Origin: Seattle, Washington, USA  
Genres: Grunge Metal
Last update/review: February 22, 2015


Nirvana was, of course, one of the bands that precipitated the grunge scene of the early nineties. While many in the metal community disdain grunge and feel that the genre isn't really a metal genre per se (which, by itself, might be true), albums such as Nirvana's debut album Bleach owed much to punk and metal and thus warrants their inclusion here. Indeed, Bleach ranks with perhaps Tad's God's Balls as two of the most metallic of the early grunge albums. While Bleach laid the foundation for the band's career, it was of course the followup, 1991's Nevermind, that catapulted the band to superstardom, with lead single Smells Like Teen Spirit essentially the grunge rock/metal anthem of the year. Unfortunately the ride to the top would be a short one, as after a rushed compilation in Insecticide and a followup (In Utero) in 1993, Kurt Cobain's suicide in 1994 put an end to the band, though their legacy lives on. Drummer Dave Grohl went on to stardom in Foo Fighters (and, on a more metallic note, put out the excellent Probot album).

Last Lineup

Kurt Cobain

vocals/guitars RIP: April 5, 1994, suicide, age 27

Pat Smear


Chris Novoselic


David Grohl

drums (guest for Killing Joke, ex-Probot, ex-Queens Of The Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures)

Former Members/Guests

Jason Everman

guitars (ex-Mindfunk, ex-Old)

Chad Channing



1989 Sub Pop
  1. Blew
  2. Floyd The Barber
  3. About A Girl
  4. School
  5. Love Buzz
  6. Paper Cuts
  7. Negative Creep
  8. Scoff
  9. Swap Meet
  10. Mr. Moustache
  11. Sifting
  12. Big Cheese
  13. Downer
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Jason Everman
  • Chris Novoselic
  • Chad Channing

1991 Geffen
  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit
  2. In Bloom
  3. Come As You Are
  4. Breed
  5. Lithium
  6. Polly
  7. Territorial Pissings
  8. Drain You
  9. Lounge Act
  10. Stay Away
  11. On A Plain
  12. Something In The Way
  13. Endless Nameless
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Chris Novoselic
  • David Grohl
1991 Readers' Album #5

Incesticide  COMPILATION
1992 DGC
  1. You Know You're Right
  2. About a Girl
  3. Been a Son
  4. Sliver
  5. Smells Like Teen Spirit
  6. Come as You Are
  7. Lithium
  8. In Bloom
  9. Heart-Shaped Box
  10. Pennyroyal Tea
  11. Rape Me
  12. Dumb
  13. All Apologies (live)
  14. The Man Who Sold the World (live)
1992 Readers' Album #90

In Utero  
1993 DGC
  1. Dive
  2. Sliver
  3. Stain
  4. Been A Son
  5. Turnaround
  6. Molly's Lips
  7. Son Of A Gun
  8. (New Wave) Polly
  9. Beeswax
  10. Downer
  11. Mexican Seafood
  12. Hairspray Queen
  13. Aero Zeppelin
  14. Big Long Now
  15. Aneurysm
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Chris Novoselic
  • David Grohl
1993 Readers' Album #19

MTV Unplugged  
1994 DGC
  1. Serve The Servants
  2. Scentless Apprentice
  3. Heart-Shaped Box
  4. Rape Me
  5. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle
  6. Dumb
  7. Very Ape
  8. Milk It
  9. Pennyroyal Tea
  10. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
  11. Tourette's
  12. All Apologies
  13. Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Pat Smear
  • Chris Novoselic
  • David Grohl

From The Muddy Banks Of Wishkah  
1996 Geffen
  1. About A Girl
  2. Come As You Are
  3. Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam
  4. The Man Who Sold The World
  5. Pennyroyal Tea
  6. Dumb
  7. Polly
  8. On A Plain
  9. Something In The Way
  10. Plateau
  11. Oh Me
  12. Lake Of Fire
  13. All Apologies
  14. Where Did You Sleep Last Night
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Pat Smear
  • Chris Novoselic
  • David Grohl
1996 Readers' Album #90

2002 DGC

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