Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Baby's Name is Bob... Get it?

1991, David Geffen
produced by Butch Vig

Kurt Cobain - guitars, vocals,
Kris Novoselic - bass, vocals
Dave Grohl - drums, vocals

singles -

  • Smells Like Teen Spirit/ Drain You/ Even in His Youth/ Aneurysm
  • Come as You are/ Endless Nameless/ School/ Drain You
  • Lithium/ Been a Son/ Curmudgeon/ D-7
  • In Bloom/ Sliver/ Polly
Today is Kurt Cobain's birthday.  or, it would have been, had he made some better decisions.  Anyway, he would have turned 46 today.  This album was Nirvana's breakout hit record.  It is their second record, first with Dave Grohl, and the album that created the need for the music industry to invent a new genre (grunge) as well as propel the Seattle scene and alternative music in general into pop culture.  Also note, the singles are more like little EPs than actual singles, something that was a big deal in the early '90s and then kind of fell out of favor.  Speaking of falling out of favor, the trendy "secret" song was also a big deal back then.

After listening to this album, and Nirvana in general, it is pretty obvious to me now the influence American Hardcore had on the band and pretty confusing to me why the record industry had to coin a new phrase for this particular brand of noise-punk.  They are very much like the Pixies, and Flipper, Sonic Youth, and Black Flag far more than other Seattle based bands of the time, like Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam.

I listened to this record in middle school.  I owned a copy, but, also, it was everywhere, on the radio, television, etc, pretty hard to ignore.  I had to buy it twice, my first copy was stolen.  The entire album is pretty impressive.  Territorial Pissings is a weird ass track, but that hardly takes away from the other solid garage sound of the rest of the album.  

I think, like a lot of people around my age, this was the first major celebrity death that I actually cared about.  Followed shortly by Jerry Garcia.  I remember where I was when I was told of his suicide, outside of school, waiting for the doors to open.  Which, I guess would probably be true of most 6th grade kids at the time.  

Nevermind was #17 on Rolling Stone's list of top 500 albums of all time and on Virgin's top 1000.  It is ranked #2 on VH1's top 100, and #3 on Mojo's top 100, and #4 on the Guardian's top 100.  

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