Here’s your reminder that Nirvana’s Nevermind was released 23 years ago today: September 24, 2014. Armed with new veteran producer Butch Vig and a happier outlook on life by Cobain, the songs were cleaner, catchier and much more accessible than its predecessor, Bleach (and definitely its successor). It also introduced a new drummer in Virginia’s own David Grohl, whose drumming was arguably as integral to Nirvana’s sound as Cobain’s songwriting.
It also changed rock music forever. Sure, the words mostly made absolutely no sense whatsoever, but I guess that’s the whole point.*
* One of the most amusing things from the Nirvana Wikipedia page is this tidbit about Cobain’s songwriting: Cobain told Spin in 1993 that he “didn’t give a flying fuck” what the lyrics on Bleach were about, figuring “Let’s just scream some negative lyrics and as long as they’re not sexist and don’t get too embarrassing it’ll be okay”, while the lyrics to Nevermind were taken from two years of poetry he had accumulated, which he cut up and chose lines he preferred from. In comparison, Cobain stated that the lyrics to In Utero were “more focused, they’re almost built on themes”