'Nevermind' by Nirvana, one of the most seminal rock albums of all time, turns 20 today (24/9) with its impact still being felt keenly by musicians and fans alike a generation on. Though initially considered a slow burner by the band's label Geffen - MTV.com reports they only originally distributed 46,521 copies to retailers in 1991 - it went onto bring the hitherto underground world of grunge music crashing into the mainstream, selling a phenomenal 30 million copies worldwide, achieving platinum status for 1 million units shifted nine weeks after its initial release.
Ultimately the propulsion to fame was to prove the undoing of their front man Kurt Cobain, and he tragically took his own life in 1994, leaving behind a legacy that's likely to reverberate for years to come. The surviving band members, KRIST NOVOSELIC and now-Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl, as well as its producer BUTCH VIG, have been doing the press rounds offering their thoughts on an album that - despite all they've achieved since, Grohl in particular - still largely defines their careers.
The album's drummer, Grohl told USA Today that "It was exactly like I hoped it would be. It's a real simple record. A drum set, a bass, a couple of guitar overdubs and a vocal that's doubled. That's it." Bassist Novoselic commented somewhat more sombrely, "There's a joy and a sadness for me, because of the way things ended. There's some anger. There's a whole lot of things. But in the end, listening to this music reminds me that this is what it was all about."