I turn on Nevermind, the first song is Smells Like Teen Spirit and I am instantly thrown back to my pre-teen years. I’m in grade school and many kids are listening to Nirvana and rocking Nirvana t-shirts.
Nevermind was actually released in 1991 which surprises me because Nirvana was so popular among my peers in the mid to late 90s. Curt Cobain had been dead for four years by the time I first heard Smells Like Teen Spirit. I was more of a BSB (Backstreet Boys) and Aqua girl, I didn’t hear a Nirvana song until Grade 9. Let the mocking begin!
I lived in Seattle for 10 years and I have even been to Aberdeen, the town Curt Cobain grew up in. I can see how the grunge movement started there, the Pacific Northwest is DEPRESSING!! With a capital ’D'!
Anyway, on to the music.
It was cool to listen to an album that came about during my time. I was on the end of the grunge movement, right before pop took off. I have enjoyed listening to the Beatles and Bob Dylan but it felt good to be in familiar territory with this album. Territory Pissings did have a shout out to the Beatles in the opening.
Interesting tidbit of information on the lyrics of this album, drummer Dave Grohl said that Cobain told him, “Music comes first and lyrics come second,” and Grohl believes that above all Cobain focused on the melodies of his songs. Cobain was still working on the album’s lyrics well into the recording of Nevermind. Additionally, Cobain’s phrasing on the album is often difficult to understand. This intrigued me because usually songs are based on the lyrics first.
I still have most of the songs from Nevermind on my ipod so listening to this album was not the learning experience the other albums have been but that’s okay, it felt good to sit back and enjoy the music.
My faves: Smells Like Teen Spirit, Come As You Are, Lithium, Drain You, Something in the Way
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