Dave Grohl has admitted that Nirvana’s goals for Nevermind were to emulate Sonic Youth and then buy their own apartments.
The ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ rocker opened on the group’s iconic 1991 album and was blown away when they showed up to record in Sound City.
He told Uncut magazine, “When we got to Sound City, it was the most legitimate recording studio I had ever been to at the time.
“When we knew the history of this place, we thought, ‘Well, that’s the real deal.’ Other than that, no one thought it was going to be what it was going to be.
“We thought, ‘Hopefully we will achieve the success of a band like Sonic Youth and everyone will have their own apartment!’ That was the extent of our ambitions. “
‘Nevermind’ was the first album Dave has played on since joining the group – completed by Krist Noveselic and Kurt Cobain – and he still can’t grapple with the band’s rise after release.
He said, “Well, I still haven’t figured out the whole damn thing. What I do know is that when we signed with the David Geffen Company and made a video, it felt a bit more professional.
“Now we did in-stores and signed posters. We had a rock video that was on MTV.
“It was starting to feel a bit more legitimate, but it wasn’t until the tour started that I realized, ‘Oh, there’s something going on.’ “
The Foo Fighters frontman admitted that while he doesn’t feel the need to turn off Nirvana’s songs when they come on the radio, he’s not planning anything special to celebrate Nevermind’s 30th anniversary in September.
He explained, “We could plan to meet or jam, but we have nothing specific. I’m sure something will come up.
“Personally? Well, I’m not building an altar for ‘Nevermind!’
“If I’m in traffic in LA listening to the radio, there’s a good chance one of those songs will be on – and I won’t turn it off. I used to do it, but I don’t” no longer. “