Nirvana were one of the greatest alternative rock bands of all time. They touched a generation of outsiders and misfits and continue to do so. Kurt Cobain's gravelly angst-ridden yet tender vocals together with Grohl's metronome timing (drums) and Novoselic's heavy bass made for a unique sound. No band has come close to sounding anything like this since.
Kurt was a sensitive Piscean who had a troubled childhood. He would often blame the latter for his problems in adult life. He also suffered with an undiagnosed stomach problem which caused nausea, fatigue, pain and vomiting.
Kurt would collect strange and wonderful objects from flea-markets and display them in his home. He was always obsessed with bodily functions, seahorses and dolls. He would draw these and reference them in his songs.
Unfortunately, Kurt became heavily addicted to heroin and this, coupled with his poor mental health, led to his early death in 1994 at the age of 27. He ended his life by shooting himself in his garage after having been missing for a while.
He left behind his widow Courtney Love (of band Hole) and daughter Frances Bean Cobain.
Cobain: "punk rock means freedom".
Nirvana were a grunge band from Aberdeen, Washington that were formed in 1987 by frontman Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic.
Bleach was the first studio album released by Nirvana and didnt't do very well peaking at 65th in the US album chart and only selling 30,000 copies. However, when Nevermind was released and became a massive success, bleach sold a lot more copies after fans discovered the Nirvana's debut album. Nevermind was released in 1991 and was very successful soaring to the top of the album charts. Smells Like Teen Spirit was the first single to be released off the album and was top of the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks and has since been hailed as one of the greatest ever rock songs. In Utero was the final album to be released but wasn't particularly successful. In 1994 lead singer Kurt Cobain tragically committed suicide which was the end of Nirvana.
With the release of the long-awaited Nirvana With The Lights Out CD/DVD Box Set almost upon us, I thought it was about time I wrote a piece on my favourite band, chronicling everything from the band to the albums, the success to the failure
. And of course, the final moments !
What Nirvana gave me was the unrivalled joy of their music, the unrivalled adoration for their front man, the unrivalled attention to rock music, and then the unrivalled sadness of that day in 1994. Every year it comes round, that day when Cobain put that shotgun in his mouth and pulled the trigger. Despite that not being my beliefs as to what happened, I wish to steer clear of that topic because I simple cant handle it right now. Whether you like the punk edge Bleach, the epic Nevermind or the raw In Utero, Nirvana catered for all tastes, and even the people that believe them to be over-rated, can do nothing but respect what the band did for rock music in the 90s. As leaders of the grunge movement with the likes of Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains, Nirvana were always at the front of the pack, whether that be for their image, their music or whatever, simply put . Nirvana are the greatest rock band of all time, and Im proud to say that.
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The Band -
Dave Grohl, without doubt one of the finest drummers to ever grace the music world, had his moments with Nirvana, yet has shown his true calibre as part of the Foo Fighters. Having joined the band after a succession of other drummers had failed to meet the Cobain criteria, these including one Chad Channing, Grohl made the sticks his own, and went on to hammer out tunes from the legendary Nevermind and In Utero in the process. With it being a near impossibility to, at one time or another, fall out with Cobain, Grohl was threatened on more than one occasion with exclusion from the band, something that in hindsight may not have hurt him as much as it seemed. Since the end of Nirvana, Grohl has gone on to, in his own right, be as big as Cobain, proving that not only can he hammer the skins, but is a well respected figure within the business. Hell, as much as it pains me to say it, if you discount Cobains media attention, then some will see Grohl as a bigger name, and one thats gone about his business in the most professional manner possible since 1994, and that fateful day.
Aside from Grohl and Cobain, stood a huge figure of a man, and one that didnt, as far as Im concerned, receive half as much attention as he should have done. Krist Novoselic, now a political book writer, was by far the personality of the band, cracking jokes at house partys they played, bringing humour to the gigs, and all round lightening the mood from all the bad press surrounding Kurt. If ever a band were to have an unsung hero, then Novoselic was without doubt that such person. Playing as pivotal part in the success as either Cobain or Grohl, yet getting little to no attention for it, was something that he came to live with by the final years. Since the downfall of the band in 94, Novoselic has gone on to rather fall flat with attempts at starting other bands, and has decided to turn his hand to politics, with a book release due very soon.
