To celebrate its 20th anniversary on Sept. 14, here's our track-by-track look back at Nirvana's classic third studio album, 1993's "In Utero."
Nirvana, and especially frontman Kurt Cobain, was hardly the first rock 'n' roll band to hate being loved. Happy as the trio undoubtably was over the game-changing success of 1991's "Nevermind," Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl were, like so many of their predecessors, a bit freaked out by the level of adoration (including a wholly unexpected mainstream pop crossover) and by media attention that flipped from fawning to endlessly intrusive, especially into Cobain's drug use and his marriage to Courtney Love. So when Nirvana went in to make 1993's "In Utero" it wanted to strip away some of the polish and re-embrace its abrasive punk rock roots.
After a brief courtship with producer Jack Endino, the group entered Minnesota's isolated Pachyderm Studio in the middle of winter (February 1993) to spend a tight 13 days recording and mixing with noted minimalist Steve Albini.