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Nirvana Drops Nevermind Reissue Today

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Nevermind with Nirvana dropping a reissue of the record that changed the landscape of pop music in 1991. Initially, Nevermind got off to a slow start(just 45,000 copies in the whole of America). Then Smells Like Teen Spirit took off bumping sales up to 300,000 copies a week and dethroning Michael Jackson from No.1 in the US. Geffen thought Come As You Are would be the only hope for a mainstream breakthrough. Disc two of both the deluxe version and super deluxe version includes the demos the band recorded here in Madison. For the first time we hear demos of the record that pretty much buried the big hair metal bands of the 80's. Polly is the only track on Nevermind that was actually recorded at Smart Studios. The Smart Studio demos give us an inside look at the songs in their raw form before Butch Vig and Andy Wallace polished them up for the masses. The demos also yield a better understanding of why Kurt seemed so insecure at the time of the intial release. He had asked numerous insiders and friends back in 1991 if it sounded too much like Poison. Of course we know Nevermind sounded nothing like Poison. Novoselic has spent almost a year putting the reissue together. 'The Boombox Rehearsals', capture the first time songs like Smells Like Teen Spirit were played in the studio used as reference points for Cobain, Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl. "They were in the bottom of a box," Novoselic admits. "They almost got thrown out. I found them in the mid-'90s. They're interesting, in the context of this release. I mean, it's a cassette recording of a boom box. But when you're looking at this record and the work that went into it, it adds up." While he often ponders writing a book to document his memories of Cobain, for now Novoselic is happy with the peek behind the curtains the Nevermind reissue offers. "People tell me to this day 'Nirvana and Nevermind changed my life or my attitudes on music' and how it really spoke to them. I really appreciate that. For me personally I remember Kurt Cobain and I think 'Hey dude, good on you'. It's a good way to remember him and the vision he had."

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