Nirvana’s debut studio “Bleach” (and Kurt’s non-embarrassing lyrics)

28 years ago, Nirvana’s debut studio album saw the light of day.

Blank on Blank – Kurt Cobain

Blank on Blank is a Brooklyn-based studio, in collaboration with PBS, that uses animated short films to present lost or forgotten interviews. “Famous names, lost interviews” is their tagline. “We drink tea all the time,” Kurt Cobain tells Jon Savage in this 1993 interview. “My mother always tried to keep a little English culture in […]

Flashback: 5 MTV Unplugged performances revisited

Nirvana – 1993 Really, what more is there to say? For some (those that didnâ’t come of age in the ‘90s), MTV Unplugged will always be synonymous with Nirvanaâ’s legendary performance in New York. Recorded just months before Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobainâ’s death, their raw, single-take performance is a masterpiece of stripped down tension and […]

Nirvana Release “Nevermind”

Nevermind was released on September 24, 1991. Nirvana’s lineup had stabilized on founding members Kurt Cobain and Chris Novoselic along with new recruit Dave Grohl and had moved from Sub Pop to Geffen Records who hoped that Nevermind would sell around 250,000 copies. Nevermind became Nirvana’s first number one album on January 11, 1992, replacing Michael Jackson at the top of the Billboard charts, eventually spending two hundred and fifty-two weeks on the Billboard 200 and selling over 25 million copies.

Dave Grohl becomes Nirvana’s Drummer

On September 21st, 1990 Krist Novoselic and Kurt Cobain picked Dave Grohl up from Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport. He stayed with Kurt in his “Hellhole” apartment in Olympia and auditioned for Nirvana a few days later. He got the job, with Krist Novoselic later stating, “We knew in two minutes that he was the right drummer.”

Nirvana Record at Smart Studios with Butch Vig

Nirvana had released their debut album “Bleach” in 1989, which went on to become Sub Pop’s biggest seller. As spring 1990 came in, Nirvana were to make their second album for Sub Pop, speculatively titled “Sheep”. It was Sub Pop’s Jonathan Poneman’s idea to use Butch Vig on “Sheep”, but both Nirvana and Butch Vig were keen to work together and in early April 1990, Nirvana entered Butch Vig’s Smart Studios to record the sessions that would play a large part in the making of “Nevermind”.

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