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20 years after Nevermind musicians still credit Nirvana for changing the course of their development

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Happier times: Cobain, Grohl, and Novoselic just before the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind.





Bryan Foster
The Offbeats

“The thing that influenced me (and our band’s music) the most about Nevermind is the hooks. It’s probably the ‘hookiest’ album that has ever been made. The songs all jump out and grab you. ‘Drain You,’ ‘On A Plain,’ ‘In Bloom,’ ‘Lithium’ … they could have been Beatles’ songs. As far as rock and roll albums go, [Nevermind is] still hard to beat.”







Jeff Smith

Nevermind meant to me that the underground scene I had been part of for a decade was now in the mainstream. It was kind of bittersweet. On the one hand, it offered some validation and it was nice to see a group that was part of the same circuit I was in really make it, but on the other was the realization that it probably had more to do with David Geffen needing a new vehicle to market blue jeans with than anything else.”





Daniel Aaron

“The emergence of Nirvana pretty much ended the hair band gravy train that I was riding on with Dangerous Toys, which always seemed somewhat superficial to me anyway, and brought with it a much needed ‘fuck you’ to the mindless noodle-headed guitarists of my day. It was the end of an era and a cue for me to sober up and move on with my life and let the new punks on the musical block take over.”




Alex Scheel
Pop Pistol

“When it came out I was 6 and I was afraid of it. I found Nevermind again at the age of 13 in a tape I found. In the summer we would drive to the beach and it would be the only music playing for the entire trip.”







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