Classic Albums: Nirvana – Nevermind (2005) is a documentary directed by Bob Smeaton about the making of “Nevermind,” a landmark record by the band Nirvana because of its successful introduction of grunge/alternative rock to the mainstream, reaching #1 on the Billboard charts, and eventually selling over 30 million copies worldwide. It features the surviving members of the band, Krist Novoselic and David Grohl, the producer, Butch Vig, and footage of Kurt Cobain.
Whatever you do, do it well; you might create something great.
Krist Novoselic: “We were very disciplined, and we took rehearsals and playing music seriously. There really was no messing around; no partying, or having girls over, or anything. It was very serious. And we played the songs over, and over again, until we felt they sounded right, and you know, worked out all the bugs. At that point, we’d go in the studio and we’d just do our thing.”
Kurt Cobain (re: the success of Nevermind): “We weren’t prepared for it, and it’s never been a main goal of ours. You know, we really don’t care about anything like that. We just wanted to put out a good record. Hopefully the people who liked our first album would like this one also.”
Dave Grohl: “We had that sort of do-it-yourself punk-rock ethic that we all shared. I don’t think it would have worked if one person didn’t have that. I mean honestly, there was hardly any career ambition at all. We knew there was no way we could be the biggest band in the world, we just wanted to play … We weren’t on a mission; we just wanted to make a great record.”
- How Nirvana Made ‘Nevermind’ (rollingstone.com)