What can I say eh, the icon for generation X, the greatest front man to ever live, the finest songwriter ever seen, the greatest man in living memory. Kurt Donald Cobain, born in to a very dysfunctional family, had to endure everything from beatings, hatred, family divorce and a hat full of other things, and that was all before his tenth birthday. A man that would write the most incredible songs ever, and give them an edge that no one else could get close too, the mother of Smells Like Teen Spirit .. says it all really. Marriage to that (personal opinion here) hateful b*tch Courtney Love, undoubtedly the final nail in the Cobain coffin, leaving behind a child with a dead father and a mother that is so far off the rails, its untrue. And without saying any more I will end with R.I.P.
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The Albums -
Bleach (1989) .. Undoubtedly the most under-rated of all Nirvanas work, Bleach fused Kurts influences with the first signs of his song writing talent, producing songs like the incredible Sliver. On a personal note, this is probably my least favoured Nirvana work, simple because of the punk edge it holds, not being a preference of mine. Of course many, including myself, will say that had it not been for the breakthrough that Bleach gave the band, would there have ever been the mighty success that was to follow over the next five years. Sighting bands such as the Beatles and Sonic Youth as idols, Cobain tried his hardest to convey those bands through his own work, writing to bands like Sonic Youth to ask for input into his writing. The book Journals clearly shows Cobains interest in other bands, with numerous unsent letters being reported through its pages.
Nevermind (1991) .. After 13 years I find that Ive run out of words to describe the beauty of this, Nirvanas second, and greatest album. Everything Cobain wanted to convey, the anger, the hate, the frustration for the world around him, comes out through the twelve tracks here. Something In The Way, the tale of Cobains time living under the Wishkah river bridge, is a soothing acoustic message of frustration at not being part of a settled household, whilst watching the world simply pass him by. Reports do suggest however, that Cobains gave preference to In Utero over Nevermind, simply due to In Uteros rawer production, something Cobain always favoured with his music.
Incesticide (1992) .. Having thrown Nevermind at the world, as well as its subsequent millions upon millions of sales, Nirvana came straight back at us with Incesticide, a collection of rarities and B-sides. Without doubt there are a couple of great tunes to be found here (Sliver, Been A Son), but the majority just come across as a rush release to cash in on the previous years success. Geffen, renowned for watering Kurt for everything he was worth, seem to have just lost the plot with the pure idea of this release, one that I believe should have waited a while.
In Utero (1993) .. If you believe reports then this is Cobains baby, the record he wanted, raw and in you face rock. Personal preference will always lean to Nevermind, but if this is what the mad scientist wanted, he sure got it. Of course the obvious reference will be to the epic Heart Shaped Box and rightly so, yet there are great tracks left, right and centre. Serve The Servants and Scentless Apprentice, just to name a couple, as well as the brilliant Rape Me. Rape Me, a track that was banned in US chain Wall Mart, talks of the rape of Cobain as a person, being shed of all his thoughts and feelings by the music business.
MTV Unplugged (1994) .. Personally, the greatest single performance ever done in the history of rock. I dont care for your Hendrix, your Beatles or your Rolling Stones, this is all about Nirvana, and more precisely, Kurt Cobain. Sat there, a real picture in his cardie perched on his rotating chair, he ran through tracks both by Nirvana and also a couple of covers by Leadbelly and Bowie. Odd thing being that the most memorably here are in fact the two covers, particularly Where Did You Sleep Last Night with its wailing Cobain scream, as if sucking the final life from him. Words simply loose me to describe this, with any positive word under the sun being of reasonable reference, and simply it should be the music that does the talking . Not me.
From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah (1996) .. With Cobain now a distant memory, the intended second part of the MTV/Muddy Banks double pack was released. A collection chosen solely by surviving members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, undoubtedly the two best men for the job. The production is so sound that you can barely tell that the recordings are in fact from differing performances, something that makes the record that bit more perfect. Where MTV Unplugged is the emotional side of Kurt coming to play, Muddy Banks is every bit of passion, anger and fury being thrown at you in the best way, through their music.
Nirvana (2002) .. The greatest hits package, released after a long court battle with Courtney Love, brings together the hits, along with a new, and fantastic surprise. You Know Youre Right, eventually to become one of their most talked about tunes, is another dose of Cobain anger, recorded during the final studio session that Nirvana would ever have, and also the final new song they would ever record. The simple black cover with silver lettering, shows if you like, the man that Cobain was, simple yet effective !
