- 10:49 AM, Oct 05
Nirvana is noted as the grunge band that has no end, not even after the frontman Kurt Cobain ended the band ride by taking his own life. Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic formed the band in 1985. They changed their drummer for several times; from Aaron Burckhard, Dan Peters, Dale Crover, Chad Channing and eventually clicked with Dave Grohl who joined the band in 1991.
Nirvana recorded their album "Bleach" in 1990. Cobain and Krist's favorite band The Melvins inspired the album. After the release, they started to tour and noted a stint with Sonic Youth. Interested to the band, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon recommended Nirvana to record executive David Geffen who later signed them to DGC Records in 1990. It was the moment for the band to record their first major label album "Nevermind" in 1991. They kicked former drummer Chad Channing and replaced him with Dave Grohl. "Nevermind" soon became a huge success as it includes popular single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" that brought the grunge sound and rocketed the album to #1 on the Billboard charts. Thus, the album later led fanatics to claim Nirvana as the new icon for the Generation X.
The compilation album of b-sides "Incesticide", which includes singles "Sliver", "Aneurysm" and covers of songs by indie rock band The Vaselines titled "Molly's Lips" and "Son of a Gun", was soon put on sale in 1992. The album was expected to achieve another success just as the previous one. And in 1993, the next album "In Utero" was put on the market. It was pretty much a controversial one, as its cover image was considered unsuitable to be put on shelves. Moreover, the single "Rape Me" taken from the album also caused controversy until it was retitled into "Waif Me". Both albums, sadly, failed to follow the favorable result of "Nevermind," yet led the band to take their next step.
And so November 1993 became the memorable episode for the fanatics as Cobain unexpectedly agreed to do an acoustic performance on MTV Unplugged. The stage set, which was decorated with white flowers and candles, added the atmosphere as Nirvana amazed their viewers. Thus, the band later received the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance for the astounding performance. "We were just amazed we were putting out a record. We were, and are, still learning. But we've never cared much for