NIRVANA: 30 YEARS OF NEVERMIND


Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Nirvana's Nevermind.

The landmark disc knocked Michael Jackson off the top of the Album chart in January 1992 and spawned a bunch of imitators who are still around today.

Here's a few Nevermind facts to ponder:

  • An estimated 30 million copies have been sold worldwide.
  • Some early copies of the album do not have the hidden track "Endless, Nameless."
  • Nirvana were supposed to start recording the album with producer Butch Vig in March 1991. But the sessions were delayed a month because Vig was finishing up another album --The Smashing Pumpkins' debut, Gish.
  • The baby on the cover is Spencer Elden. He was four months old when the picture was taken. Earlier this year, Elden sued the band, claiming it is pornography since he could not consent to his image being used on the album art because he was a baby. However, Elden hasn't had a problem in celebrating the album cover before. He recreated the shot for the album's 15th and 25th anniversary.
  • Four singles were released from the album -- "Sells Like Teen Spirit," "Come As You Are," "Lithium" and "in Bloom." All of them went Top-20 at Rock and Alternative. "Teen Spirit" made the pop charts, peaking at number-six on the Billboard Hot 100. And "Come As You Are" also made the Top-40, peaking at number-32.
  • Kurt Cobain came up with the song title "Smells Like Teen Spirit" when his friend Kathleen Hanna, at the time the lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill, spray painted "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" on his wall.
  • In 2011, a Super Deluxe 20th Anniversary Edition was released as a five disc box set that added B-sides, demos, rehearsals, an alternate mix of the album and a concert from Seattle.
  • A Super Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition of Nevermind is due out in November 11. It will include 70 previously unreleased tracks, including live material from four concerts. More on that HERE

Source: Nirvana.com and Premiere


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