Unlike the hip & cool people, I was blissfully unaware of Nirvana till one day in 1991 when I walked into the old Rediffusion for an interview with Chris Ho and Smells Like Teen Spirit was blasting away. When I was informed that Teen Spirit was a hit single, the only thing I could think of was that this band was ripping off the Pixies! Heh!!!
You've gotta understand that in 1990, the word was that rock was dead as the only significant rock band who made any impact on the charts was REM. Nobody (not even Nirvana) expected Nevermind (the band's sophomore effort) to be the zeitgeist maker it turned out to be. Suddenly, rock was in again... and unfortunately, the major labels thrashed the bandwagon to bits and created grunge. Ugh!
Still, this event coincided with the rise of Singapore indie music and probably thanks to Nirvana and Nevermind, the local radio stations were more receptive to playing Singapore indie music and the listeners were open to the music as well as the number of Singapore indie radio hits testified.
Next year, will mark the 20th anniversary of Nevermind's release and its legacy is strongly felt even today in having single-handedly brought alternative rock into the mainstream. Good or bad?
All of which bugged Nirvana's leader, Kurt Cobain immensely, he never wanted fame and fortune (or to be a spokesman of his generation) - he just wanted to rock.
Sadly, his fragile personality got the better of him and Cobain committed suicide in 1994. His music still lives on...