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The Man And His Lyrics -
Despite the drugs, the dissent and the self loathing, what Kurt Cobain was, was a lyrical genius who always got his message across, even if at first glance it made little sense. Songs like Serve The Servants, with its clear message that as hard as he tried to have a father, all he ever got was a dad. Wanting the father that would love him and give him the attention he so badly needed, and instead getting an abusive wreck that played more than his part in destroying Cobains self-thought, his mind and his soul ..
I tried hard to have a father, but instead I had a dad
Quite why is still beyond me, but Cobains love for Courtney Ill ruin your life Love, made him write a song, one that would become one of the most talked about in history, Heart Shaped Box. The song is based almost exclusively around Cobain and his feelings for Love. One line says everything about how much he loved her and what length he would have gone to for her ..
I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black
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What Nirvana were, was a band that didnt give a f*ck if you liked them, didnt give a f*ck if you hated them, and quite frankly didnt give a f*ck about you. All Cobain set out to do was to get his message across, whether to a club full of 10 people, or a stadium filled with 10,000, he got it across and thats all that mattered to him. Forgetting the odd moment of unrivalled joy, Cobains life was a mess, a nightmare, and one with which he made good for himself. Family abandonment, fall out with friends or arguments with Courtney, it was part and parcel of Kurts life, and without it that simply wouldnt feel right. Undoubtedly two of the finest studio albums ever made in Nevermind and In Utero, who knows what the future may have brought had it not been for the incident in 94, but we will never know, but theres still the memories !
You ve probaly just got home from work, looked at the title of my opinion and now are waiting to read about how brilliant Nirvana are. Well I can't deny the fact they are brilliant, but, just how good are they. Are they legends of all time, Legends of a period of time or just overated. I pesonally consider them legends of all time, but I am going to explore each of the categories I ve just set. Nirvana changed the face of Rock. Some might say they worsened the face of Rock. But to a lot they were a fresh, much needed change from Metal. Grunge, what is it, I did a small survey to find out what people thought of Grunge. Many said 'it was moany metal' but the majority said 'it was in between Rock and Punk but with heavily depressing Lyrics'. I have to disagree with both. Grunge is not depressing! Listen to Smells like teen spirit and tell me its Moaning. You can't do it. I would have to say though that That song is the best Nirvana did. What they were famous for so it cant be that bad in the depressing category. My final note though Nirvana had something for all they had something for absolutey everyone.Find another band that has something for all and I will be quite surprised. (please rate kindly this is my 1st attempt on Dooyoo. Also if you would like a follow up of this article contact me, It was a bit short)
The time is the beginning of the nineties and music was stale, we had the likes of Vanilla Ice bashing out corporate whiteboy rap music to the masses and everything in america was seen to be A-OK. However underneath there was a generation of young people who weren't happy with their lot. Then along came the 'grunge' scene with many bands breaking out of the whole 'Seattle' idea. The likes of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Alice In Chains etc all contributed some great songs but there was always one band who were at the forefront and still in the grand scale of things now remain an incredible influence. That band were Nirvana who blew up the music scene in 1991 with their first album for a major label. That album was called Nevermind and thanks a great deal in part to MTV, the first single 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' was a huge hit. People started picking up guitars and actually started to like real music again. Frontman Kurt Cobain was seen as a rock icon, the product of a broken home. Cobain's life hadn't been plain sailing. He moved from one home to the next, occasionally being homeless but he always had his music. He formed a band with friend Krist Novaselic and roped in a few other friends. Together they produced an album called 'Bleach' that was cut for under $700 and was a very raw piece of rock music with a few hints at genius. It wasn't until Dave Grohl joined on drums that the band would come into their own. With his agressive drumming style Grohl gave the band a whole new dimension in sound and soon Geffen was knocking on the door. 'Teen Spirit' is without an excellent simple song that really hit a nerve with it's video and unmistakeable riff. It almost wasn't the first single and only the insistance of producer Butch Vig made it so. The band were now in demand and further singles and the fact that the album was breath of fresh air proppelled sale to multi platinum
