Say what you will about that Kurt Cobain kid, but he must have had a really interesting, eclectic record collection.
Case in point: From 1987 and the band's first live radio broadcast (anthologized on the With the Lights Out box set in 2004), here's Nirvana's cover of Thunder and Roses' thoroughly obscure psych-metal workout "White Lace and Stange."
And here's the 1969 original, which I can only assume Cobain found on a cut-out bin vinyl copy of Thunder and Roses's sole album (on United Artists).
As you can hear, Nirvana's version is a little more frenetic than the original, but otherwise pretty faithful in both note and spirit, I think. As for the aforementioned Thunder and Roses, I know little about them except that they were from Philadelphia and that apparently they've developed a cult reputation since 1969. Also, T&R guitarist Chris Bond, of whom nothing has been heard of in the intervening years that I can determine, is a pretty impressive player, a judgement confirmed by a very accomplished cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Red House" elsewhere on the album (which has never been on CD, by the way).
Incidentally, I was turned on to Thunder and Roses over at the invaluable
Redtelephone66 website, which is -- alas -- about to go out of business due to threats over supposed copyright violations. If you get a chance, try to get over there and give proprietor Leonard Los some love for all the fine archival work he's done over the last few years. And tell 'em PowerPop sent you.
[h/t Laura G.]