Nevermind has become one of the most influential and recognised albums in the history of music. Butch Vig worked on the album with Nirvana back in 1991 and from then, with songs like Smells Like Teen Spirit and Come As You Are, the band hit the world stage.
The album opens with the biggest song from the band, the highly covered Smells Like Teen Spirit. Somewhat powerful lyrics echo all throughout the song.
“With the lights out, it’s less dangerous, here we are now, entertain us,
I feel stupid and contagious, here we are now, entertain us”
Kurt revealed in an interview that the song was inspired by a band called The Pixies, one he admired on a massive scale, but that also he hadn’t written it until a few weeks before taking the rest of the album into the recording studio. He presented it to the band as just a riff, to which after playing over and over again, Krist dismissed it as being ‘ridiculous’. Kurt then replied with this,
“‘Wait a minute. Why don’t we just kind of slow this down a bit?’ So I started playing the verse part. And Dave [started] playing a drum beat.”
Smells Like Teen Spirit is the only song on Nevermind that lists all three members as song writers and was in the top 10 in fifteen different charts.
Come As You Are is another well known song, as is Lithium and Polly but all have strong lyrics and themes like the preliminary song, Smells Like Teen Spirit. A grunge tone is set throughout the album, even in the final song, Something In The Way, an acoustic and more mellowing song on the album. The tone of voice is what suggests to me that it is still damaging, but key in the lead into the bands third and unexpected final album, In Utero.