When bands propel they usually turn to the mainstream as a way out of their hazardous, mundane lives. Money is a factor, the pretty penny such a shining light. In 1991, there was a band called Nirvana shooting glitter and gold from their musical cannon, alerting the cut-throat music industry, but not succumbing to the golden goose. This outfit were different, and with their seminal record Nevermind as their ammunition, they reluctantly placed themselves into a spotlight many would crave. Although Nirvana were playing music which was simple and effective, they were led by an enigmatic genius in Kurt Cobain. He was a misunderstood, disenchanted, man, lending his mind to sounds that were original. His guitar parts often had a certain sound, a sound and rhythm highly unique. In truth, Nirvana blocked out any other bands from imitating them due to sheer originality. There wasn’t a band like them in the 90s, and that’s why they’re renowned as the creators of grunge.
Being pioneers is a heavy weight to content with, and Nirvana had to endure such scrutiny. Maybe their music was obscure, maybe it was rough around the edges and not palatable for the decade it found itself occupying. Cobain obviously felt the constraints of not having a normal life, and he turned to alcohol and drugs to withdraw from a world swathed in decadence and bad dreams.
But he and his band mates had created one of the most crucial albums. Nevermind swooped like a vulture, picking at the musical minds of critics and newcomers. Its haunting aura, raised hairs, its magical darkness, steamrolled through and surrounded the music industry. Many people were perplexed at how the album racked so many sales, and how it started to be welcomed into pop culture’s hallowed hub.
On its release, Nevermind blew away the cobwebs left behind by glam rock and other dying genres. It developed like a fine wine and made it into many Walkman’s. Posters hung on walls, and Nirvana rapidly grew as a band to observe and to admire. But admiration took its toll on Cobain. He didn’t want to be admired, he wanted his music to resonate, and to take people to distant worlds.
Cobain was a mysterious force, often misjudged and his words often misconstrued. There were times when he locked himself away from the world, playing music behind closed doors, alienating himself. But the man was under such strain, emotionally and physically. Yes, he wanted his band to be successful, but he also wanted to be free.
And Nevermind entertained and also resonated swiftly with fans. To this day, the record still plays gloriously well, and it still has a place in many hearts. Those infectious riffs from Cobain, those bass lines from Krist Novoselic, and the powerful drum beats from Dave Grohl, are still fresh the memory. Songs such as Smells Like Teen Spirit and Come As You Are, don’t refrain from inspiring many artists and bands. And we know all about Cobain’s death, which shook the world and still is spoke about through press and from the mouths of fans. And we often think, how colossal would Nirvana be in this day and age?