nirvana no matter was one of the most impressive albums in rock ‘n’ roll history, but was it really their best? That’s what we want to hear from you in this week’s Loudwire Nights Album of the Week poll!
Whether the band members liked it or not, Nirvana was known as one of the pioneers of the Seattle grunge movement that began in the Pacific Northwest in the mid-1980s. Along with Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and a few others, Nirvana began playing shows in and around Seattle that attracted anxious, young audiences, as well as young industry professionals looking for something new to work with.
Jonathan Poneman and Bruce Pavitt formed Seattle-based indie record label Sub Pop around the time Nirvana started, and they decided to sign them and release the band’s first album bleaching in 1989. The album initially failed to chart until years later when it was re-issued by Geffen.
Frontman Kurt Cobain wasn’t even particularly proud of it — he told Spin in 1993 that he “didn’t care what the lyrics were about” when he wrote the songs for it, what he did while “pissed off” the night before they started recording. “Let’s just yell negative lyrics, and as long as it’s not sexist and doesn’t get too embarrassing, that’s fine,” he explained.
But 1991s no matter was a whole different ball game. The band opted for more pop tunes for their second effort, and it paid off. The album blew Michael Jackson away Dangerous topped the album charts a few months after its release, and “Smells Like Teen Spirit” eventually garnered enough radio and MTV play that rock culture as a whole shifted more toward its Seattle and Nirvana contemporaries.
in utero was Nirvana’s final album, released in 1993, just months before Cobain’s untimely death. They had a short discography, but an extremely effective one. Vote for your favorite Nirvana album below and tune in to Loudwire Nights next Monday at 7pm ET to find out which album took the cake.
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