Nirvana: 50 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know

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The band originally started with only Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Dave Grohl didn't join until later in 1990.
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Despite the only band only putting out three official albums in their time together, they have sold over 25 million records worldwide, and 50 million throughout the world.
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Cobain's Daughter Frances Bean has a pretty spectacular set of godparents. Drew Barrymore is her godmother, and Michael Stipe of REM is her godfather.
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The rubber ducky on the back side of the album is, Incesticide, is reportedly Cobain's. He also painted the front cover art.
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Cobain used the pseudonym "Kurdt Kobain," in the liner notes of Incesticide, other releases, in order to distance himself from the music, so he did not become more revered.
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Cobain and Novoselic met originally while attending Aberdeen High, but did not officially hook up until later when they both hung around the band, "Melvins," practice space.
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The band had a number of names before settling on "Nirvana," including, Skid Row, Pen Cap Chew, Bliss, and Ted Ed Fred.
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The band went through five different drummers from 1987 - 1990 until finally settling on Grohl.
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They were the first band to sign an extended contract with now legendary independent record label, Sub Pop Records.
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The amount of money it cost to produce their first album, Bleach, in 1988 was $606.17 according to the album sleeve.
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One of the members of the band the Melvins, is the one who introduced Cobain and Novoselic to Grohl, it seems the Melvins played a fairly large role in joining these three men together.
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Nirvana left Sub Pop in 1990 after becoming unhappy with their promotion skills, and took Kim Gordon of the Pixies advice and joined DGC Records.
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Andy Wallace, who mixed Slayer's records, was brought in to mix Nevermind, perhaps strangely enough since Cobain had said that these songs were "much happier, than the angrier songs on Bleach."
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Once "Smells Like Teen Spirit," was released in 1991 it rocketed the band to unprecedented levels of stardom, as Billboard put it, "they are that rare band that has everything: critical acclaim, industry respect, pop radio appeal, and a rock-solid college/alternative base."
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Nevermind went on to sell over 7 million copies upon release, really behind the strength of the single "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
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The band chose not to tour in support of Nevermind, with Cobain citing exhaustion and just played a handful of select shows.
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In 1992 Cobain sought to gain the majority of song writing royalties, including reaching back to the Nevermind credits, which led to high tensions and problems within the band.
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With rumors spreading that Cobain's health was breaking up the band they headlined the Reading Music Festival in London, and this show today is widely considered one of their best.
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A few days after the Reading Festival, the band played the MTV VMA Awards where they were told they could not play "Rape Me." Cobain went out and sang the first few bars of the song before moving into another.
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Incesticide, was an attempt to continue Nirvana's insane popularity with remastered versions of all the songs previously had by fans in a much worse sound quality.
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In 1993 Nirvana released "Puss/Oh, the Guilt," a split single with the Jesus Lizard.
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The band did not originally like some of the mixes on In Utero, so they hired R.E.M.'s producer to help them out.
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For their legendary 1993 Unplugged performance, the band purposely chose to not play their biggest hits, and stick to deep cuts and unique covers.
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A CD featuring the best of their live material and their Unplugged was scheduling for release in 1994, but rejected when Novoselic and Grohl found it too emotionally difficult to go through the material.
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Cobain felt pressured to sound like the Sub Pop punk bands of the time on Bleach, so he reportedly suppressed his pop writing sensibilities for later releases.
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Cobain said that he wanted to sound like the Pixies, but was too intimidated to try.
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The band was notorious in early performances for smashing their equipment which Novoselic said was a shtick in order to get them off stage faster.
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Cobain usually wrote the lyrics for songs just minutes before recording them.
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The lyrics from Nevermind, were culled from two years worth of poetry that Cobain picked and chose his favorites from.
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Bleach is Sub Pop's best selling release ever.
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Nirvana did not welcome their success with open arms, turning down offers from U2, Guns & Roses, and a headlining Lollapalooza spot in 1994.
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After playing the 1992 VMA Awards, Cobain spat on a piano he thought was going to be played by Axl Rose. It was actually Elton John's.
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Going along with how influential the Melvins were to Nirvana, Cobain named his cat, "Melvin."
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When appearing on MTV's early show "Headbanger's Ball," Cobain wore a large yellow ball gown.
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The band was influenced by bands like Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin, and thus recorded the song "Aero Zeppelin," in 1988.
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Nirvana played Saturday Night Live in 1992.
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Cobain wore green pajamas to his wedding with Courtney Love in 1992.
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Incesticide, which was released in 1992 after Nevermind, is actually a compilation album full of previously released B-sides, demos, and covers.
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Cobain was diagnosed with ADD as a child.
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Novoselic has since reunited with Grohl on a couple of Foo Fighters tracks.
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The band has been a large supporter of free speech and in 1992 joined with the Washington Music Industry Coalition that campaigned against a bill that was trying to declare certain albums "erotic."
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Cobain came up with the idea for the now iconic Nevermind album cover after watching a water birth documentary.
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Cobain's body was found by an electrician who had come over to install a security system. He had been dead for a few days.
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As you cross over into Aberdeen, Washington, the sign says "Come As You Are," in tribute to Cobain.
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Cobain was first heavily influenced by the Beatles, as he always sang "Hey Jude," and pined to purchase their singles.
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Nirvana was known to occasionally wear their influences on their sleeves, and cover "Immigrant Song," "Dazed and Confused," and "Heartbreaker."
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Once Cobain got famous he used his fame to promote lesser known bands such as bringing out members of "The Meat Puppets," during their Unplugged and covering their songs. Cobain also frequently wore Daniel Johnston T-shirts.
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Cobain had wanted Nirvana's next album to sound, "pretty ethereal, acoustic, like R.E.M."
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The title "Smells Like Teen Spirit," came after one of Cobain's early friends wrote "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit," on his apartment wall. She was referencing the girl deodorant at the time but he got inspired to go a different direction.
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As early as age four Cobain was playing piano and singing songs he made up about their family adventures.
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