Dave Grohl – It was ‘unbelievable’, ‘Whatever’ would be huge

As we now know, Nirvana It does not matter changed the face of music in 1991, but Dave Grohl says he never envisioned the kind of success they would achieve, even though his friends were quick to praise the album before its release.

Talk with Uncut magazine, Grohl remembers a number of friends telling them they were going to be huge. “We were going, ‘What? What are you talking about ?’ », Continued the drummer. “Donita [Sparks] from L7 came over and said we were going to be huge. My old friend Barrett Jones, who I grew up with in Virginia, who was a musician and producer himself, heard ‘Lithium’ and said we were going to be huge. He thought ‘Lithium’ should be the first single. “

“Everyone had these high opinions and I was like, ‘Well, that’s nice of you to say that, but there’s no way that could happen,’” Grohl adds.

It was easy to see why Grohl had doubts when he added: “You also have to remember what was popular. [in music] at the time. It was Wilson Phillips, it was Mariah Carey and that fucking Bon Jovi. They weren’t groups like us. So it seemed totally unlikely that we would ever come close to that kind of success. “

That said, Grohl said he knew the band had a great record in their hands. “Everything sounded good: the sound of the drum [recording studio] Sound City, the production of Butch Vig. The band was tight and Kurt’s songs were great, “the drummer recalls.” We’d do a couple takes and maybe overdub here and there, Kurt would come in and do the vocals and it was crystal clear and so powerful. . , melodic and beautiful that you are proud of [it] – and we were really proud of it.

It does not matter was Nirvana’s second outing. After a September 1991 release, driven by the hit radio and MTV hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, the album finally reached number 1 in January 1992. The record would go on to make four singles with “Come As You Are,” ” Lithium “and” In bloom “next. The album is now certified diamond in the United States with over 10 million albums sold.

Earlier this year, Dave Grohl revealed that the living members of the band – himself, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear – are still getting together and jamming. “We don’t like to go through a big old Nirvana setlist, but we like to have fun and sometimes, while we’re laughing, songs come in. And you know, if we’re in a studio, we’ll record them. So we” J ‘ve recorded some really cool stuff. But we never did anything with it. But for us, I think, for us, it’s more like friends, falling out, it doesn’t really feel like sort of like a big official reunion or anything, “Grohl told Howard Stern. .

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