Nirvana Biography

Nirvana is noted as the grunge band that has no end, not even after the frontman Kurt Cobain ended the band ride by taking his own life. Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic formed the band in 1985. They changed their drummer for several times; from Aaron Burckhard, Dan Peters, Dale Crover, Chad Channing and eventually clicked with Dave Grohl who joined the band in 1991.

Nirvana recorded their album "Bleach" in 1990. Cobain and Krist's favorite band The Melvins inspired the album. After the release, they started to tour and noted a stint with Sonic Youth. Interested to the band, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon recommended Nirvana to record executive David Geffen who later signed them to DGC Records in 1990. It was the moment for the band to record their first major label album "Nevermind" in 1991. They kicked former drummer Chad Channing and replaced him with Dave Grohl. "Nevermind" soon became a huge success as it includes popular single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" that brought the grunge sound and rocketed the album to #1 on the Billboard charts. Thus, the album later led fanatics to claim Nirvana as the new icon for the Generation X.

The compilation album of b-sides "Incesticide", which includes singles "Sliver", "Aneurysm" and covers of songs by indie rock band The Vaselines titled "Molly's Lips" and "Son of a Gun", was soon put on sale in 1992. The album was expected to achieve another success just as the previous one. And in 1993, the next album "In Utero" was put on the market. It was pretty much a controversial one, as its cover image was considered unsuitable to be put on shelves. Moreover, the single "Rape Me" taken from the album also caused controversy until it was retitled into "Waif Me". Both albums, sadly, failed to follow the favorable result of "Nevermind," yet led the band to take their next step.

And so November 1993 became the memorable episode for the fanatics as Cobain unexpectedly agreed to do an acoustic performance on MTV Unplugged. The stage set, which was decorated with white flowers and candles, added the atmosphere as Nirvana amazed their viewers. Thus, the band later received the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance for the astounding performance. "We were just amazed we were putting out a record. We were, and are, still learning. But we've never cared much for professionalism as long as the energy was there. Like our live shows; We're out of tune and use a lot of feedback. That's not on purpose or because we don't care, we're just musically and rhythmically retarded and we play so hard that we can't tune our guitars fast enough," said Cobain explaining the live show.

Regrettably, the episode was later also noted the last one from the band as in early 1994, Nirvana tours were cancelled due to Cobain's health condition. He was diagnosed with bronchitis and laryngitis before later found addicted to drugs and booze. Cobain ran away from rehab and flight back to his house in Seattle. A week later, he was discovered dead from self-inflicted gunshot and left a handwritten suicide note, reading "... I'm too much of a neurotic moody person and I don't have the passion anymore, so remember, it's 'Better to Burn out, than fade away.' Peace, love, empathy, Kurt Cobain."

After the shocking incident, several of Nirvana albums, including "MTV Unplugged in New York" (1994), "Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!" (1994), and a compilation of their concert recording titled "From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah" (1996), were soon launched. Furthermore, in 1997, when Grohl and Krist wanted to put an unreleased single "You Know You're Right" in rarity album titled "Nirvana", Cobain's wife Courtney Love objected as she felt that they were using it for their own personal interests. The battle continued for more than a year before she eventually agreed to donate the single. Thus, in 2002, "Nirvana" was offered for sale.