KMA2242 Nirvana – Nevermind

I revisited this record, recently. What can I say about it that hasn’t already been said? Exactly. So here are 80 words to try to cover it…

It’s where Nirvana rocketed into the stratosphere. Certified Diamond and still selling today. There were four singles, but shoulda been a ton more. Arguably, it’s the record that brought ‘grunge’ and ‘alternative’ kicking and moping into the limelight.

I still prefer the raw blast of Bleach, but it’s pretty damn hard to argue with this one, top to bottom. It is perfectly recorded, perfectly crafted, a one in a million moon shot that exceeded all expectations. Epochal.

Posted on 2017-02-23, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. Pretty much sums it up my man. While I do love Bleach and its untuned godliness, Nevermind really can’t be beat for me, In Bloom, man! Great lil’ write up.
    Milo.

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  2. Although I went off Nirvana for a while, I’m back & I agree, it’s one that could have spawned even more singles.
    It’s the non-single/coulda been a single tracks that are likely my faves (Drain You, On a Plain, Breed)!

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  3. Allright….so I was a 80’s Metal casualty trying to to hop aboard the Grunge Bus in early 92(I was 23). It was fun discovering a whole new genre but I took it in bits and piece’s….Pearl Jam with 10 was a great album! Soundgarden with Bad Motor Finger just blew my socks off the first time I heard Jesus Christ Pose.
    Now Nirvana was the interesting choice for me. I jumped on the Bandwagon and joined in with Nevermind! HAHAHA…In Utero as well I was onboard and that was that….My dabbling with Nirvana lasted for a few years….
    Having said that I liked watching live footage with Cobain in that tattered Cardigan and the destruction of there shows….
    Ok what i’m saying is Soundgarden for me was the best of the bunch. Cornell just hollered to a whole other level….easily in my Top 5 All Time Rock Singers….

    As You Were…..

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    • Awesome comment Deke! I’m glad some of the grungers could get to an old rocker like you haha! Yup, 10 and BMF were killers.

      Have you ever tried Bleach? It’s quite a bit more raw and awesome.

      Also, I imagine Alice In Chains would’ve done you right too? 🙂

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      • Well of course I had seen AIC’s open for Halen in Nov of 91! They were the exact opposite of Party Rock Halen thats for sure! With them I bought Facelift and Dirt and than bolted….
        Think there was a 2 album max deal with me and these bands…haha…except for Soundgarden!

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  4. I understand what Geoff is saying – I went off Nirvana for a bit. Probably spent too long listening to them when I was younger. I don’t revisit this one much these days. My ‘go to’ Nirvana records are Bleach and In Utero.

    That being said, I’d agree with you that there are so many great songs on here. Hard to argue with the likes of Lounge Act, Drain You, In Bloom… but I don’t think it’s perfectly recorded. It’s a wee bit too slick with it’s rounded corners and all. I think the live versions of the tracks have more bite and the Sub Pop In Bloom with Chad is better. Guess that’s why Bleach and In Utero are my go to albums…

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  5. One of my favourite albums (and bands) of all time. As much as I love Bleach, Nevermind trumps it for me. Sometimes I think about what I’d give to see them in concert… unfortunately Kurt was dead before I was born.

    https://tenmoreminutesblog.wordpress.com

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    • Hey NocturnalJen, you’re right, Nevermind can also beat Bleach some days for me, too. I suppose maybe I say Bleach because I heard it first? I dunno. Anyway, I was in high school when this came out (yup I’m old) and I remember the shock wave it sent through music fans. As for seeing them in concert, I never got the chance, though I don’t suppose I tried all that hard. And then he was gone. Thanks for Reading!

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    • Also, as my lovely wife pointed out, this wasn’t my main taste in music when I was in high school. I was the jazz kid. So while I certainly heard Nirvana and Pearl Jam and all that other stuff back then, I was more likely to be jamming some Louis Armstrong Hot 5s And 7s or Harry Connick, Jr. Plus we lived in a small town 3 hours from Toronto (the nearest likely spot they’d have played), so getting to a gig wasn’t really in the cards. Anyway. Thanks!

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