status. But this success had it's price. Cobain had drug problems in the past and now the added pressure saw him taking more to cope. The band was doing heavy touring and the whole grunge phenomena was gaining momentum. Jurt would also meet and marry fellow musician Courtaney Love who also had a troubled lifestyle. A daughter Frances Bean would soon follow and it appeared that this arrival calmed Cobain down. In the meantime a collection of B-Sides and un-released material hit record stores labelled 'Incesticide'. People were also checking out 'Bleach'. This was a stop gap to new material and in 1993 the album 'In Utero' was released and saw a change in sound. This album reflected the bands attitude to their success but also showed real progression. There was a lot of anger, aggression and raw sound. But amongst that was some sublime acoustic moments as well as some stuff that expande on nevermind's punk pop sound. Who would have known that a year later things would be different. The years since Nevermind had seen Cobain play shows on drugs, there was a severe overdose that hit the news on one occasion whilst another near OD would see Cobain still play a show with nobody noticing. The Love/Cobain relationship was a bit of a tabloid treat. In 1994 Cobain went missing, people were worried and their worse fears were confirmed a few days later. Cobain was found dead from a self inflicted shotgun wound. the pressure had got too much and music had lost a great soul. To me Nirvana are one of the greats that in years to come will still have their records bought in numbers. Their influence is still there in the bands today who play at your local gigs. I'm sure most of them will have played some Nirvana songs in a set at one point. One of my regrets in life is that I wasn't old enough to ever see them play live, I'll never get the opportunity. Documentaries have cast doubt on the validit
y of Cobains death, murder has been claimed and their certainly is some facts to back this up. I happen to think that if maybe Cobain had just got away for a few years then maybe he'd still be around but instead he's joined the ranks of Hendrix and Lennon as an icon who went too soon. Now of course Grohl has the Foo Fighters and has gone onto some good sucess with that band as well as doing a film score. Noveselic has a small project called Sweet 75 that spawned one decent album. Now the pair have just played together for Grohl's solo project and maybe one day we'll finally see that rumoured Nirvana box set that's always been rumoured. So when you're listening to your Papa Roach, Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Blink 182 etc just look at the influence and remember with the lights out it's less dangerous.
if you havnt got more than four of their albums you shouldn't deem yourself a rock fan. - Advantages: gain a greater understading of the world, hear the band that shaped a generation, realise your true meaning in life (i know i did) - Disadvantages: Depression, realisatoin that gods can die
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Best thing to come out of Nirvana was the exit wound. They have got to be the most overated band of all time. They write terrible lyrics and David Grohl is their only salvation being the most talented musician amongst them. Structurally the songs are so badly written often without a good bridge structure. They are also very repetitive. The only reason they are so popular is because of heroin/cocaine addict Kurt Cobains suicide. Nirvana is responsible for the unwashed teenage element which can often be seen hanging around our streets at night. I could never understand how grunge could become a fashion. There are kids out there who can't even remember what shampoo is for. Kurt Cobain is the worlds worst singer. They are single handedly responsible for the despicable music scene of today due to their popularity. One day their fan base will grow up and get into good music. Nirvana weren't even the godfathers of Grunge. They weren't the first grunge band by a long shot. That prize goes to Chris Cornells band Soundgarden, who disbanded on the pinacle of their success with Black Hole Sun. It's a pity the bullet never ricocheted and got that bloody awful Courtney Love at the same time.
It’s just hit me. I am sitting here at 2:40am and it has just hit me. Can it really be seven years ago? Seven whole years?! I have days when I can do nothing but listen to Nirvana. Nothing else will do. Yesterday was like that. I spent it flipping from album to album, single to single. They brought back happy memories of drunken dancing with friends at university. We would hear the opening chords and just fly to the middle of the dance floor, elbowing all the boys out the way and smiling inanely as we thrashed around in time to the melodic screaming. Sometimes I can’t listen. It hurts; it’s an actual pain, a wild sweeping of nausea. I just want to scream out “WHY aren’t you here anymore?” My God I miss him. I miss them all. I miss running to get the latest magazine or newspaper with something, anything about Nirvana in it. I miss the hungriness of waiting for the latest release and all the gossip and rumour about the new tracks, the lyrics, the insider-knowledge gleaned by some lucky journalist. The day before yesterday was like that. I was aimlessly flicking through magazines in WH Smiths in my lunch break, and ‘All Apologies’ came on the in store radio. It was akin to being struck by lightning. I actually felt routed to the spot, as if the whole shop and everyone else in it had disappeared. The only two things in the world were that song, and me and I just had to get away. I am fully aware how irrational this may sound, but you have to understand that I have always found that song difficult to listen to. There is also the fact that no other band has affected me so deeply as Nirvana. I really can’t imagine there ever will be. That’s not to say I don’t love all sorts of other music, or that I can’t ever appreciate the music that other bands will make in the future – I have a wide-ranging musical taste, eclectic doe
