There have been few bands in the course of music history as respected, as influential or as timeless as Nirvana. On Thursday night, the two surviving members of the band along with Courtney Love, Michael Stipe from R.E.M. as well as some of Kurt Cobain’s relatives were on hand to celebrate the historic moment.
They were true rock pioneers and heaped not pave the way for the grunge experience of the 90s but helped throw the dynamite that would later explode for the next decade. It’s hard to believe that Nirvana was only internationally popular for three years before Kurt Cobain killed himself in 1994, but the band’s rich history dates back far before the release of 1991′s Nevermind and to the garages of Aberdeen, Washington.
It was here, in the basements of their homes, that Kurt Cobain and Krist Noveselic gave birth to Nirvana and while they would become famous for songs like ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and ‘Heart-Shaped Box’, the band truly represented the American Dream as it’s historically told.
But what made the band unique was their rejection of the traditional American Dream story in favor of their own story, which they made up on the fly. The band came to an end much in the same way it lived — wildly unhinged and violently.
In this day an age of over saturated musical genres and bubblegum pop songs that can be pre-recorded and sung by any good looking person, it’s almost hard to look back at Nirvana’s backwoods mentality of not caring about anything except having a good time, even at the expense of their own music.
That’s what art is, as it’s not always beautiful and it doesn’t always sound right but you know it when you see or hear it.