Nirvana Trivia


  • Trivia

    • In December of 1991, Nevermind sold over 400,000 copies per week.

    • R.E.M. producer Scott Litt remixed "Heart Shaped Box" and "All Apologies" for Nirvana.

    • Nirvana signed to DGC records in 1990.

    • "Smells Like Teen Spirit" caused Kurt Cobain to be considered the spokesperson of Generation X.

    • Even though they only released three studio albums, Nirvana is the best-selling trio of all time. They've sold over 40 million albums worldwide and close to 25 million in the U.S.

    • During his teens, Kurt often spray painted GOD IS GAY on pickup trucks around his native Aberdeen.

    • Nirvana's song Smells Like Team Spirit is ranked #41 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll.

    • Nirvana is #6 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artist of Hard Rock.

    • Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was considered the fifth most important video of MTV's 25 years anniversary countdown in Latin America.

    • Kurt Cobain states that whenever someone writes NIRVANA that it be in all capital letters,stating it's importance.

    • "Weird Al" Yankovic covered NIRVANA's song, "Smells like Teen Spirit" and called it "Smells like NIRVANA"

    • Kurt had the Fender company create a new guitar for him based off of his own custom design called the Fender Jag-Stang. The guitar got the name because they were a combination of the Fender Jaguar & Mustang guitars which Kurt had used prominently throughout Nirvana's career. There were 2 different Fender Jag-Stangs made. One was Sonic Blue & the second was Fiesta Red. The 2nd was completed around the time of Kurt's death.

    • Nirvana had to pay off two other musical groups that also had the name "Nirvana" to retain rights to the name.

    • In Utero was recorded in about 2 weeks in March 1993.

    • Kurt's first ever punk rock concert was a show by Black Flag that he went to with Melvins front man Buzz Osbourne.

    • Krist earned his amateur's pilot license in 2002 & he is able to fly small engine planes.

    • Kevin Kerslake directed Nirvana's music videos for the songs: Come As You Are, In Bloom (dresses & edited versions), Sliver, & collaborated with Mark Racco on the video for Lithium.

    • Some of the photographers of Nirvana's career included Martyn Goodacre, Steve Gullick, Stephen Sweet, Charles Peterson, Micheal Lavine, Alice Wheeler, Niels Van Iperen, Anton Corbijn, Ian Tilton, Michel Linssen, Mick Hutson, Paul Bergen, Peter Pakvis, Ebet Roberts, Donna Santisi, George Chin, Rafaella Cavalieri, Martina Raddatz, Grant Davis, Ian Dickson, Mark Seliger, Kirk Weddle, Charlie Hoselton, Steve Pyke, Hugo Dixon among others.

    • Original tribute songs or Nirvana/Cobain tribute references in songs have been done by bands such as For Squirrels, Red Hot Chili Peppers, REM, Pearl Jam, Wesley Willis, Neil Young, Patti Smith, Hole & many others.

    • At least 8 Nirvana interview CDs have been released worldwide. Many rehash the same interview of Nirvana before Nevermind was released & change the name of the CD. The rest are either various sound clips of the band with narration or just interviews with people who knew the band or were influenced by them at some point in their life.

    • There have been many Nirvana tribute covers released over the years including: Tribute to Nirvana (13 obscure Swedish rock bands Nirvana covers) The String Tribute to Nirvana (9 Nirvana covers included) Smells Like Nirvana: A Tribute to Nirvana (12 Nirvana covers) Smells Like Bleach, A Nirvana Tribute (13 Nirvana covers including the band Flipper) In Extremis - Nirvana Remixed (7 tracks) Cocktail Nirvana - Jazz Tribute (15 tracks) Covers Nirvana - by Tritone (8 tracks)

    • Doctors reportedly prescibed Kurt ritalin when he was a child because he was very hyper & had an endless amount of energy.

    • The Experience Music Project in Seattle holds many different rock artifacts including a shattered Kurt Cobain guitar, footage of Dave's first show with Nirvana from 1990 & a group of stage props from Nirvana's In Utero tour.

    • In possibly the biggest online music auction ever in 2000 a Nirvana-Mudhoney poster signed by Kurt Cobain was auctioned off.

    • In 1999 an exhibit in London featured photos by Steve Gullick, who photographed the band in their pre-"Nevermind" days & Martin Goodacre, who took the classic image of Kurt that appeared on the cover British music paper "NME" the week after his death.

    • In 2002 tech savvy DJ's mashed up the Destiny's Child song "Bootilicious" with Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit under the name "Smells Like Booty" & released it on the internet.

    • Courtney Love has claimed she has about 109 cassette tapes of unreleased Nirvana/Kurt material, some of which is "awe-inspiring"
      now some of wich introduced in Nirvanas New Box Set. "With the lights out".

    • Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' video has been played on MTV in the UK more than any other track.

    • Kurt's Mosrite Gospel Mark IV guitar sold for $117,500 in 2004.

    • In 2001 according to SoundScan & MTV, Nirvana's US career album sales broke down as follows: In the US the group's 1989 debut, Bleach, sold 1.44 million copies to that date, followed by 1991's Nevermind at 7.65 million, the 1992 B-sides/rarities collection Incesticide at 1.13 million, & the band's final studio album, 1993's In Utero, at 3.58 million. Nirvana's two posthumous live releases, 1994's MTV Unplugged in New York & 1996's From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (both of which were assembled by Grohl & Novoselic) had sold 4.11 million & 1.15 million copies just in the US
      and still rising to date.

    • Some celebrity Nirvana fans include everyone from Jared Leto, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Paul Walker, & Shakira and many, Many more.

    • Archive Footage of Kurt has been used many times including: E! 101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment (2003) 25 Years of Punk (2001) Kurt & Courtney (1998).

    • Nirvana appeared at number 25 on VH1 All Access Rock's Rich List.

    • Nirvana was the first band ever to play Saturday Night Live twice.

    • Krist & Dave both have been married & divorced, Dave divorced Jennifer Youngblood in 1997 & Krist divorced Shelli Dilley in 2000.

    • Nirvana often hand picked their own opening acts .

    • MTV wouldn't let Nirvana play Rape Me at the 1992 VMA's but then aired a performance of the song during at MTV's Live & Loud performance recorded in December 1993

    • "Marigold" is the only Nirvana song without any vocals from Kurt.

    • Frances Bean Cobain was almost 20 months old when Kurt died.

    • Nirvana elected against making a video for All Apologies

    • Krist has a younger brother & sister named Robert & Diana

    • Nirvana roadie/guitar tech John Duncan played 2nd guitar on 4 songs at the 07/23/93 show at the Roseland Ballroom in New York

    • "Love Buzz" is credited as Nirvana's first single.

    • Kurt & Dave never finished high school but Krist did.

    • Nirvana will be eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2014

    • The hosts when Nirvana performed on Saturday Night Live were Rob Morrow & Charles Barkley.

    • If Nirvana had stuck with the Sub-Pop label as originally planned for their second album it would have been titled "Sheep".

    • Kurt's early jobs before becoming a full time musician included being a janitor of his old school for eight months, working part time as a dishwasher & being a lifeguard for a summer at the local YMCA

    • Some Nirvana related songs & tributes have appeared in these movies: Moulin Rouge! 2001 - Smells Like Teen Spirit Dark Night 2000 - Smells Like Teen Spirit Mrs. Death 2: Hells Fury 2000 - In Bloom (as Nirvana) Weird Al Yankovic Live! 1999 - Smells Like Nirvana Jerry Maguire 1996 - Something In The Way (uncredited).

    • Nirvana's 1st song on the radio was reportedly "Floyd The Barber".

    • Krist's parents were immigrants from Croatia.

    • Kurt reportedly saw Courtney for the first time in her role in the movie "Straight To Hell".

    • Kurt once said that "Drain You" was one of his favorite song to play.

    • Heart Shaped Box is reportedly the last song ever performed in concert by Nirvana.

    • Kurt's Uncle Chuck gave him his first guitar & he also had uncles named Larry Smith & Art Cobain.

    • Dave nor Krist have performend any Nirvana songs in concert since Nirvana ended.

    • Kurt Cobain was cremated; some of his ashes were scattered in a Buddhist temple in New York where they were mixed with clay & baked into 12 tiny, cone-shaped sculptures which Buddhists call tsatsas. Courtney Love requested the sculptures were stored at the UW Burke Museum, where they were on display as a part of an anthropological exhibition, "Smells Like Cobain's Spirit" in 1996, some of his ashes were scattered in McLane Creek, Washington State, some were scattered around a willow tree on the former Cobain estate (which were later recovered upon Courtney selling the house) & the rest are with Courtney Love & Kurt's mother Wendy. Frances Bean is said to inherit them someday

    • During the Unplugged rehearsals the band was only able to go over 11 of the 14 songs they intended to play. After Where Did You Sleep Last Night MTV tried to get Nirvana to play more songs but Kurt declined saying that he couldn't do better than his last performance.

    • Krist is the President & Founder of JAMPAC (Joint Artists & Music Promotions Political Action Committee) founded in 1995.

    • Nirvana was offered a Gibson endorsement but Kurt reportedly couldn't find a Gibson (type of guitar) he liked

    • Kirk Canning played cello on "Something In The Way," Kera Schaley played cello on the In Utero album while Lori Goldston & Melora Craeger played cello on the In Utero tour.

