For ticket info click here. Sign in. Log into your account. Forgot your password? Password recovery. Recover your password. A key development was the single " Sliver ", released on Sub Pop in before Grohl joined the band; Nirvana had recruited Mudhoney drummer Dan Peters to play on it , which Cobain said "was like a statement in a way. I had to write a pop song and release it on a single to prepare people for the next record.
I wanted to write more songs like that. By the start of the s, Sub Pop was experiencing financial difficulties. With rumors that Sub Pop would sign up as a subsidiary of a major record label, the band decided to "cut out the middleman" and start to look for a major record label.
In early , Nirvana began planning its second album for Sub Pop, tentatively titled Sheep. On April 8 the group headed to Milwaukee to kick off an extensive Midwest and East Coast tour of 24 shows in 39 days. Instead, Nirvana used the sessions as a demo tape to shop for a new label. Within a few months, the tape was circulating amongst major labels, creating a buzz around the group. Instead, the band held out for Vig, with whom they felt comfortable collaborating.
When the group arrived in California, Nirvana did a few days of pre-production tightening up some of the song arrangements and rehearsing. Once recording commenced, the band worked eight to ten hours a day. Novoselic and Grohl finished their bass and drum tracks in a matter of days, while Cobain worked longer on guitar overdubs, vocals, and particularly lyrics which sometimes were finished minutes before recording. Vig then started to mix the album.
However, after a few days, both Vig and the band were unhappy with how the mixes were turning out and decided to bring in someone else to oversee the mixing. Cobain was concerned about bringing in well-known producers and instead chose Andy Wallace who had co-produced Slayer 's album Seasons in the Abyss from the bottom of the list.
Howie Weinberg started working alone when no one else showed up at the appointed time in the studio; by the time Nirvana, Andy Wallace, and Gary Gersh arrived, Weinberg had mastered most of the album. Weinberg recalled, "In the beginning, it was kind of a verbal thing to put that track at the end. Maybe I didn't write it down when Nirvana or the record company said to do it. So, when they pressed the first twenty thousand or so CDs, albums, and cassettes, it wasn't on there.
After the release of Nevermind , members of Nirvana later expressed dissatisfaction with the album's production for its perceived commercial sound.
Cobain, Nirvana's main songwriter, fashioned chord sequences using primarily power chords and wrote songs that combined pop hooks with dissonant guitar riffs. Dave Grohl said this approach originated during a four-month period prior to the recording of the album, where the band would experiment with extreme dynamics during regular jam sessions;  however; the Smart Studios recordings of songs such as " Lithium " and " In Bloom " show the band was writing songs in that style long before Grohl had joined the band.
The guitarist used distortion and chorus pedals as his main effects, the latter used to generate a "watery" sound on "Come as You Are" and the pre-choruses of "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Grohl has said that Cobain told him, "Music comes first and lyrics come second," and Grohl believes that above all Cobain focused on the melodies of his songs.
Additionally, Cobain's phrasing on the album is often difficult to understand. Vig asserted that clarity of Cobain's singing was not paramount. Vig said, "Even though you couldn't quite tell what he was singing about, you knew it was intense as hell. Charles R. Cross asserted in his biography of Cobain, Heavier Than Heaven , that many of the songs written for Nevermind were about Cobain's dysfunctional relationship with Tobi Vail.
After their relationship ended, Cobain began writing and painting violent scenes, many of which revealed a hatred for himself and others. Songs written during this period were less violent, but still reflected anger absent from Cobain's earlier songs.
Cross wrote, "In the four months following their break-up, Kurt would write a half dozen of his most memorable songs, all of them about Tobi Vail. According to Novoselic, "'Lounge Act' is about Tobi," and the song contains the line "I'll arrest myself, I'll wear a shield," referring to Cobain having the K Records logo tattooed on his arm to impress Vail.