sn’t even cover the half of it. It’s just that Nirvana are MY band. You know? I think we all have a band that we will always go back to – a band you had to keep replacing the tapes of, at first (remember tapes? ;-) because they spooled up and got chewed and worn out through continuous usage, or the records got all scratched or stolen. Then you got the whole back catalogue on CD because they were supposedly indestructible (heh, I remember reading that when CD’s first got popular. Indestructible? Yeah, right….); but then they got scratched or broken or lost. That special band, that I hope we all have, they serve a great purpose in our lives. We can find tracks to suit our every mood. They bring back snapshots of The Good Times, or can send us snivelling under the duvets as we lament The Dour Grimness of Life, and all those hulking great philosophical conundrums we usually back away from, but find acceptable to confront through music. Nirvana are that band for me. Should I say ‘were’? I don’t think I will ever get used to that past-tense phrasing. Anyway, it doesn’t apply, because as I’m still listening, and they still affect me, so it’s present tense all the way, baby. So there I was, stupefied amongst the glossies, and part of me wanting to stay and savour the whole song, but the greatest part of me saying “Get out of this shop now before you do something humiliatingly stupid like burst into tears!” So I left rather hurriedly and went for a strong coffee to calm me down, in the irrational manner of a habitual coffee drinker. It’s now 3:54 and this is taking a long time to write. Well, I suppose that’s okay, because I have been waiting to write it for ages now. Every time I sit down and start to type, I get all confused and think of several hundred Dooyoo opinions I could write that wouldn’t mess with my head in the way this one
has been trying to. I have to keep stopping and wondering what to say next that makes any sense whatsoever to you poor, bewildered readers. Assuming anyone has bothered to read this far, of course… Well anyway, today it hit me, as I said in the opening paragraph of this ramble, and for anyone wondering what the ‘it’ was – Kurt Cobain killed himself on 5th April 1994. Today marks the seven-year anniversary of that dreadful day. I try not to think about that date much, and I have never exactly marked it before apart from tipping my metaphorical hat and wishing him well. I prefer not to dwell on the whole sickening turmoil of that time, focusing instead on the wonderful music, that still sounds as fresh to me today as it did when I first heard it. But it really hit me hard this morning, and I’m not sure what triggered the remembering. At the moment I’m thinking of going to this really beautiful church near me and lighting a candle and sitting still for a little while and just thinking. The last time I went to church I was ten years old and in the choir (all rosy-cheeked and innocent), and that wasn’t my choosing I can tell you! Would I be a hypocrite? Do vicars creep up on you and try to convert you as you dally on the doorsteps of their scared spaces? Maybe I wont even go, but it is such a beautiful church, and hey I could get all gothed-up and sweep about in that velvet cloak I got ages ago but have been too embarrassed to wear outdoors. Maybe not. Maybe I should just switch up the stereo and bounce around off the walls of my flat whilst guzzling vodka and handfuls of chocolate, I’m sure the neighbours would appreciate that little gesture. At least my boyfriend will be here to share whatever erratic mood swings come my way. He’s asleep right now, and I keep looking over from the messy desk where I’m typing this, to him all curled up in the be
d sheets. I have Kurt to thank for introducing us to each other, as it happens. Not literally, of course, although that would have been nice…We met because one of the first things I did when I heard about Kurt’s death was write an article for this national magazine I sometimes contributed to – the much missed ‘Zine’ Magazine – which was kind of an early print form Dooyoo. It was written entirely by contributions from the readers, on whatever subject they felt like ranting about. So I wrote this article mourning the loss of one of the 20th Century’s greatest talents, and really it was a cathartic exercise (as this is, in a way) because that’s what I do when something upsets me – I write about it furiously and then face it a few days later. The magazine printed my article (which both thrilled and appalled me as I had admitted my own suicidal periods of the past for the very first time, and my mother read them and panicked and my friends walked over eggshells with me, which I hated, and…well that’s a whole other opinion…); and I had the most amazing response. Hundreds of people wrote to me, via the magazine! One morning, the postman delivered a literal sack of mail and I sat in my bedroom in my penguin pyjamas opening all these letters telling me they empathised and had been going through the same emotions. It touched me and helped a lot, at the time. I still write to a lot of them, now, although many of our pen-friendships kind of petered out, but one letter struck me the most. This bloke and I kind of ‘clicked’ and had the same taste in just about everything, and sent books and tapes and t-shirts to each other. We wrote every single day, and everyone around us thought we were mad. I definitely didn’t want a relationship with him (so I convinced myself ;-) and so I refused to give him my phone number (I detest talking on t
