Throwback Thursday: Nirvana releases their first album, “Bleach”

Throwback Thursday: Nirvana releases their first album, “Bleach”

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On this day in 1989, the Godfathers of Grunge, Nirvana, released their debut studio album, “Bleach.” Kurt Cobain claimed that most of the album’s lyrics were written the night before it was to be recorded in Seattle, and that he was feeling “pissed off” while writing. The title for the album was inspired by public health posters urging drug users to bleach their needles (“Bleach Your Works.”) At the time, the band was still defining their signature sound, borrowing heavily from influences in dirge-rock, punk rock, and heavy metal. “Bleach” was well received by critics, but it wasn’t a commercial success. Interest in the band’s debut album peaked after the release of “Nevermind” in 1991.

 

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