I think everybody remembers when they discovered Nirvana and heard their second studio album Nevermind, which slowly exploded into our lives in 1991. It was released in 1991, but it peaked at number one on January 11, 1992. It was like a bride’s list of “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue.” It had that feeling of sounding old and yet new, but it borrowed from the sounds before it and near it and connected us together through the feelings of someone who was deeply scarred. Kurt Cobain became the unreluctant spokesman for a generation.
It was great to hear this album after all these years away from it. I was a huge fan of Nirvana. When famous people die, it does not usually matter to me. I took it hard that Cobain committed suicide. I had tried a few years before him and I failed. I was jealous. I always get jealous when I hear someone was successful in killing themselves.
I think it is hard to pick one song as my favourite from the album, but I still love listening to “Come as You Are” because of the lyrics…
“Come as you are, as you were
As I want you to be
As a friend, as a friend
As an known enemy”
I feel like friends are future enemies. Sometimes they are current ones, but hide it well.
I was fortunate to see Nirvana in concert in Seattle, 13 December 1993. They did a concert with The Breeders and Cypress Hill. I had meet The Breeders and they invited me to the concert. They were extremely nice to me.
As for the album, it is brilliant. I think it has aged better than most albums from that time period, especially the hip hop albums. 10/10.