One of the most infamous moments of Nirvana’s existence was when Krist Novoselic brained himself with his bass during the 1992 MTV Music Video Awards.
When Krist went on stage that night, things were not good. He had just had a run-in with a couple of members of Guns N’Roses and was a little rattled. Nirvana had been fighting with the producers about what song they were going to play and it ended badly. And when Nirvana started playing, Krist’s bass sounded awful and he couldn’t hear himself.
That’s why at the end of “Lithium,” he threw his bass up into the air. He had done it many times before, but this time, no. Twenty-five feet up, twenty-five feet down–right on his head. He faked being knocked out, but he wasn’t. He was just stunned and embarrassed. Paramedics took care of him with some bandages and champagne.