Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: A note about Nirvana’s “In Bloom”

“In Bloom” was one of the big singles from Nirvana’s 1991 album, Nevermind. The song came together sometime in 1989, first as a fast hardcore-type song. Kurt Cobain later slowed it down and added a few more pop elements to it. What you may not know is that Kurt wrote it as a way of dissing a certain type of fan he did not want: the testosterone-load jock sort that used to torture Kurt when he was younger.

“In Bloom” pokes fun at the alpha male rock fan who also loves to shoot off his guns. What’s weird, though, is that the song predicted what was about to happen. Those jock types started showing up at Nirvana shows, much to Kurt’s dismay.

Then there was Kurt’s own fascination with guns. And we all know how that played out, right?

Alan Cross

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