I find it’s rare to come across an album that is just brilliant from start to finish. I can count on one hand how many albums I have that I can sit down and listen to from beginning to end and love every single song. Nirvana’s Nevermind is one of those few records.
Twenty years ago this month (September 24), Nirvana’s second album Nevermind came out and changed so much about music and culture. With Nevermind Nirvana became the face of the 90’s and the entire grunge movement.
The album explodes right from the beginning with those opening four chords from “Smells Like Teen Spirit” followed by Grohl coming in on that snare. Even to this day if you walk into a Guitar Center you’re going to hear some kid sitting down with a guitar and pounding out those four chords.
Kurt Cobain: his vocals were raw and tortured while at the same time he sang such beautiful melodies. What I always loved about Kurt’s lyrics were how cryptic they were. The song can be whatever you interpret it to be. His guitar playing was passionate, simple, powerful, and as catchy as any pop song you’ve ever heard. His suicide in 1994 was an incredible loss to his family, friends, fans, and to the world of art and music. Kurt was such a brilliant artist whose time was far too short.
Krist Novoselic: has always been my favorite bass player. His bass lines were always moving while not being too busy, and they always complimented Kurt’s guitar parts. Watching Krist perform is always fun because you can just tell he really believes in what he’s doing. Check out his most recent work on the Foo Fighters new record Wasting Light. He plays on the song “I Should Have Known”, which in my opinion is the best song on the record.
Dave Grohl: is an absolute beast on the drums. I think he is easily one of the best rock drummers of all time. The power and energy he brought to Nirvana took the band to another level. Thankfully post Nirvana we have got to hear him on the drums again with the first two Foo Fighters records, Queens of the Stone Age (Songs for the Deaf) and Them Crooked Vultures. Even after Nirvana Grohl continues to be one of the most powerful and influential people in music.
Nevermind went on sell over 30 million copies worldwide. Without question, one of the greatest albums of all time.