Remembering Kurt Cobain On His Birthday

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(Photo courtesy of last.fm)

(Photo courtesy of last.fm)

Today would have been [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kurt Cobain[/lastfm]‘s 45th birthday.

So in remembrance, Jack FM is making [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Nirvana[/lastfm]‘s “In Bloom” our Song of the Day.

They were the voice of a generation.

Formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Krist Novoselic[/lastfm], Nirvana was one of Seattle’s premiere grunge rock bands.  They first rose to local prominence in 1989 with their debut album, Bleach, which was released independently on the Sub Pop label.  Although it was well-received by critics and became a favorite among college radio stations, Bleach initially failed to chart in the U.S. or produce any hit singles.

After signing with DGC Records and hiring [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Dave Grohl[/lastfm] as their drummer, Nirvana released their second album, Nevermind, in September 1991.  Taking everyone by surprise, the album was a huge commercial success, selling over 30 million copies worldwide and landing at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.  Critics regarded Nevermind as one of the best rock albums of all time, and its popularity brought grunge to the mainstream.  Singles such as “Come as You Are,” “Lithium,” “In Bloom” and the No. 1 Modern Rock hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit” cemented the band’s superstar status in the music world, much to their discontent.

The less-polished, more natural In Utero followed in ’93.  Another commercial and critical success, In Utero debuted atop the Billboard 200, and the singles “Heart-Shaped Box” and “All Apologies” went to No. 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.

In October 1993, Nirvana embarked on their first U.S. tour in nearly two years.  A European tour was planned for early ’94, but it was cancelled after Cobain was found unconscious in his Italian hotel room.  At this time, the singer’s heroin addiction had also resurfaced and, following an intervention, checked himself into rehab.  But his stay was brief; he left rehab a week later and returned to Seattle.

Sadly, Kurt Cobain’s life came to a tragic end on April 8th, 1994 when he was discovered dead in his home from a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head.  He was 27.

Nirvana disbanded shortly thereafter.

Check out Nirvana performing “Lithium” at the 1992 Reading Festival.  Jack FM is happy because we, too, have found our friends inside our head.

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