1997: Seventh-grade me finally discovers Nirvana's MTV Unplugged album, three years after Kurt Cobain's suicide. The first track to stick out is "Plateau," a simple ditty that my adolescent fingers can easily pluck out on my dad's acoustic guitar.

1997: Seventh-grade me finally discovers Nirvana's MTV Unplugged album, three years after Kurt Cobain's suicide. The first track to stick out is "Plateau," a simple ditty that my adolescent fingers can easily pluck out on my dad's acoustic guitar.

1984: The Meat Puppets release "Plateau" on Meat Puppets II, the album that would establish them as underground rock heavyweights. Its twangy tweak to the punk-rock formula sets it apart from SST Records brethren like the Minutemen, Black Flag and Husker Du, each of whom brings their own spin to the fledgling American underground.

2007: A reunited Meat Puppets perform "Plateau" at the Fader Fort during Austin's SXSW music festival. Someone in the crowd yells "F--- Nirvana!" probably because they know millions of kids will always associate the tune with Cobain rather than its creators. That dude is an idiot. He should be happy we found out about Meat Puppets at all.

2004: On recommendation of my buddy David, I download Meat Puppets II and listen to it sporadically throughout a quarter studying in Pamplona, Spain. I am reminded of "Plateau," but it's just one link in a uniformly solid chain of songs.

2009: Curt Kirkwood and band return to Columbus for a show with Retribution Gospel Choir, a loud melodic rock trio featuring Alan Sparhawk and Steve Garrington of Low. Hopefully, no one curses Cobain.