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Nirvana’s In Utero, 20 years later

Nirvana’s In Utero, 20 years later
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People are re-evaluating Nirvana again, it being the 20th anniversary of the Olympia WA group’s third and final album In Utero.

Here’s my contribution.

15 Responses to Nirvana’s In Utero, 20 years later

  1. James Flint September 27, 2013 at 4:58 am

    I found this ideal when I accidentally had two unsyncronised instances playing simultaneously

  2. rusty September 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm


    old age

  3. Suzie2999 September 28, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Nice i guess..
    How come every In Utero related post is a pisstake?
    Is the album not liked on here?

  4. Everett True September 29, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    I’m actually quite offended that you consider this a “pisstake”. By what criteria are you making that judgement call? Am I not being cliched enough for you?

  5. Ado Grez October 7, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Hi Everett.Watched the Nirvana Live & Loud DVD of the 93 Seattle Pier show the other day. You were at this show weren’t you?
    I only just noticed Kurt was wearing a Transvision Vamp t-shirt. Was he actually a fan?

  6. houdini October 10, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I really like these spoken word things, but would love to see a new article on the in utero box set by Everett….

  7. Ado Grez October 12, 2013 at 4:50 am

    @ houdini . Agree.

  8. Dr FC Eszterhaus October 12, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I had a friend in school who was into grunge. Obviously I considered myself far cooler than him as I was into Carter. I think he bought ‘In Utero’ but I’m not sure he ever really listened to it. I remember this friend of mine swapped his copy of ‘Nevermind’ for his sister’s boyfriend’s copy of ‘America’s Least Wanted’ by Ugly Kid Joe. At the time I didn’t really think anything of this.

  9. Ado Grez October 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    @ Dr FC Eszterhaus
    sounds like you and youre friends had terrible taste. well done.

  10. Dr FC Eszterhaus October 12, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Context my man, context. 15 year olds in the early 90s had different avenues down which to discover music and even more limited funds with which to buy it. The kids are alright.

  11. Ado Grez October 13, 2013 at 9:12 am

    i was 16 when In Utero came out and wasn’t listening to Ugly Kid Joe records.
    Not being funny or snobbish but in 1993 there was so many great records released – Nirvana In Utero , The Breeders – Last Splash , PJ Harvey – Rid Of Me , Bjork – Debut.

    To widen the discussion back to In Utero i still think In Utero is a stunning album soundwise and pretty glad they went to Albini to oversee the remastering of the 20th release.

    I still find the album gives me goosebump in places. Its kind of surreal now to think an album as abrassive in places with the likes of the funny titled Radio Friendly Unit Shifter and as noisey as Milk It was number one in UK and US album charts. I think Nirvana kind of deserve a medal alone for that achievement. Also Serve The Servants what a tune.

    People often refer to In Utero as a dark album and sure some lyrics are dark but i always found it strangely uplifting . It is kind of sad how its associated with the end of something and Kurt’s suicide since. Thats not how i remember it when bought as a 16 year old the week it came out.

  12. Dr FC Eszterhaus October 13, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Ha! In my defense I wasn’t listening to Ugly Kid Joe records either. I was listening to Carter though so, er…anyway. I think the point I was trying to make was that the people I knew at school who had become Nirvana fans off the back of ‘Nevermind’ cast their nets across America and ended up with a collection of tapes that included Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, the dreaded Ugly Kid Joe and the rest of the MTV2 fodder. ‘In Utero’ was the album that made them back away slowly, which I guess was kind of the point. They all bought it the week it came out too, and I think that listening to it may have ended up spoiling their enjoyment of ‘Nevermind’ in the process.

    These are the people who didn’t give a fuck about The Vaselines/Daniel Johnston/Half Japanese/Shonen Knife etc despite KC’s best efforts. Mind you, these people didn’t read the music press either as MTV2 provided their fix of ‘alternative culture’. I remember in March 1994 seeing a load of copies of ‘In Utero’ heavily reduced in Tower Records. The sale stickers came off a few weeks later.

  13. Ado Grez October 13, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    MTV2 wasn’t around until about 1997

  14. Dr FC Eszterhaus October 13, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Wikipedia tells me that you are indeed correct – the mind plays tricks. Whatever the hell channel it was anyway. Normal MTV or MTV Europe I think it was called – the one with Ray Cokes on it. Available on everyone’s telly in Ireland in the early 1990s, perhaps not as widely available in England. Sheesh.

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