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Nevermind is Nirvana's second album, released in September of 1991.

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Significance

Nevermind catapulted Nirvana from an obscure Seattle-area band to critical and popular success, signalling the end of the hair metal ballads and bombastic anthems. The opening track, "Smells Like Teen Spirit", and its accompanying music video that depicted a high school pep rally gone awry, received massive airplay in late 1991, propelling the members of Nirvana to superstardom. Other hits include "Come As You Are" and "Lithium". Producer Butch Vig crafted Nirvana's distorted guitars, pounding drums, rumbling bass, and wailing vocals into catchy, engrossing tracks that appealed to a wide audience and set the standard for rock music throughout the 1990s. Many people have called the album 'the Beatles played with attitude.'

As a reaction against hair metal bands, which were perceived as pompous and corporate-dominated by the alternative music communities, Nevermind is often considered one of the albums which most affected society. Along with perhaps Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Saturday Night Fever, and Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols, Nevermind brought a counterculture to the mainstream, radically altering the musical landscape to allow for immediate hits from other grunge bands, like Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.

Nevermind hit #1 on Billboard Music Chart's Top 200 albums and the Heatseekers chart. It was voted as the best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll.

In 2005 the album was deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and inducted into its music collection.

Trivia

The baby on the cover is the then-three-month-old Spencer Elden. The fishhook and bill were superimposed later. Geffen prepared an alternate cover, as they were afraid that having a child's penis visible would offend people, but relented when Cobain made it clear that the only compromise he would accept would be a sticker covering the penis, accusing anyone who was offended of being a closet pedophile. The alternate cover image is featured in Michael Azerrad's book, Come As You Are.

Some CD versions of the album feature a hidden track ten minutes after the end of "Something in the Way". The first pressing of the CD did not contain the track due to a technical error. The track is variously named "Noise", "The Noise Jam" or "Endless, Nameless" on bootlegs. It is named "Endless, Nameless" on the "Come as You Are" single. The track was improvised, or semi-improvised, during a particularly stressful take for "Lithium". It is typical of the jams the band would sometimes have at the end of their shows, prior to smashing their instruments, such as the jam (named "Demolition" on some bootlegs) at the end of Nirvana's performance on MTV's "Live and Loud" feature. Azerrad claims that the careful listener can determine the moment the guitar breaks.

In 1997 Nevermind was named the 8th greatest album of all time in a 'Music of the Millennium' poll conducted by HMV, Channel 4, The Guardian and Classic FM. In 1998 Q magazine readers placed it at number 5, while in 2003 the TV network VH1 placed it at number 2. In 2005, Channel 4's 100 Greatest albums of all time show placed it at number 3. Also in 2005, a "Classic Albums" DVD about Nevermind was released; it included interviews with Novoselic, Grohl and Vig about the making of the album.

Track listing

  1. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Cobain/Nirvana) - 5:02
  2. "In Bloom" (Cobain/Nirvana) - 4:15
  3. "Come as You Are" (Cobain/Nirvana) - 3:39
  4. "Breed" (Cobain/Nirvana) - 3:04
  5. "Lithium" (Cobain) - 4:17
  6. "Polly" (Cobain/Nirvana) - 2:56
  7. "Territorial Pissings" (Cobain/Nirvana) - 2:23
  8. "Drain You" (Cobain/Nirvana) - 3:44
  9. "Lounge Act" (Cobain/Nirvana) - 2:37
  10. "Stay Away" (Cobain/Nirvana) - 3:33
  11. "On a Plain" (Cobain/Nirvana) - 3:17
  12. "Something In The Way" (Cobain/Nirvana) - 3:51
  13. "Endless, Nameless" (Hidden track) (Cobain/Nirvana)

Personnel

  • Nirvana - Producer, Engineer
  • Kirk Canning - Cello
  • Kurt Cobain - Guitar, Vocals, Photography
  • Dave Grohl - Drums, Vocals
  • Krist Novoselic - Bass guitar, Vocals
  • Jeff Sheehan - Assistant Engineer
  • Butch Vig - Producer, Engineer
  • Andy Wallace - Mixing
  • Howie Weinberg - Mastering
  • Michael Lavine - Photography
  • Robert Fisher - Artwork, Art Direction, Design, Cover Design
  • Craig Doubet - Assistant Engineer, Mixing
  • Kirk Weddle - Photography

Chart positions

Album

1991 Nevermind Heatseekers No. 1
1992 Nevermind The Billboard 200 No. 1

Singles

1991 Smells Like teen Spirit Official UK Singles Chart No. 7
1992 Come As You Are Official UK Singles Chart No. 9
1992 Lithium Official UK Singles Chart No. 11
1992 In Bloom Official UK Singles Chart No. 28
1991 Smells Like Teen Spirit Modern Rock Tracks No. 1
1992 Lithium The Billboard Hot 100 No. 64
1992 Smells Like Teen Spirit The Billboard Hot 100 No. 6
1992 Lithium Mainstream Rock Tracks No. 16
1992 Smells Like Teen Spirit Mainstream Rock Tracks No. 7
1992 Come As You Are The Billboard Hot 100 No. 32
1992 Come As You Are Modern Rock Tracks No. 3
1992 Lithium Modern Rock Tracks No. 25
1992 On A Plain Modern Rock Tracks No. 25
1992 Smells Like Teen Spirit Hot Dance Music/Club Play No. 14
1992 Smells Like Teen Spirit Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales No. 27
1992 In Bloom Mainstream Rock Tracks No. 5
1991 Smells Like Teen Spirit Official Sweeden Singles Chart No .3
1992 Come As You Are Official Sweeden Singles Chart No .24
1992 In Bloom Official Sweeden Singles Chart No. 30
1992 Smells Like Teen Spirit Official Switzerland Singles Chart No. 6
1992 Come As You Are Official Switzerland Singles Chart No. 21
1992 Smells Like Teen Spirit Official Austrain Singles Chart No. 8
1992 Come As You are Official Austrain Singles Chart No. 28
1992 Smells Like Teen Spirit Official Italian singles Chart No. 6
1992 Come As You Are Official Italian Singles Chart No. 13
1992 Lithium Official Italian Singles Chart No. 19
1992 Smells Like Teen Spirit Official Australian Singles Chart No. 8
1992 Come As you Are Official Australian Singles Chart No. 30
1992 Smells Like Teen Spirit Official German Singles Chart No. 2
1992 Come As You Are Official German Singles Chart No. 22
1992 Smells Like Teen Spirit Official Norway Singles Chart No. 2


External links

Nirvana
Kurt Cobain | Dave Grohl | Krist Novoselic
Chad Channing | Dale Crover | Jason Everman | Pat Smear
Discography
Bleach | Blew | Nevermind | Hormoaning | Incesticide | In Utero
MTV Unplugged in New York | From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah | Nirvana | With the Lights Out
Popular Songs
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" | "About a Girl" | "All Apologies" | "Aneurysm" | "Come As You Are" | "Drain You" | "Dumb" | "Heart-Shaped Box" | "In Bloom" | "Lithium" | "Love Buzz" | "Milk It" | "On a Plain" | "Pennyroyal Tea" | "Polly" | "Rape Me" | "Sliver" | "Something In The Way" | "You Know You're Right"
Other Related Articles
Grunge music | Generation X | Courtney Love | Heavier Than Heaven | Kurt & Courtney | Tom Grant

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