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Formed Aberdeen, Washington, 1986; disbanded 1994.

Like nearly every other musical icon from Elvis to James Brown to John Lennon to Michael Jackson to Madonna, Kurt Cobain had a psyche that was too big for one body. He was a passionate fan, but hated fame; he wrote and sang songs about male murderers, but identified with their female victims; he endlessly baited his audience, but became the symbol of an age. While this tortured universality enabled Nirvana to break through the corporate stagnation of American rock, it also, ultimately, killed him. [read more...]

discography

Discography in order of release date:

  • Bleach (1989)
  • Nevermind (1991)
  • Hormoaning (1992 – Australia and Japan only)
  • Incesticide (1992)
  • In Utero (1993)
  • MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)
  • From the Muddy Banks of Wishkah (1995)
  • Nirvana (2002) (also called Best Of 1988-1994)

Most Popular Album(s) by This Artist
  • Nevermind -- Nirvana; Audio CD
  • Unplugged In New York [LIVE] -- Nirvana; Audio CD
  • In Utero [EXPLICIT LYRICS] -- Nirvana; Audio CD
  • U.S. Releases:

    From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah [LIVE] ~ Nirvana
    Original Release Date: 1996
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    Unplugged In New York [LIVE] ~ Nirvana
    Original Release Date: 1994
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    In Utero [EXPLICIT LYRICS] ~ Nirvana
    Original Release Date: 1993
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    In Utero [Edited] ~ Nirvana
    Original Release Date: 1993
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    Incesticide ~ Nirvana
    Original Release Date: 1992
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    Nevermind ~ Nirvana
    Original Release Date: 1991
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    Bleach ~ Nirvana
    Original Release Date: 1989
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    Interview ~ Nirvana
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    Imports:

    Black Flower [IMPORT] ~ Nirvana
    Original Release Date: 1967
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    In Utero [EXTRA TRACKS] [IMPORT] ~ Nirvana
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    All Apologies/Rape Me [CD-SINGLE] [IMPORT] ~ Nirvana
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    Singles [BOX SET] [IMPORT] ~ Nirvana
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    Singles Box [CD-SINGLE] [IMPORT] ~ Nirvana
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    Interview Sessions [IMPORT] ~ Nirvana
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    In Utero [+Bonus Track] [IMPORT] ~ Nirvana
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    Interview Sessions [IMPORT] ~ Nirvana
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    Smells Like Teen Spirit [CD-SINGLE] [IMPORT] ~ Nirvana
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    Interview [IMPORT] ~ Nirvana
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    Nirvana: Interview [IMPORT] ~ Nirvana
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    Interview Picture Disc [IMPORT] ~ Nirvana
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    Heart-Shaped Box [CD-SINGLE] [IMPORT] ~ Nirvana
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    Come As You Are [CD-SINGLE] [IMPORT] ~ Nirvana
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    Secret Theathre [IMPORT] ~ Nirvana
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    Lithium [IMPORT] [CD-SINGLE] ~ Nirvana
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    Interview CD Book [IMPORT] ~ Nirvana
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    History of Nirvana

    Frequently hailed as a flagship band of Generation X, Nirvana were a grunge band from Seattle (late 1980s early 1990s). Members included Kurt Cobain (guitar and vocals), Krist Novoselic (bass and backing vocals), Dave Grohl (drums and backing vocals), and later, an unofficial 4th member (Pat Smear) who played guitar when the band toured. Their first album, Bleach (featuring Chad Channing on drums), was a garage rock record, made for the Seattle independent record label Sub Pop and sold poorly. Their second, Nevermind, sweetened the sound of the earlier with a cleaner production (by Butch Vig) and occasional pop hooks. Recorded for the much larger Geffen Records label, it was a major breakthrough both for the band and the rock music scene. The highly infectious single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" received heavy airplay on MTV, inspiring a slew of imitators and bringing the grunge sound into the mainstream. Their follow up, 1993's In Utero, was slightly less accessible to the mass market due to its more subdued and introspective sound, but still obtained critical and commercial success.

    Singer Kurt Cobain was known to be troubled, and suffered from bipolar disorder. He wrote a song, "Lithium", about the medication lithium carbonate, which is used to treat bipolar disorder. Around 1993 Cobain married musician and actress Courtney Love. Plagued by an unexplained stomach illness and increasingly dissatisfied with the crass commercialism of the music industry, Cobain became depressed, reclusive, and a heroin addict. Cobain committed suicide in 1994, after which the band broke apart.

    Several albums have been released since Cobain's death, including a live set, and a superb perfomance on MTV's Unplugged. In the years following Kurt Cobain's death, there has been much controversy over the ownership of Nirvana's music. The two surviving members, Grohl and Novoselic, and wife Courney Love, have argued the issue of releasing a new ablum containing rare or unreleased tracks. On October 29, 2002, following a grueling legal battle, the album Nirvana was released containing several greatest hits and one unreleased track, "You Know You're Right". (A live version of this song can be found on Outcesticide V(5) Disintegration. This was released prior to the album Nirvana.)

    According to some, notably public access host Richard Lee of Seattle, Kurt Cobain was murdered. His ongoing documentary has been running since the week after Cobain's demise. In addition, a documentary film called "Kurt & Courtney" was made by filmmaker Nick Broomfield which suggests that Love had Cobain killed. However, these are generally considered to be conspiracy theories and the official verdict of death by self-inflicted gunshot wound is widely accepted.

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  • Grohl, Dave
  • Smear, Pat
  • Cobain, Kurt
  • Novoselic, Krist
  • Channing, Chad
  • Everman, Jason


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