Though "Lithium" had been written before Cobain knew Vail, the lyrics of the song were changed to reference her. The tentative title Sheep was something Cobain created as an inside joke directed towards the people he expected to buy the album.
He wrote a fake advertisement for Sheep in his journal that read "Because you want to not; because everyone else is. Cobain liked the title because it was a metaphor for his attitude on life and because it was grammatically incorrect.
The album cover shows a naked baby boy, Spencer Elden,  swimming underwater with a U. According to Cobain, he conceived the idea while watching a television program on water births with Grohl.
Cobain mentioned it to Geffen's art director Robert Fisher. Fisher found some stock footage of underwater births, but they were too graphic for the record company to use. Instead, Fisher sent a photographer, Kirk Weddle, to a pool for babies to take pictures. Five shots resulted and the band settled on the image of four-month-old Spencer Elden, the son of a friend of Weddle.
The back cover features a photograph of a rubber monkey in front of a collage created by Cobain. The collage features photos of raw beef from a supermarket advertisement, images from Dante's Inferno , and pictures of diseased vaginas from Cobain's collection of medical photos. Cobain noted, "If you look real close, there is a picture of Kiss in the back standing on a slab of beef.
For the album's 10th, 17th and 25th anniversaries, Elden recreated the front cover shot for photographers. He wanted to do the 25th anniversary shoot nude but the photographer preferred that he wore swim shorts. Nevermind was released on September 24, American record stores received an initial shipment of 46, copies,  while 35, copies were shipped in the United Kingdom, where Bleach had been successful.
Geffen hoped that Nevermind would sell around , copies, matching sales of Sonic Youth's Geffen debut Goo. Nevermind debuted on the Billboard at number Geffen put production of all other albums on hold in order to fulfill demand in the region. The song's video had received a world premiere on MTV 's late-night alternative show Minutes , and soon proved so popular that the channel began playing it during the day.
Novoselic recalled, "Yeah I was happy about it. It was pretty cool. It was kind of neat. But I don't give a shit about some kind of achievement like that. It's cool—I guess. As the band set out for their European tour at the start of November , Nevermind entered the Billboard Top 40 for the first time at number By this point, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" had become a hit and the album was selling so fast none of Geffen's marketing strategies could be enacted.
It was just one of those 'Get out of the way and duck' records. Nevermind became Nirvana's first number-one album on January 11, , replacing Michael Jackson 's Dangerous at the top of the Billboard charts. By this time, Nevermind was selling approximately , copies a week.
Singles Chart and at number 32 on the Billboard Hot singles chart. Geffen's press promotion for Nevermind was lower than that typical of a major record label. The label's publicist primarily targeted music publications with long lead times for publication as well as magazines in the Seattle area.
The unexpectedly positive feedback from critics who had received the album convinced the label to consider increasing the album's original print run. At first, Nevermind did not receive many reviews, and many publications ignored the album. Months after its release and after "Smells Like Teen Spirit" garnered airplay, print media organizations were "scrambling" to cover the phenomenon the album had become.
However, by that point, much of the attention fell on Cobain rather than the album itself. The reviews that did initially appear were largely positive. There are enough intriguing textures, mood shifts, instrumental snippets and inventive word plays to provide for hours of entertainment.
My God have they proved us right. Reviewer Ira Robbins wrote, "If Nirvana isn't onto anything altogether new, Nevermind does possess the songs, character and confident spirit to be much more than a reformulation of college radio's high-octane hits.
Some of the reviews were not entirely positive. The Boston Globe was less enthusiastic about the album; reviewer Steve Morse wrote, "Most of Nevermind is packed with generic punk-pop that had been done by countless acts from Iggy Pop to the Red Hot Chili Peppers ," and added "the band has little or nothing to say, settling for moronic ramblings by singer-lyricist Cobain. Archived from the original on April 2, Retrieved April 1, Hal Leonard Corporation. Retrieved July 5, Celebrity Tantrums!
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