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’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’: From Graffiti to Grunge Hit
Iconic grunge track began as a phrase scribbled on Kurt Cobain's wall.
Did ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ Rip Off ‘More Than a Feeling’?
Nirvana's grunge anthem bore a resemblance to Boston's hit song - and Kurt Cobain knew it.
Will the Cover Image for Nirvana's 'Nevermind' Be Changed?
Cover model wants band to "redact the images of his genitalia from the album cover."
‘Nevermind’ Cover Baby Suing Nirvana for ‘Child Pornography’
Suit comes almost 30 years after the album was released.
Grunge Pre-Nirvana: 20 Things That Set the Stage for ‘Nevermind’
The bands, people, places and trends that paved the way for 1991's landmark album.
The Day Nirvana Filmed the 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Video
Kurt Cobain fought with the director, extras grew agitated on set, and instruments were stolen.
Krist Novoselic Recalls First Nirvana Jam with Dave Grohl
Bassist says there was an “immediate” connection as work on ‘Nevermind’ commenced.
Nirvana Members Only Hoped ‘Nevermind’ Would Buy Them Apartments
Dave Grohl recalls modest ambitions for world-changing album.
Underrated Nirvana: The Most Overlooked Song From Each Album
Band's catalog is small but brimming with superb tracks.
When Nirvana Played 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' for the First Time
The show was hastily organized, a last minute booking by a still-unknown and cash-strapped band.