he phone, anyway) and would no way agree to us meeting. I loved this little fantasy world we had, and was sure if we took it further it would all come crumbling down like a sand castle destroyed by the incoming tide. Plus, we’d exchanged photos, and he was gorgeous and I thought he’d take one look at me and run for the hills. He told me he thought I was pretty, but obviously I attributed that to flattery – what else could he say? Why am I telling you this? God, I don’t know. This isn’t what I intended to write at all. A year later, when I moved into a flat with my two best friends from university, he drove all the way from Nottingham to Windsor and back, just to leave a trail of little plastic horses all the way up the wrought-iron steps that led to our front door. Each horse had a speech bubble taped to its mouth that said things like “We love Suzy!”, “Suzy is our favourite person in the whole world!” and “We are your new little friends, darling Suzy!” He didn’t knock at the door, as he knew I would hate to be put in the position of an enforced meeting. He drove all that way and did that (leaving a large box of choccies, a huge bunch of white lilies and a Nirvana bootleg CD I’d been trying to track down for ages, too, I should add) and he didn’t even knock at the door. My flatmates were freaked out when they found it the next morning – they even wanted me to call the bomb squad as the choccies looked ‘suspicious’! Well, it was a bit weird, but then he is weird (in a good way), and I’m a bit odd myself – it’s one of the reasons we clicked I suppose. So eventually I had to admit I had sort of fallen in love with him, and we met, and it turned out he’d sort of fallen in love with me, too, and that was that. We moved in together a few weeks later and haven’t been apart since. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
h! Vomit inducing, isn’t it? If Kurt hadn’t killed himself, I would never have written that article, and my boyfriend would never have read that issue of the magazine (which he’d never read before, and only picked up because it had a picture of Kurt on the front), then we would never have met. I would have missed out on the love of my life. Isn’t that awful? But wonderful, at the same time, because it meant that at least one good thing came from his tragic death, that I know about. I think the reason I can’t listen to All Apologies (or at least, only rarely) is because it reminds me how I felt when I first heard the news (delivered by mum, of all people!) I had been shut away in my room all day, writing an essay, and she came up and sat on my bed next to me and took my hand. It was really odd, and I thought she was going to tell me my step-dad had had another heart attack. She knew how much Nirvana and Kurt meant to me, and she tried to tell me delicately. She’d just heard it herself, on the news. I said “Oh.” I had seen it coming, all those mysterious days of him going missing and police searches. You just had this awful seasickness feeling in the pit of your stomach and knew it was going to end in tears. I asked her to leave the room, and ever so calmly began to flip through radio stations, trying to find a news programme, or just some other voices talking about it, so I would know it was true. I couldn’t find anything, and got so frustrated I could have hurled the radio out the window. I needed to hear it, and finally did. I’m not sure now, but it might have been Radio One. I caught it mid conversation, this woman was saying, “So it’s true then, it’s him, it’s been confirmed?” And a man’s voice answered, “Yes.” And I didn’t need to hear them say his name; I just knew what they were talking about. I listened for a l
ong time after that, all these frantic fans calling in and crying. It was all so unreal, the room was freezing cold, and I couldn’t do anything except listen. Perhaps you are reading this and thinking I over-reacted, and I’d never met him, so what did it have to do with me? Well, again I have to say; I didn’t just ‘like’ Nirvana, and I don’t just ‘like’ their songs. They speak to me in a way that no other songs have done. They moved me, inspired me, made me laugh, made me boo my eyes out, made me jump up and down, made me scream, made me happy. They still do. I will probably be an old Granny some day; moshing in the pension queue if a Nirvana song comes on the radio and saying “They don’t write them like that anymore…ah, they were proper songs!” If someone asks me to name my favourite album of all time, I’m a bit stuck. It’s a Nirvana one, of course, no points there I’m afraid. But which one? Some days it’s Nevermind, as that’s the one my friend lent me at college, that made me an immediate fan. Listening to that album was like coming home. It was so right! It fitted me like a glove. Other days it has to be In Utero, as the lyrics are amazing, and the shifty brilliance of the guitars and melodies never fails to amaze me. Some other days it’s Bleach, for the raw power of the songs and the energy that seems to spark off the album as you listen to it. Ask me the next day and I might tell you it’s Incesticide or Hoarmoaning or Unplugged, or On the Muddy Banks… I suppose it all has to do with the mood I am in when I’m listening. That’s why I love Nirvana so much, and why I never get bored of listening to them. 5:54am now, and the birds twittering outside my window. Good gracious, his has been a weird opinion, if you can call it that. Thank you, those plucky few who have stayed with me to the bitter end. I
suppose those ‘All Apologies’ should be mine, now. Sorry. I just want to say, thank you Kurt and Krist and Dave. Three geniuses. Thanks especially to Kurt, who turned out to be a matchmaker. Miss you lots.
