Nevermind, Nirvana's second album, was released on September 24, 1991. A few weeks later, Nirvana became one of the most popular bands in the world.
To fully understand the frenzy surrounding the release of this classic and its fallout in the rock industry, here are some quirky facts about its conception.
The following anecdotes are taken from various articles in the Rolling Stone , Slate,Spin and the Billboard.
Some funny facts aboutNevermind
After the success of the album, AXL Rose personally wanted to invite Nirvana to open for Guns 'n' Roses. Kurt Cobain declined the offer, saying his thoughts on the AXL Rose group: “They really don't have any talent. And they write shitty music. ”
Despite the success of the album, Cobain never really enjoyed the final mix. He even claimed that Nevermind's production “looks more like a Mötley Crüe record than a punk-rock record.”
After recording the album in Los Angeles in the spring of 1991, Kurt Cobain wanted to return to his apartment in Olympia, Washington. Seeing his boxes on the sidewalk, he understood that he had been evicted from his home! He then spent the night in his car.
The launch of Nevermind took place at a small Seattle club, the Re-bar . The mood quickly degenerated when the guys from Nirvana arrived at the party drunk. The party quickly turned into a huge food fight initiated by the trio still little known at the time.
Nevermind's original title was Sheep . Moreover, many song titles on the album were changed before their final version. The Breed piece, for example, was called Immodium … And Stay Away was originally called Pay to play .
Nirvana performed at the Electric Foufounes on September 21, 1991, a few days before the official release of Nevermind.
Six months after the album's release, Kurt Cobain claimed a larger share of the copyright revenue. Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic would then have threatened to leave the group.
Dave Grohl joined Nirvana just before the album was recorded. Moreover, on the piece Polly , producer Butch Vig kept the cymbal track performed by former drummer Chad Channing.
Nevermind dethroned Michael Jackson's Dangerous album to the top of the Billboard.
Kurt Cobain refused to dub his own voice during the recording. Butch Vig reminded him that John Lennon himself had frequently dubbed his vocals on his songs. Cobain eventually dubbed almost every track on the album.
Kurt Cobain got the idea for the cover while watching a report on childbirth in water. Employees of Geffen , the record label, wanted to hide the boy's penis in the photo to avoid controversy. Cobain then asserted that his only compromise would be to issue a warning: “If this offends you, you must be a potential pedophile.”
As Nirvana enjoyed a meteoric rise after Nevermind's release, Metallica faxed them a glowing message as follows:
“We like Nirvana very much. Nevermind is the best album this year.