20 years ago, one riff changed music for an entire generation. 'Smells like Teen Sprit' swept away the last shreds of hair metal and opened hearts and minds to alternative rock.
In 1991, Nirvana were a fairly successful alternative rock three-piece from the state of Washington, in North West USA. Their debut album 'Bleach' on Sub-Pop has sold modestly. But when 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', first single from 'Nevermind' was released on September 10th 1991, nobody was prepared for how it took on a life of it's own.
'Nevermind', which had initially gone straight in at no144 in the billboard album charts on it's release on Sept 24th 1991, began to pick up sales on the back of the relentless and growing popularity of 'Teen Spirit'. By January 1992 the album had knocked Michael Jackson off the number 1 slot. 'Nevermind' went on to shift more than 26million copies worldwide and the band's dissonance defined how rock music sounded during the 90's.
In this programme, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Butch Vig and others talk to Steve Lamacq about the heady days of Nevermind's gestation and the explosive times following it's release.
Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic talk to Steve Lamacq about the heady days of Nevermind.