I'd just like to say that I've bin a Nirvana fan for a large percentage of my life and I (think) i have every one of their albums. I'm only 13, but still, I have listened to Nirvana from the early days when Nevermind was becoming popular. Being My first Nirvana album, Nevermind was always my favourite and of coarse it had such works of genius as 'Come as you are', 'Lithium' and of coarse Nirvana's most popular single to date, 'Smells like teen spirit'. My sister used to buy copies of Nirvana Legacy, which i would read. This is what started my passion for the band's music. Kurt Cobain's distinct vocals and the fast-pace heavy drumming from Dave Grohl is what really makes Nirvana's music unique in a feild of many rock bands. They have influenced millions and their legacy will live on forever! I advise anyone to go out and buy any of Nirvana's albums, even if you don't like rock/grunge music the Genius works of Nirvana may inspire you to like it!
Even though Curt Cobain has gone the band have left brilliant music in the form of six albums which are excellent listening. My favorite album by Nivarna at the moment is never mind because of it excellent quality songs. Such songs as Smells Like Teen Spirit, Come As You Are, Lithium and Lounge Act are prime examples of the quality that has been put into to these song. If you like Nivarna and you don’t have this album buy it, it is a must have with 12 great songs and one secret track at the end. The tracks: 1) Smells Like Teen Spirit: Probably there best known and famous song it is blinder. With the all famous guitar riff. 2) In bloom: A great song with a brilliant riff to it. 3) Come as you are: Another fairly famous song, which has a great guitar start to it. 4) Breed: Has a good guitar and drum intro then goes into Nivarna mode, which is good. 5) Lithium: This is a brilliant song, which is slower than the rest but gets heavy in the chorus. 6) Polly: An acoustic piece, which is very good it has no drums but has the bass. A more meloyed out piece. 7) Territorial Pissings: A very fast track, which is good and has a lot of shouting in it. 8) Drain You: not my favorite track but none the least a good track. 9) Lounge Act: One of my favorite tracks because of the brilliant bass intro and also has a great chorus. 10) Stay Away: Has a fast drum intro followed but the bass for a good song. 11) On a Plain: Not my favorite track as I find it slightly boring compared to the others. 12) Something In The Way: A slow start and stays slow throughout the whole song. Thank you for reading Leave Comments and tell me how I can make my opinion better.
In Nirvana, there is a new defintion in listening pleasure. This is the band which will have first-time listeners head banging within hours. The band consists of: Kurt Cobain - Treble Guitars/Lead vocals Krist Novoselic - Bass Guitars/vocals David Grohl - Drums/vocals Nirvana's first album was bleach, although with David Grohl not yet in the band, and Chad Cunning on drums, this album was very big in the Grunge underground. The brilliance of this album was not yet realised by most of the public. Although some say this album is too raw and unstructured, songs like "About a Girl", proved how they could be creative in a structured way. Their next album was recognised throughout the world, and Nirvana's brilliance was appreciated,Nevermind. Many soft rockers were impressed by this album and were drew to the world of grunge. Nirvana's goal was drawing closer, to introduce the world to the magic of grunge music. They did this by bringing grunge into a more commercial aspect. Their next album was In Utero, which was a mix between the commercialism in Nevermind, and the purer grunge in Bleach. In 1994, Nirvana performed for MTV, in "Unplugged in New York", this was a succes, as the cross over from heavy guitars do acoustics could end up humiliating, but Nirvna made some of their old songs sound even better. In 1994 however, Kurt Cobain commited suicide, by lodging a bullet in his head. The world mourned for the loss of an Artist, a Musician, and a Genius. Even if you don't like heavy rock, Nirvana will manage to draw you into a life of head banging, if you haven't listened to Nirvana, you haven't lived.
