Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday Flashback: Nirvana

We're rockin' it this week with the grunge sounds of Nirvana and their smash hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from their second album Nevermind (1991). An unexpected hit, which is the band's biggest single, Nirvana were a bit uncomfortable with the new found success at the time. Before recording the album, Kurt Cobain only had a basic melody and a few riffs and hadn't wrote lyrics for the tune. Bassist Krist Novoselic dismissed it as "ridiculous", but Cobain made the band play the riff for an hour and a half. Novoselic recalled mentioning to slow it down a bit, drummer Dave Grohl added a beat and thus it took shape. It's the only song on the album where all three members are credited as songwriters.

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