As 'Nevermind' turns 25, here are nine facts you may or may not know about one of alternative rock's defining albums.
When Nirvana’s Nevermind was released on Sept. 24, 1991, it made a fairly low-key arrival on Billboard’s charts, debuting at No. 144 on the Billboard 200 and selling 6,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. That’s not surprising, considering the band was then still a relatively unknown group that had only just arrived on Billboard’s charts a few weeks earlier, with its eventually iconic single “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
Two-and-a-half decades later, it’s nearly impossible to imagine a world without Nevermind. Featuring guitarist/frontman Kurt Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic and a pre-Foo Fighters Dave Grohl on drums, the album catapulted alternative rock -- specifically the grunge subgenre fizzing in the Pacific Northwest -- into homes across America.
Along the way: a two-week run atop the Billboard 200 – the first of four No. 1s for the band between 1992 and 1996 – plus an Alternative Songs-topping single that paved the way for four more, one of which came after Cobain’s suicide on April 5, 1994, at age 27.