Nirvana may stake claim to just be the single greatest band ever. Maybe. Certainly, if Kurt Cobain had not committed suicide in early 1994, then this band's rise to the very top may have propelled them to even greater cult status. But as it is, Nirvana were cut short almost seven years ago; but not before releasing some of the best Seattle-grunge the world has ever known. Songs like "Lithium", "Smells Like Teen Spirit", and "Come As You Are" have gone down in history as all-time greats, but are played so often they still sound fresh and new each time they are played. In 1994, Nirvana recorded the superb MTV Unplugged concert, which was later released as an album, if I remember rightly, as a memorial for Kurt. This album contained acoustic versions of all their hits (excluding Teen Spirit) and was truly great. Before that, one of Nirvana's earlier works was "Nevermind", quite possibly the greatest album of all time. From the opening chord this album is just electrifying and when "Teen Spirit" just kicks in, you know you're in for a great album. And it doesn't disappoint. Apart from these though, Nirvana released several other albums; most notably, Bleach, Incesticide, and In Utero. The latter was recorded in the late days of the band and is clearly Kurt in a depressed state; although it is an exceptional album once again. Nirvana pioneered virtually all modern rock/punk bands, and must be rated up alongside The Sex Pistols and The Beatles as influences on bands today. If you like modern groups like Green Day, The Offspring, and the Foo Fighters in particular (Nirvana's bass player Dave Grohl fronts the band) then you simply must check out Nirvana.
nirvana are my favourite band, I love their music. It's such a pity Kurt Cobain is no longer here, if he was Nirvana would have been more admired than what they are. I feel sorry for Kurt, the life he endured, all this evident in his albums. His songs are all so meaningful. My favourite album is Unplugged in New York and Nevermind. My favourite song is Lakes Of fire. These songs were written by Kurt Cobain and are all so good, it's such a shame that this gifted artist had to die young. The album, which really put Nirvana on the world map, was Nevrmind and having listen to it I can see why. In April 1994, all nirvana fans heard of the tragic loss of Kurt Cobain which meant the end for the band. However the albums are still sold and the memory of Kurt Cobain lives on. A truly great band. I have written a poem about Kurt Cobain, and how he has effected so many people I sang along to those melancholies yet sometimes touching lyrics where melody collided with mayhem, Capturing our life’s so torn apart and true, We shared in your twisted angst, which carved like a knife so deep and blue, And as a rite of passage and acceptance, We wore those faded beyond repair denim jeans, And those thick coverings of several layers of jumper’s and cardigans with a million fag burns and holes in them at least, And our golden locks of hair we did not comb for endless days on end, And when our world calmed down, we saw ourselves as official member of the lost generation of grunge kids, Clusters of posters of you and your band plastered our outstretched ceiling, to which each rising morning we awoke, And like a new found, instrumental religion we clung to the immortal words you preached and spoke, And a spectacular array of magazines, T-shirts and memorabilia that screamed Kurt Cobain and Nirvana we bought. To us your albums trapped my generation together in fear of isolation yet at the same time alone in al
ienation, We played those ground breaking albums as an escape, fuelled in the knowledge we were young and free, We played them constantly, never tiring back and forth and back and forth, And whilst we like many others entered into the beautiful, atmospheric syndrome of ‘Teen Spirit’. You went home on a cold April day and put the bullet that held the key to infinity through your confused head, Leaving behind your tortured, draughty cold world unlatched and undone, And the desperate, destructive sound that to this day stands apart along with those frightfully cathartic lyrics, We mourned you for awhile but then moved on and left ‘Teen Spirit’ a world away in the past, So thank-you Kurt for the wicked, mind blowing experience It’s a shame the horizon in your drug fuelled eyes did not see the vision of a much bigger picture beyond the mist and fire too. This is a poem dedicated to any confused grunge kid! Going through teenage angst
Nirvana, a band known to many all around the world. Is there any point in me trying to tell you how good they are? Nirvana aka the prelude to Foo Fighters has always been a stunning and amazing band. The band was mostly noticed when they released the song "Smells like teen spirit" which was one of the songs which was a little softer than their usual "pennyroyal tea". Kurt Cobain, the lead singer was a legend and still is seeing as their music is still bought and listened to around the world. The unfortunate thing was, Kurt Cobain killed himself, putting an ultimate stop to anymore singles being released by this band with him as the lead singer. There is a difference between Nirvana and Foo Fighters and that is the songs are different because different singers wrote them and sang them. I have been a fan of this band for a good two years now roughly and I have never once gotten sick of their music, it is still as good today as it has ever been.