“I will always be jealous of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind'”
Jame Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers discussed the importance of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” as the genre-defining album celebrates its 30th anniversary.
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The iconic LP, released on September 24, 1991 and featuring hit singles such as “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Come As You Are”, saw Nirvana – composed of Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic – bring alternative music into mainstream audiences, inspiring legions of music fans and three generations of musicians along the way.
A musician deeply touched by the magnum opus of Nirvana is Manics frontman James Dean Bradfield, who spoke to NME about the importance of the album and the track ‘Lithium’.
“When I listen to ‘Nevermind’ I just think, ‘God, this is just amazing,’” Bradfield explained. ‘Lithium’ is the one I like. You hear this song and you just know the band is all looking at each other and swinging and saying, “We know how to do this”.
“It’s a beautiful moment when you know everything clicks. [Manics] had that on ‘The Holy Bible’, and I just knew we had it in the bag with the way we played in the studio.
He continued, “I’ve said a few stupid things about Nirvana in the past, but I think I’ve always been a little pissed off about how people said ‘Nevermind’ was year zero when it was really a massive echo of Sex Pistols’ ‘Never Mind The Bollocks …’, in my opinion. You know: the cohesion of this record, the beautiful straight lines that were recorded so clearly but were still so powerful …
“There are no frills on any of these files. They are both surprisingly concise but still beautifully recorded. The guitars are like a moving division of molten lava panza coming towards you, but never disorganized. It’s still so organized. I have been jealous of ‘Nevermind’ for a long time, and always will be. A great rock record is one of the hardest things to do.
Meanwhile, Nirvana announced a special reissue of “Nevermind” to mark the iconic album’s 30th anniversary.
It is expected to be remastered from the original half-inch stereo analog tapes in high-resolution 192 kHz 24-bit for a series of re-releases, which will be released on November 12.