Nirvana


There are multiple artists tracked as “Nirvana” on Last.fm. Following are six, listed in order of prominence: (1) Nirvana was a popular and highly-influential American alternative rock band. The band formed in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987, and it was part of the Seattle grunge scene of the late eighties, alongside bands like Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden. As their popularity rose, alternative rock became a dominant genre on American and Canadian radio and music television during the early-to-mid nineties. In late 1987, Cobain and Novoselic recruited drummer Aaron Burckhard. The three practiced material from Cobain’s Fecal Matter tape. After losing contact with Burckhard, the pair instead practised with Dale Crover of The Melvins, and Nirvana recorded its first demos in January 1988. Their first single, a cover version of “Love Buzz”, a song by Dutch group Shocking Blue, was released in November 1988 on the Seattle independent record label Sub Pop. Their debut album, Bleach, was produced by Jack Endino and released in June 1989. Later that year, the band recorded the Blew EP with producer Steve Fisk. At the start of the new decade, the band commenced their first recording sessions to the follow-up album with producer Butch Vig, replaced their drummer by Dave Grohl, and signed to DGC Records. The result, Nevermind, would eventually sell over seven million copies in the United States, and over thirty million worldwide. In early 1993, Nirvana released “Puss” / “Oh, the Guilt”, a split single with The Jesus Lizard, on the independent label Touch & Go. Meanwhile, the group chose Steve Albini as the producer to record its third album. In Utero debuted at number one on the Billboard album chart in September the same year. As Nirvana’s frontman, Cobain found himself referred to in the media as the “spokesman of a generation” and Nirvana the “flagship band” of Generation X. In Utero was considered by some to be a conscious attempt to shed their audience. In November 1993 they recorded for the television show MTV Unplugged. The session was released on CD as MTV Unplugged in New York and topped the charts in 1994. Nirvana’s brief run ended with the suicide of Cobain in 1994, but the band’s popularity expanded in the years that followed. Eight years after Cobain’s death, “You Know You're Right”, an unfinished demo that the band recorded two months prior to Cobain’s death, topped radio playlists around the w...

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