Flashback Friday: Off Broadway Gives Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box" The Alt-Country Treatment!

During an impromptu reunion at the esteemed FitzGerald's back in 2000, Chicago legends Off Broadway slayed a packed house with their special brand of edgy pop.

While singer Cliff Johnson was getting ready for his close-up backstage, the rest of the band dove head first into an impromptu country-tinged version of Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box" that is the sort of thing that makes me wonder why I ever left Chicago in the first place.

The band had reformed a few years earlier with ex-Pezband guitarist Mimi Betinis, but some sort of falling out between he and Johnson put the band on ice until Mike Redmond, the guy singing on "Heart-Shaped Box", campaigned for the gig and the rest, as they say, is history.  The band not only tore the roof off the dump, but stayed together for another nine years.

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