    • Krist has appeared on or been a member of these bands albums: Sweet 75, Eyes Adrift, Sky Cries Mary, The No W.T.O. Combo, appeared on Mark Lanegan & Mike Watt albums, engineered 1 song on Krishna Das "Live on Earth" album, performed on a Willie Nelson tribute & played bass on a song Johnny Cash covered of Nelson's named "Time of the Preacher".

    • Nirvana's self titled greatest hits album is also called "Best Of 1988-1994".

    • The working title for Bleach was "Too Many Humans"

    • A pawnshop "Stella" acoustic guitar was used to record "Polly".

    • Krist credited "Spank Thru" as the first Nirvana song

    • Kurt's father Don was a auto mechanic & his mother Wendy was a cocktail waitress

    • Courtney had a plaster cast made of Kurt's hands.

    • When Nirvana won their 1st award at the 1992 MTV Music Awards they had a Michael Jackson
      impersonator accept the award claiming he was the "King of Grunge".

    • A doctor attributed Kurt's horrendous stomach pains to a pinched nerve.

    • Nirvana & Kurt references have appeared in hundreds of TV shows, movies & specials

    • Some songs on Nevermind are written about or have references to Kurt's ex-girlfriend Tobi Vail.

    • Police found a can of root beer & Camel Lights cigarrettes by Kurt when he passed away. REM's 'Automatic for the People' was in his stereo in his room

    • Frances Bean's (Kurt Cobain's daughter) godmother is Drew Barrymore.

    • Krist also played bass on "Big Me" with the Foo Fighters December 9, 1999 in Seattle

    • Dave has appeared on The Bangles 2003 release Doll Revolution, sang the song "Goodbye Lament" on former Black Sabbath guitarists Tommi Iommi's first solo album IOMMI,
      did an introduction on MXPX's album The Ever Passing Moment, played some guitar on
      the album Heathen by David Bowie, guested on Earthlings? - The Earthlings? album,
      co-wrote a song "This Loving Thing" for Joe Doe's 1998 release, is credited on The
      Stinky Puffs album Tiny Little Smelly Bit, Reeves Gabrels Ulysses album, Honky Mofo's
      s/t album & played on his former bands Scream & Harlingtox A.D. albums

    • Dave has also done a column for the NY Times, released a side project under the name Probot, produced an album for the band Verbena, played on three songs on the album You Are Free by Cat Power, guested on the self titled Tenacious D album (even appearing in their "Tribute" video as the devil), played drums on the self titled album by the band Killing Joke & sold millions of records with the Foo Fighters

    • Dave has done a voiceover on the MTV movie "Daria: Is It Fall Yet?" composed the score
      for the movie "Touch" played drums on the "Backbeat" soundtrack & also played drums on
      the P Diddy remix for the song "It's All About The Benjamins" the band Garbage's song
      "Bad Boyfriend" the Queens of the Stone Age album "Songs For The Deaf" & played on
      Mike Watt's "Ball-Hog or Tugboat?" album on the song "Against the '70s"

    • "Drain You" was originally called "Formula."

    • Kurt was left handed while Dave & Krist are both right handed

    • Kurt's favorite guitar was reportedly the 1969 Fender Competition Mustang

    • In the book Journals the first real entry is "dont read my journal when i'm gone"

    • Dave & Krist both were apart of the Pearl Jam hosted Monkey Wrench Radio Special in January 1995 which aired Dave's demo of the song "Exhausted" recorded 1/94 during the session in which Nirvana recorded "You Know You're Right".

    • -Spencer Eldon (the baby on the Nevermind cover) also appears on the cover of The Dragon Experience, the third solo CD by industrial group Skinny Puppy's cEvin Key released in 2003 & he even re-created (with pants on) the Nirvana cover for a Rolling Stone story about the 10 year anniversary of Nevermind in 2001

    • Kurt's favorite Beatles song was reportedly "Yellow Submarine"

    • The Beatles song "In My Life" was reportedly played at Kurt's funeral.

    • Kurt's original idea for the cover of Nevermind was a lady giving birth underwater

    • Krist first met Buzz Osbourne from the Melvins at a Taco Bell where Krist once worked

    • During Kurt's life he colored his hair many colors including red & blue

    • On the astrological chart Kurt is a Pisces, Krist is a Taurus & Dave is a Capricorn

    • Brieanne appeared on an episode of the MTV show "The Osbournes" as a house guest of Courtney Love, when Ozzy went to visit her.

    • Kurt has a half brother & sister named Chad & Brieanne

    • Nirvana biggest crowds in a concert ever was in Brazil on January 1993

    • Kurt's middle name was Donald, Dave's is Eric & Krist's is Anthony

    • The song "Sliver" was recorded in two takes & in about an hour

    • Kurt was on the wrestling team in high school.

    • The song "About A Girl" was written about Kurt's then live-in girlfriend Tracy Mirander.

