In just a few months Nirvana’s seminal album Nevermind turns 30, and as the anniversary approaches Dave Grohl looked back on its release and how its success not only took the music industry by surprise, but the band, too.

During a recent interview with Uncut (via NME) the drummer recalled friends freaking out about the album before its release and telling he and his bandmates, “Oh my God. You guys are going to be f–king huge!”

“We would go, ‘What? What are you talking about?’” he continued.

While people predicted the album’s success, the band did not.

Grohl noted what acts were popular in 1991, when Nevermind dropped.

“It was Wilson Phillips, it was Mariah Carey and f–king Bon Jovi. It was not bands like us,” he explained.

“So, it seemed totally implausible that we would ever even get close to that kind of success.”


It doesn’t mean the band wasn’t proud of it.

“It all sounded great: the drum sound at Sound City, Butch Vig’s production. The band was tight and Kurt’s songs were f–king great,” Grohl added.

“We would do one or two takes and maybe do an overdub here and there, Kurt would go in and do the vocal and it was crystal clear and so f–king powerful, melodic and beautiful that you’re proud of [it] – and we were definitely proud of it.”

Nevermind turns 30 on September 24, 2021.

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