While eating breakfast this morning, it dawned on me that today is the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s iconic Nevermind. So, I decided I needed to listen to it.
I may have only listened to a handful of albums more than I have ever listened to this one. I probably did the majority of listening of it while I was in 7th and 8th grade. It was like a drug. The first time I heard it, I was hooked. And I needed it all the time. 12 year old me had never heard anything quite like it. It was raw, straightforward, pure, energetic, and heartfelt. Up until that point I had primarily been rocking out only to Whitesnake, Poison, New Kids On The Block and MC Hammer. Nirvana saved me from the dangerous path of horrible musical taste.
20 years later, I still get a little giddy when I hear the opening riffs of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. This album is always going to be a top album of all time for me, as with many other people, but this is about more than just the music. It kick started my love for bands, albums, and good old fashion rock. For me, that is priceless.
Thank you Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl.