At the turn of the 80s, the so-called American alternative rock had as strong references names like Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. and Pixies. But, little by little the attention was directed to the city of Seattle. Where a small label, Sub Pop, was revealing bands that were starting to make noise. The music of Mudhoney, Soundarden, TAD, Nirvana and others, ended up reaching the four corners of the planet.
Nirvana, the band formed in the city of Aberdeen in 1988 by Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar), Krist Novoselic (bass) and, later, Dave Grohl (drums), was the phenomenon of the grunge movement, as it became known.
Nirvana's first record on Sub Pop was a single with two songs: "Love Buzz" and "Big Cheese". And then 'Bleach' came. Nirvana's first album revealed a band full of energy. What caught the attention of major labels. And the story could not be different: the band signed a contract with Geffen Records. And in September 1991 the second album was released. 'Nevermind' did not have the same “sound dirt” as 'Bleach', but a string of hits that turned the album into the main reference of 90s rock. From "Smells Like Teen Spirit" to "Something In The Way", the whole punk attitude tempered by strong melodies give the dimension of the trio's visceral and honest music.
The 1992 album 'Incesticide' is a compilation of tracks recorded for John Peel's program and rarities. "Molly's Lips" and "Son Of A Gun" are re-recordings of songs by Scottish band The Vaselines, one of Kurt Cobain's favorites.
The band's sound fury continued on 'In Utero', a 1993 studio album. But Kurt Cobain's drug problems put an end to the band's career. On April 8, 94, the vocalist was found dead in his home, shot by a suicide victim. It was the end of the simple boy, who became an idol, and did not know how to live with it. And, also, the end of the band that brought a new spirit to rock.
After the end of Nirvana, Dave Grohl formed the Foo Fighters.