This September 24, it will be 25 years since the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind. To put that into perspective, the interval between its release and today will be the same as the release between the Beatles’ Revolver and Nevermind. And lest we forget, it was 22 years ago that Kurt Cobain died.
Krist Novselic penned this for Rolling Stone wherein he ponders the album’s significance.
It’s amazing how that record just captures the imagination. It holds up. People are still interested in Nirvana; they’re interested in Kurt Cobain. It’s enduring. And it owes so much to so many bands that came before us. It all just kind of came together with punk and pop and melody and a lot of energy.
Also at the time when that record came out, it seemed like things shifted. Maybe we’ll see something like that in our culture again, maybe something will happen with this election. People want something different. We’ll see.
With Nirvana, people wanted something different musically. In 1991, there was no Number One rock record the whole year before Nevermind. It’s, like, was rock dead? But rock wasn’t dead. It just got reinvented into grunge or alternative, heavy metal, hard rock and punk, art rock – this mishmash of influences. It all came together to make a lot of different music. But the thing is there was a different sensibility, or a realignment. Maybe we’re due for that again.
Maybe that kind of change we’re due for is not musical – maybe it’s political. You can ask, “Why are people turning to Trump or Sanders?” Maybe if we don’t give into the poison of partisanship and we just step back a little and just think about things, maybe everybody has more in common than they think.
Read the entire article here. (Via Rob) Meanwhile:
- It was 22 years ago today…
- “In Bloom” is enjoying some kind of resurgence.
- And what are the 10 best Nirvana songs? These?