A Waste of Rock and Roll Talent -- A Look at the Rise and Fall of Nirvana

He had it all. Kurt Cobain - frontman for the grunge-band Nirvana, had tapped into something few singer/songwriters are ever able to: the conscious of middle-American youth. Millions of dollars, millions of albums. And he threw it all away. But like all great talent, Cobain is worth more now that he is dead. Since the death of the Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain, the band released several albums. The first was released in 1994 and featured the band's harshly morbid performance for New York MTV Unplugged. The album contained guest appearances as well as cover versions of singles by the Leadbelly, Meat Puppets, David Bowie and The Vaselines.

Nirvana was a very popular American punk rock band native of Aberdeen, Washington. With their lead song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from 1991 album of the band called Nevermind, Nirvana blasted into the mainstream.

As Nirvana's frontman, Kurt Cobain, discovered himself referred to as the "spokesman of the generation", with Nirvana the band of "Generation X". Kurt Cobain was itchy with the attention, and put the center of his attention to the music, testing the audience of the band with the third album In Utero. While the mainstream popularity of Nirvana faded in the months after its release, their dedicated audience loved the dark interior of the band, above all following their performance on 1993 MTV Unplugged.
Nirvana's short run finished with the Cobain`s death in 1994, but the popularity of the band prolonged the bands life. Eight years after the death of Cobain, an unfinished demo, You Know You're Right, which had been recorded by the band two months before Cobain's death, soared at the top of radio playlists all around the globe. Since their first appearance, Nirvana`s fans have bought over fifty million albums worldwide, with more than eleven million copies of their second studio album, Nevermind alone in the United States. Today Nirvana remains a regular occurrence on the radio stations around the world.

Nirvana History:

Cobain and Novoselic met in 1985. Both men were The Melvins` avid fans, and both showed interest in forming the band. In the early months, Cobain and Novoselic worked with quite a few drummers, including Dale Crover and Aaron Burckhard. At the same period, the band changed a series of names, including Skid Row, Ted Ed Fred and Pen Cap Chew earlier than finally agreeing on Nirvana in winter of 1988. Several months after settling on the name, the band's drummer was eventually settled on to be Chad Channing.

Nirvana's debuting album, Bleach, had its release in 1989. Bleach was greatly influenced by Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and The Melvins. Bleach became very popular on college radio stations all over the country, but gave a few clues of where Nirvana would find itself in two years.

In early 1990s, the band started their collaboration with producer Butch Vig on all recordings following Bleach. At some point of the sessions, Krist and Kurt realized that Chad Channing was not the drummer that the band wanted, and he was let go following the completion of the sessions. After a couple of weeks with Dale Crover from The Melvins, the band hired Dan Peters, Mudhoney drummer, with whom Nirvana recorded the single "Sliver". Soon after it, The Melvins` Buzz Osbourne introduced the band to Dave Grohl, who was seeking a new band after the abrupt break-up of hardcore punks Scream.

Nirvana Discography:

1989: Bleach (1st studio album).
1991: Nevermind (2nd studio album).
1992: Incesticide (The compilation of alternate versions, rare studio songs, cover songs
          and B-sides).
1993: In Utero (3rd studio album).
1994: MTV Unplugged (Live album).
1994: Live! Tonight! Sold out! (Home video with interviews and live performances).
1995: Singles (Hits from In Utero and Nevermind in a box set).
2002: Nirvana (Nirvana`s greatest hits).
2004: With the Lights Out (Includes 3 compact discs and a DVD with rare and formerly
          unreleased material).
2005: Sliver (19 songs from With The Lights Out and 3 earlier unreleased tracks).

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