The grunge classic Nevermind by Nirvana is set to receive a 20th anniversary makeover. A hefty super deluxe edition will be released, comprising four CDs and a DVD including unreleased recordings, rarities, B-sides, BBC radio appearances, alternative mixes, rare live recordings and an unreleased concert in full.
And if that’s not enough to make you take out your frayed jeans and plaid shirt, the anniversary will be also be marked with various global events and releases throughout the year.
Released in 1991, Nevermind was Nirvana’s second album and met with immediate critical acclaim. The anthemic single Smell Like Teen Spirit was helped up the charts by its landmark music video which made it into the Guinness World Records in 2000 as the most-played music video on MTV Europe.
The album is also credited with bringing grunge music to the mainstream, courtesy of Kurt Cobain’s decision to write more hook-filled songs for Nevermind.
Unhappy with the detuned guitar aesthetics of the Seattle grunge scene, Cobain took his musical cues for the album from bands such as REM and the Pixies and described Smells Like Teen Spirit as an attempt to write the “ultimate pop-song”.
The record label DGC released the album with low commercial expectations, but Nevermind went on to sell more than 30 million records and dethroned Michael Jackson’s Dangerous at the top of the Billboard charts.
The 20th anniversary edition will be released in September.
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