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26 years ago: nirvana change the music landscape with ‘nevermind’
do you remember where you were the first time you heard nirvana? there are some from the pacific northwest that can claim that moment came prior to 1991, but for most that special instance came somewhere in the vicinity of sept. 24, 1991, the day the band released their ‘nevermind’ album and began to change the landscape of music as most knew it.
the band sought out a producer named butch vig, who had worked with a band called killdozer. vig, who would later form the band garbage, met up with nirvana in april 1990 at his smart studios in madison, wis., where they began to work on new music. tensions in the band came to a head when cobain strained his voice while singing “lithium” and an argument over channing’s drumming style led to a parting of the ways.
production was shut down for a period and when they finally reconnected with vig, the band had added former scream drummer dave grohl on drums.
as stated, ‘nevermind’ arrived on sept. 24, 1991, preceded a few weeks by the single “smells like teen spirit.” almost instantaneously, the track became a hit and some of the band’s seattle peers began getting more of a fair shake at radio. within a year, much of the hair metal and hard rock that had commanded the airwaves was being phased out in favor of the “grunge” style often attached to nirvana.
over the next two years, nirvana went from being a band looking to evolve their sound and a small fanbase paying attention to becoming the biggest act in the world with all eyes on the group.
by 1999, ‘nevermind’ was certified with diamond status for 10 million units shipped, and nirvana would enter the rock and roll hall of fame in 2014, thanks in large part to the success of the ‘nevermind.’