My life with Nirvana started in 1991 or 1992. Probably 1992. Either way I was in 7th grade and just starting to define my musical tastes. Finding Nirvana (as well as Metallica and Megadeth) sparked my love of music that has continued to this day and this blog.
Back then, however, I was not so thorough when it came to bands I liked. I did go back and buy all the Metallica albums that came before the Black Album (including Garage Days Re-Revisited of course) but for some reason I skipped out on Bleach by Nirvana. Until about two weeks ago.
Strangely, it is exactly the kind of music I am digging now: metal-influenced-sludgy-punk with some guts behind it. 17 years after I started seriously listening to music I am right back where I started in way (although I am listening to MUCH more music now, in more styles and am much more thorough.)
Check out this video of Nirvana in Austria in 1989 for a bit of the raw urgency the band had when it started. The songs were still full of late-era Black Flag and Melvins heaviness with one of the richer voices to come out of the late 80’s punk scene. After that is some video footage of the band on tour in 1989. Sleeping on floors like a real punk band (a difficult to believe) 20 years ago.
(Head to Youtube to watch all 13 parts)