Happy Anniversary! Nirvana's Nevermind was released 25 years ago, on September 24th 1991, to be exact. Dubbed as the album that changed the face of grunge and alternative rock in the 90s, it made sense that at the time, it was considered it to be a complete masterpiece. But 25 years have passed and despite Kurt Cobain's *cough* mishap *cough*, the revolutionary album is still resonating among many, spanning over a multitude of generations. Why is that? Lets find out.
As mentioned before, Nirvana turned a new leaf of alternative rock. In fact, Nirvana had no idea they were even going to attract any fans. At the time they were pretty unestablished, but their music grew popular due to the bands ability break the line between punk and rock and still create real and relatable lyrics. And speaking of relatable...
It's angsty. When every teen in America felt the need to rebel, they could go to their room, blast this music and think, "Thank god, somebody (Kurt) fucking gets me." It connected with the "teen-spirited" kids who were fighting with their parents... It was even connecting with the parents, who just wanted to let go, just for a second. It's also kind of like Cobain is voicing our innermost fears. He stated the things we were too scared to state ourselves. It was a source of energy. Their lyrics were a firey sensation for many generations.
Genuine personalities and honesty are characteristics that anyone is looking for in anyone, anywhere. And those characteristics can be found in this interview. Real, raw, and funny, Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and Krist Novoselic project their true selves showing that they aren't that much different from the music that they write. Their energy and aura resonate throughout the album, causing an inexplicable liking towards them.
Kurt Cobain is iconic.
Blatant, raw, and haunting, Cobain expresses a variety of emotions that aren't subdued to mystery or miscomprehension. His hoarse voice can change from soft and interesting to loud and rowdy in seconds showcasing the constant fluctuation of his feelings in each song. For example:
"I'm so ugly / but that's okay 'cause so are you." ("Lithium")
It's clear, it's simple, and it's honest. Oof. Talk about harsh.
Last but not least...
Spencer Elden (the baby on the Nevermind cover) recently recreated his own version of the album cover - with shorts on obviously. "It's cool but weird to be part of something so important that I don't even remember," Elden stated. Elden is now a street artist in Los Angeles who will probably pop up every 5 or 10 years to recreate this. We cant wait to see what it looks like when he turns 80.