At number 17 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest albums is “Nevermind” by Nirvana.
This album, released in September 1991, was Nirvana’s second, and last, album. Only two and a half years after its release and huge success, in April 1994 Kurt Cobain committed suicide, bringing to an end his brief but spectacular moment of fame. The last album of Nirvana’s to be released was “MTV Unplugged”, which shows a tender side to Cobain and Nirvana which is not so evident in their two studio albums, “Nevermind”, and their first album “In Utero”. [***Correction*** – As you will see in the comments below, “Bleach” was Nirvana’s first album, with “In Utero” coming out after “Nevermind”, not before it. I do have “In Utero”, but had completely forgotten that it came out after “Nevermind”. Sorry for the mistake, I didn’t check my facts but just worked from memory…..]
I bought “Nevermind”soon after I moved to the USA, in September 1992. I had heard “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Come as you are” on the radio over the months since the album’s release some one year earlier, and on a whim I bought the album in a record shop around the corner from me in Toledo, Ohio, where I had taken a position as an Assistant Professor. I think it was the first album I bought during my years living in the US.
Here is “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for you to enjoy.
This album redefined music in the USA. It saw an end to big-hair pseudo-rock music that was so popular at the time, and took American popular music in a radically different direction. Even twenty years on from its release, its effect on American popular culture endures. That is why this album is in the top 20 Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the greatest albums.