Twenty-five years ago, this sort of scene was fairly common. But come September 24, 1991, everything for Nirvana–and music–would change as the result of Nevermind.
I remember playing the song on the air for the first time. I was doing middays at CFNY (soon to be renamed the Edge) when a friend walked in with a CD single. “Put this on next,” he said. It was 11:40 on a Tuesday morning.
I’d never heard “Teen Spirit” before, but within 10 seconds I remember thinking “JEEZUS CHRIST! WHAT IS THIS?” The phones started ringing immediately. Nothing was the same after that.