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Nirvana’s Nevermind Makes Alternative Rock A Mainstream Staple

You’d have to be living under the rock in late 1991 and way into 1992 if you didn’t hear Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on the radio, or watched its video on MTV, where it was heavily circulated. Also, you didn’t have to be a rock fan or someone who listens to alternative rock at that time to like the song. Nirvana, and its lead singer Kurt Cobain, had done something which no other alternative rock act before it has done. Because of that song, they brought alternative rock to the mainstream, so much so, that radio stations that normally would just play pop and R&B music, started playing “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, because everyone wanted to hear it. It was a big hit worldwide and was certainly very popular here in Manila. The song’s video was just as iconic and influential. If you watched the video, you would see many guys with long hair, bobbing their heads up and down in slow motion to match the beat of the song. That head-banging way of moving eventually became popular, so popular that dance clubs here in Manila, at that time, had specific nights for head-banging music. I remember I used to frequent a club which played such type of music and it was filled with well-dressed young people dancing with abandon, most of them head-banging, especially those with long hair. I was surprised the dance club had enough playing material for one whole night of head banging! It was a fun and unique experience for me – and it was not only guys who did it. It was also very popular among college girls. Where before, alternative rock and heavy metal music were mainly the domains of young boys and young men, because of Nirvana, and the band’s open tolerance to fans of all shapes and sizes and genders, a lot of young women were also introduced to alternative rock music. Their album Nevermind was not actually their debut album. It was already their second. But it was the one that would sell in the gazillions and make them a household name.

Written by @tonyfabelous from Fabelousity
Jun 14, 2019

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  • Jan 01, 2011


  • Pop/Rock


  • DGC


  • Butch Vig


  • Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, California
  • Smart Studios, Madison, Wisconsin


Nevermind is the second studio album by American rock band Nirvana, released on September 24, 1991 by DGC Records. Produced by Butch Vig, it was the band's first release on the label, as well as the first to feature drummer Dave Grohl.
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