22 years ago this week, Nirvana released “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” It was meant to be an introduction to Nirvana’s soon-to-be-released “Nevermind” album, and as hard as it is to believe today, the song was not an instant hit, nor did the band or their record label expect it to be.
Flash forward several months later, and by the end of 1991, it was the biggest song in the United States. By 1992, it was clear that Nirvana had released one of the greatest rock albums of all time, and in doing so, they permanently altered the musical landscape, the way the music fans defined “Alternative Rock”, and as an unintentional side-effect, they single-handedly ended the era of big hair and glam metal in favor of something more raw and authentic.
To mark this important anniversary in music history, Nirvana is Slacker’s artist of the week.
This station is an overview of Nirvana’s musical DNA; you’ll hear their biggest hits, deep album tracks and rarities, and you’ll also hear from the bands that influenced their sound and development as well as their Seattle contemporaries and the legions of artists that followed in their footsteps.