Nevermind: 20 Years Later

Posted Sep 24, 2011 by John Simon Ritchie
It's been 20 years since Nirvana's 'Nevermind' turned the music industry upside-down, and would define a generation of angst-filled teenagers by is bringing the heavy, dirty, and perfectly chaotic 90's Seattle grunge scene to the mainstream.
Front-man for the band Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, grew up in the small town of Aberdeen, Washington, a logging town known for it's sad and often depressing atmosphere. Cobain was raised by his mother and father until the age of eight, when his parents went through a divorce which would change Kurt for the rest of his life. He was then giving from family member to family member throughout high school, where he would eventually meet Krist Novoselic, future bass player for the revolutionary band.
Kurt and Krist came together to start there own band, and after going through a few drummers, they stumbled upon Chad Channing, and would eventually make there first album with there label Sub-Pop; a label which saw the money in the quickly arising grunge scene going on in Seattle. Nirvana's Bleach, although not a huge hit, still helped the band tour and give them a push to keep going. Soon after the release of the album, there were already talks about recording for a second album; an album which would soon change history.
Chad Channing departing from the band would eventually lead the band to a drummer by the name of Dave Grohl, who the band would quickly took in, and soon, a bond was made which would become seemingly unbreakable. Sub-Pop recommended producer Butch Vig for there next album, which the band highly agreed with. Recording after recording, an album was soon put together, and released on September 24th, 1991 titled Nevermind. Soon after that date, the first song, Smells Like Teen Spirit, would become an anthem for generation-X, and would become one of the biggest hits in music history.
By January of 1992, Nirvana knocked Michael Jackson from the #1 spot, and took over—Nirvana-mania had just begun. And after a third album in 1993 titled In Utero everything seemed to be perfect for the band, until April of 1994, when Kurt Cobain had been found dead, of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in his Seattle home.
The album changed history and 20 years later, it still manages to stay alive and relevant with a huge cult-following. Today, a 20th anniversary 'super-deluxe edition' is being released which contain a remastered version of the original album, over 70 songs, 35 of which were previously unreleased. The set also contains a rare double-sided poster, a 90 page book, and the previously unreleased concert footage of 'Nirvana: Live at the Paramount Theatre'.
Although Kurt is no longer with us, he has been immortalized in his music, and shall never be forgotten, and with all the attention surrounding Nirvana's Nevermind, one thing can be said for sure: 20 years later, and the band is still just as bad-ass as they were in 1991.