Wisco and the MadCity have a soft spot in their collective hearts for “Nevermind.” The album was produced by Butch Vig and the band traveled out to Vig’s Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin, recording from April 2 to 6, 1990.
On April 6, the band played a local show in Madison with fellow Seattle band Tad. Vig began to mix the recordings while the band hung out in Madison, giving an interview to Madison’s community radio station WORT on April 6th.
“Nevermind” was released on September 24, 1991 and was responsible in part for bringing both alternative rock and grunge music to a mainstream audience. It’s #17 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and in 2005, the Library of Congress added it to the National Recording Registry, which collects “culturally, historically or aesthetically important” sound recordings from the 20th century.
During the MTV Video Music Awards, Nirvana play “Lithium.” Some of you might remember Krist misjudging the fly-ball after he tosses his bass high in the air near the end. The resulting smack in the noggin staggers him pretty good Still — an awesome performance.
BTW, that’s Guns ‘N Roses basist Duff Mckagen at the end of the performance yapping, “Hi Axel!” into the mic. Cobain and Axel Rose had been feuding for awhile and it looked like this was the night things would come to head.
Cobain had once said GNR was a band “with nothing to say.” Later, Rose said at a concert that both Cobain and Courtney Love were “fuckin’ junkies.”
At these MTV Music Awards, Love and Rose run into each other backstage and Love mockingly asks Rose if he’d “… be the godfather to their new baby.” On and on it goes, ending with Cobain’s suicide.
The Foo Fighters founder was called out by 10-year-old Nandi Bushell — who’s a bit of a percussion sensation across the pond. She did a cover of FF’s “Everlong,” taking care of Dave’s drum section with incredible precision and flair …
Foo Fighters’ 5th studio album turns 15 today … released on June 15, 2005. John Paul Jones plays on a couple tracks. Nora Jones appears, too, for some vocal work. The double album shows the range of the band perfectly.