    • Before Courtney, Kurt had a few girlfriends including Tracy Mirander, Toby Vail & even briefly dated musician Mary Lou Lord. Mary Lou Lord met Kurt Cobain on Sept. 21st 1991 while the Nirvana front man was in Boston. Nevermind was not out yet, but I knew almost every song on the album back to front. I had an advance copy for weeks and I knew it was something very special. Nirvana were about to begin the Nevermind release tour and it was released 3 days after we met. Kurt and I struck up a very intense, although brief, thanks to Courtney (Love), who later entered into the picture, relationship. He introduced me to a few people that would later change the course of my life."

    • Kurt's favorite movie was reportedly "Paris, Texas" but he also liked "Over The Edge" & "Rear Window"

    • If you own a 1997 Nirvana calender which is out of print it is reportedly worth $100 US

    • Kurt's favorite book was reportedly "Perfume" by Patrick Suskind

    • Kurt's last home address was 171 Lake Washington Blvd East. He & Courtney had only purchased the house less than 3 months before Kurt's death. Their house before that was located at 11301 Lakeside Ave Northeast

    • At the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards Nirvana performed "Lithium." Guns N' Roses were to perform later in the show with Elton John. Two pianos were set up for the performance, one for GNR lead singer Axl Rose & the other for Elton John. When Kurt was walking off stage he spit on the keys of the piano he believed to be Axl's. Kurt later found out that the piano he spit on was actually the one that was used by Elton John

    • Nirvana were nominated for some awards they actually didn't win. Those include: 1992 American Music Awards Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock New Artist 1992 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album (Nevermind) 1993 Grammy Award for Best Rock Song (songwriter) ("Smells Like Teen Spirit") 1994 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album (In Utero) 1994 MTV Music Award nominations: Video of the Year, Best Cinematography & Viewer's Choice 1995 Grammy Awards: "All Apologies" was nominated for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal & for Best Rock Song

    • Nirvana turned down offers to tour with such bands as Guns N' Roses & U2 and later decided not to headline the 1994 Lollapalooza right before the time of Kurt's death

    • Nirvanas thrashed their way into the 1992 MTV awards and soon were bogged down with controversy involving the song 'Rape Me'. They went as far as to print on the sleeve jacket of 'Insecticide' – "Don't come to our shows and don't buy our records"

    • Apparently, a credit card bill was mailed to Kurt's house under his name after his death, although Courtney Love was on tour. If the information was true, it could be possible that Kurt Cobain may not have commited suicide at all.

    • Kurt Cobain has a sister named Kimberly.

    • After Cobain died, all the other group members went their own way to form their own groups which were successful without the help of Kurt's memory or Nirvana. Love went on to form Hole. Dave Grohl began another successful career with The Foo Fighters. Bassist Novoselic formed Sweet 75.

    • A religous band named Nirvana were cornered outside a church by a group of teens and demanded that they play Smells Like Teen Spirit.

    • Nirvana's first album only cost $620 dollars to make.

    • Dave Grohl (Drums) (Backing Vocals)(1990-1994)

    • Pat Smear (Touring Guitar 1993-1994)

  • Quotes

    • Krist Novoselic: If you've got a guitar and a lot of soul, just bang something out and mean it. You're the superstar.

    • Krist Novoselic: But my role is to just apply the skills I've learned over the years: you listen to the guitar, you listen to the vocal melodies, you listen to the rhythm, and you come up with something that helps you take the song somewhere.

    • Kurt Cobain: Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with with your self esteem.

    • Kurt Cobain: If it's illegal to rock and roll, throw my ass in jail!

    • Kurt Cobain: It's okay to eat fish because they don't have any feelings.

    • Kurt Cobain: If you die, you're completely happy and your soul somewhere lives on. I'm not afraid of dying. Total peace after death, becoming someone else is the best hope I've got.

    • Kurt Cobain: The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.

    • Kurt Cobain: Punk is musical freedom. It's saying, doing, and playing what you want. In Webster's terms, 'nirvana' means freedom from pain, suffering, and the external world, and that's pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock.

    • Kurt Cobain: I really haven't had that exciting of a life. There are a lot of things I wish I would have done, instead of just sitting around and complaining about having a boring life. So I pretty much like to make it up. I'd rather tell a story about somebody else.

    • Kurt Cobain: I had a really good childhood up until I was nine, then a classic case of divorce really affected me.

    • Kurt Cobain: We were just amazed we were putting out a record. We were, and are, still learning. But we've never cared much for professionalism as long as the energy was there. Like our live shows: We're out of tune and use a lot of feedback. That's not on purpose or because we don't care, we're just musically and rhythmically retarded and we play so hard that we can't tune our guitars fast enough.

    • Krist Novoselic: Nazis are better than Christians, because they at least acknowledge that they're an organized hate group.