If you talk to those who know the West Coast of the USA, they’ll tell you that saying Nirvana came from Seattle is a little misleading. Kurt Cobain was born in Aberdeen, a town with a shipbuilding history and a much less cafe latte tone that the larger metropolis 100 miles northeast. This fits the music of Nirvana a whole lot better.
Releasing their first album on the independent Sub Pop label in 1989, the trio of Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and (from 1990) drummer Dave Grohl fused melody and noise to spearhead what is known as the Seattle grunge scene. It is amazing to reflect on how Cobain’s intense songs of social alienation connected with so many listeners across the globe. Nevermind knocked Michael Jackson's "Dangerous" off the number 1 spot on the Billboard 200. Talk about a sea change in musical tastes! Eventually, the 1991 the album was certified Diamond, meaning sales of over ten million. Now that is a serious crossover from ‘alternative’ into mainstream. Nirvana’s career was curtailed by the death of Kurt Cobain, yet their legacy continues.