Novoselic's younger brother, Robert, brought home a new friend one day, Kurt Cobain, who was impressed with the fact that Novoselic was a punk fan. The two had several mutual friends (including the members of a burgeoning local band named the Melvins) and began hanging out shortly thereafter. During his senior year of high school, Novoselic had surgery done on his jaw, fixing his underbite. Cobain tried convincing Novoselic to form a band with him, and after turning down the invitation numerous times, he finally agreed. The duo went through a series of names (and a revolving door of drummers) until settling on Nirvana. The new group specialized in stripped-down punk rock, and was a complete reaction against all the horrible glam metal that had been glutting the charts and the airwaves for years -- taking a pro-feminist stance amidst the overabundance of testosterone-heavy "macho" rock. Their debut release for Sub Pop, 1989's Bleach, established an underground following with the college rock crowd, and shortly after the release of 1991's Nevermind (their first for Geffen), the trio's popularity exploded, as they spearheaded the whole Seattle movement (which included Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, etc.). But after only two more releases (the 1992 B-sides collection Incesticide and 1993's In Utero), Nirvana would abruptly come to an end with Cobain's tragic suicide in April of 1994.
While with Nirvana, Novoselic helped arrange a 1993 benefit show at the Cow Palace in San Francisco that benefited Bosnian rape victims. After Nirvana, Novoselic organized J.A.M.P.A.C. (Joint Artists and Music Promotions Political Actions Committee), which fought against Washington State bills that threatened to limit the distribution and sale of music that certain government groups deemed obscene. Novoselic also teamed up with ex-Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra and ex-Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil for a 1999 protest show in Seattle against the World Trade Organization. In addition, Novoselic was a member of the duo Sweet 75, releasing a lone self-titled album in 1997 before breaking up, and by the dawn of the 21st century, was focusing on compiling rare Nirvana tracks for a proposed box set. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi