most Wanted Man (Philip Seymour Hoffman) are both spectacular.