As the end of the ‘80s gave way to the early ‘90s, rock ‘n’ roll needed a kick in the ass. Nirvana was just the band to do it. Blasting out of Seattle as part of the alternative-rock movement that drove the early part of the decade, Nirvana combined a punk-rock ethos with classic-rock riffs. In frontman Kurt Cobain, the band had a troubled but passionate singer and songwriter who helped give voice to his disassociated generation. The band’s 1991 album ‘Nevermind’ helped jumpstart a rock ‘n’ roll revolution, and its opening track, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ became an indie-rock anthem. But Cobain was uncomfortable with the spotlight and turned away from it on ‘Nevermind’’s abrasive follow-up, ‘In Utero.’ On April 5, 1994, at the age of 27, Cobain killed himself, effectively ending the greatest band of the ‘90s.
Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam Members Form New Band
Listen to the debut album from 3rd Secret.
How Kurt Cobain Crafted Nirvana's Haunting 'Something in the Way'
Homelessness, an untuned guitar and some unorthodox recording choices all contributed to the poignant track.
30 Years Ago: Nirvana Follow Up 'Nevermind' With an Overlooked EP
Covers-heavy 'Hormoaning' has been released in only extremely limited runs.
Nirvana Deny Artist's Ownership Claim of Smiley Face Logo
Band's attorneys state that former Geffen Records art director "never claimed any interest" in famous design.
30 Years Ago: Nirvana Perform on 'SNL' as 'Nevermind' Hits No. 1
Band supplanted Michael Jackson at the top of the chart, officially bringing grunge mainstream.
Nirvana Call 'Nevermind' Child Pornography Lawsuit 'Not Serious'
Band also claims statute of limitations has expired.
New ‘The Batman’ Movie Inspired by Kurt Cobain
Matt Reeves modeled Robert Pattinson’s version of superhero after the Nirvana frontman.
Why Nirvana Self-Sabotaged Their Performance on 'Top of the Pops'
Telling the band to fake it was a bad idea.
Nirvana, 'Nevermind (30th Anniversary Edition)': Album Review
Unfortunately, this doesn't add much to their towering mythology.