If you were alive in the 90’s and have ears, you’ve heard (or at least heard of) the album “Nevermind” by Nirvana. In this episode, Dan and Kevin dive deep into the history, the legacy, and some more obscure trivia about the record that defined the 90’s.
“Nevermind” was the second album from the band Nirvana, released on September 24, 1991 on DGC Records. A critical and commercial success, the album is credited for bringing alt rock and grunge to a mainstream audience, ending the reign of hair metal, and reviving a thought-dead punk scene amongst teenagers and young adults. “Nevermind” reached number one on the US Billboard 200 in January 1992, and is among the most influential and acclaimed albums in the history of rock music.
The lead single on the album is “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – an anthem for youth counterculture even to this day. Other successful singles form the pressing are “Come as You Are”, “In Bloom”, and “Lithium”. Of the song writing process, drummer Dave Grohl recalls Kurt Cobain’s approach – crafting the music and melodies first, then following with lyrics.
Some of the hardware Cobain uses on this album includes a 1960’s Fender Mustang, a Fender Jaguar with DiMarzio pickups, as well a Fender Stratocaster with humbucker bridge pickups. Pedals include DS-1 distortion and an Electro-Harmonix Small Clone chorus pedal, the latter of which can be heard prominently in “Come as You Are” and in the prechorus to “Teen Spirit”.
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