Butch Vig had a front row seat to history. The producer and Garbage co-founder was behind the boards for the recording of Nirvana's landmark 1991 album Nevermind, which was initially laid down at Vig's legendary Smart Studios in Madison, Wis.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album that delivered such grunge classics as "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Come As You Are," "In Bloom" and "Drain You," Vig sat down with Apple Music Hits' Strombo to talk about the band's pre-fame silliness, late singer Kurt Cobain's mental health struggles, and why Nirvana tried to distance themselves from the LP that has sold more than 30 million copies since its Sept. 24, 1991, release.
"When [Kurt] was on, he was really focused. He was funny witty, and, and grin ready to go," Vig said of the singer-guitarist who was legendarily intense about the details of his art while describing the trio's relationship before they became the biggest band on the planet. "So I just had to know. I had to have everything set up in the studio. [Bassist] Krist [Novoselic] has always been really amiable and kind of low key, easygoing, and what [drummer] Dave [Grohl] also brought besides incredible drumming was he was goofy. And he brought a lot of little levity to the band. And quite frankly, they were having the time of their lives."