Pearl Jam is in anniversary overload this year, Soundgarden is recording again and currently touring the states. So now, it seems, is the perfect time to remind us of that other little band from Seattle, the one that effectively started the whole flannel-sporting, gear-grinding grunge scene: Nirvana.
And it’s hard to believe, but still true — two decades have passed since Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and the late Kurt Cobain changed the post-punk playbook with their landmark September 1991 release “Nevermind,” which — thanks to its breakthrough single/video “Smells Like Teen Spirit” — topped album charts around the world and went on to sell over 30 million copies.
So you can guess what’s coming.
On Sept. 20, Universal Music Enterprises will release a deluxe 20th anniversary edition of “Nevermind,” containing three CDs and one DVD, a fitting tribute to the genre-defining disc.
It will include previously unreleased recordings, rarities, B-sides, alternative mixes, live-on-air appearances taped at BBC Radio, and more.
The DVD itself is a keeper — it’s a full, never-before-released Nirvana concert from that heady era, in its entirety. Afterwards, more anniversary releases and events are being scheduled.
Keep up with them at www.nirvana.com.