Cobain told Channing to perform the drum arrangement he had devised for the song. Nirvana biographer Michael Azerrad described the song's title as a reference to Karl Marx 's statement that religion is the " opiate of the masses ".
To keep him from suicide. He explained to Azerrad, "I've always felt that some people should have religion in their lives That's fine. If it's going to save someone, it's okay.
And the person in ['Lithium'] needed it. Between the sessions, bassist Krist Novoselic simplified the bassline; he said, "I enriched the bass-playing a little more but that was about all that we changed. The band repeatedly sped up while recording the song, so Vig resorted to using a click track to maintain a consistent tempo.
The producer suggested that new drummer Dave Grohl use simpler fills and patterns for the song, which resulted in a satisfactory instrumental take. Cobain's guitar track was more difficult to record. Vig recorded the jam, later titled "Endless, Nameless" and it was inserted as a hidden track at the end of Nevermind. The arrangement is representative of the musical style Nirvana had developed during work on Nevermind , alternating between quiet and loud sections.
Featuring a cover photo by Cobain, the single contained a sonogram of the musician's then-unborn child Frances Bean Cobain , as well as full lyrics for all the songs on Nevermind. Cassette, CD, inch vinyl, and British inch vinyl picture disc editions included "Curmudgeon" and a live version of "Been a Son" performed on Halloween the previous year as B-sides. The liberating force of Nirvana's inspired anger was rarely more powerful than in the service of this song.
All of the songs in the top 10 were from the s. In the United States, the single charted at number 64 on the Billboard Hot single chart. The music video for "Lithium" was the second Nirvana video directed by Kevin Kerslake. Cobain originally wanted the video to feature an animated story about a girl named Prego who lives in a house in a forest.
One day, she finds a big pile of eggs in her closet and puts them in a train of three wagons that she wheels through the forest until she comes to a king's castle. By that time, all the eggs but one have cracked and she takes that egg and carries it up to the king's throne and places it on a large book that's on his lap.
He's asleep, but when he awakens, he opens his legs and the book slides between them and closes on the egg. When Cobain and Kerslake discovered the animation would take four months to produce, they instead created a film collage of Nirvana performing in concert. Its title refers to a term used in the early s by President Ronald Reagan and many American conservatives to describe the former Soviet Union. The album was certified 3x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on May 24, One Hot Minute.
Red Hot Chili Peppers. The worldwide success of the band's previous album Blood Sugar Sex Magik caused guitarist John Frusciante to become uncomfortable with their popularity, eventually quitting mid-tour in Vocalist Anthony Kiedis, who had resumed addictions to cocaine and heroin in after being sober for more than five years, approached his lyricism with a reflective outlook on drugs and their harsh effects.
It is the only studio album to feature Dave Navarro as the band's guitarist; Navarro joined the band in after a series of short-term replacements for Frusciante. The album was produced by Rick Rubin, who had also produced the band's prior album.
One Hot Minute was a commercial disappointment, despite producing three hit singles and reaching number four on the US Billboard Although it sold more than two million copies and was certified multi-platinum, it nonetheless sold fewer than half as many copies as Blood Sugar Sex Magik and received much less critical acclaim.
Navarro was ultimately fired in due to his drug use. A-Sides is a compilation album by the American rock band Soundgarden with songs spanning the band's thirteen-year career. Alice In Chains. Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Nevermind feels honest in this way, even as I listen to it now and know that it skyrocketed Nirvana to the top of the charts, put them in a place where they were real-life famous: in cartoons, on lunch boxes, played in the suburbs.
It feels impossible now. The unspoken vibration underneath the album is that it exists, for me, as an album of love songs. These are songs about finding some small peace among some overwhelming confusion. Nirvana is on both of them. On the first one , from , after Nevermind exploded, they are in a desert, long-haired and wild-eyed. Kurt Cobain is wearing sunglasses, his hair dyed a shade of pinkish red.
On the second cover , from January of , the band is cleaned up. Novoselic has shorter hair. They are all wearing suits. In Utero Super Deluxe. In Utero 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. Nevermind Super Deluxe. A number of labels courted the band, but Nirvana ultimately signed with Geffen Records imprint DGC Records based upon repeated recommendations from Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and their management company.
Produced by Butch Vig, it was the band's first release on the label, as well as the first to feature drummer Dave Grohl. The album cover, which shows a naked baby swimming with a U. For the preparation of Nevermind, Cobain wrote a number of songs that were influenced by bands like The Melvins, R. He fashioned chord sequences using primarily power chords and wrote songs that combined pop hooks with dissonant guitar riffs. Bleach: Deluxe Edition.
Live at Reading. It features the band's headlining performance at the Reading Festival in Reading, England, on August 30, Bootlegged for years, the new issues present the performance for the first time mastered and color corrected. Live at Reading marked the first time that Chet Powers received songwriting credit on a Nirvana release for the use of his lyrics from the song "Get Together" as the intro for "Territorial Pissings".About Nirvana. The phenomenal success of Foo Fighters demonstrates that Nirvana were a talented trio, and not just a rickety pair of training wheels for Kurt Cobain's wild ride into fame and annihilation. Obscured behind a smokescreen of publicity and deadened by the effects of endless radio play, Nirvana's music nonetheless holds its own as some of the very best of the s.