With the 20th anniversary of In Utero just a few weeks away, it’s easy to imagine surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic may be feeling a bit nostalgic.
In a recent interview with NPR’s All Songs Considered, Grohl and Novoselic take fans back to the year 1993, when Nirvana released what would be their third and final studio album before the tragic death of frontman Kurt Cobain.
The drummer and bassist discuss all aspects that served as inspiration for the album, from what music they were listening to at the time, to how continuously cold they were while recording in a Minneapolis studio in the middle of February, to being able to work with their personal hero, producer Steve Albini.
“When I listen back to this stuff, it’s like it makes me sort of feel the way I felt then, because it’s so real," Grohl explains to NPR.
Grohl and Novoselic also preview some of the “new” material from the In Utero reissue, which has been remixed and remastered, including the track aptly entitled “Forgotten Tune.”
Novoselic remembers coming across the rare demo with Grohl, and though they didn’t quite recall the song at the time, the rocker says that one aspect of the track sounded familiar.
“I remember the main riff in that tune was, like, from 1988 or something. Just trying to, like, bring back a riff,” Novoselic tells NPR. “It's just kind of, like, there were new songs we were trying to revisit, old ideas ...'Forgotten Tune' just represents that idea. ‘Let's see if we can make something out of this.’”
“Forgotten Tune,” which can be heard at the end of the band’s All Songs Considered interview, is just one of many rare materials that appear on the Nirvana: In Utero 20th Anniversary reissue. Other treats include alternative mixes of hits like “Heart Shaped Box” and “All Apologies,” both of which are previewed in the NPR interview, B-sides, a live CD/DVD, photos, liner notes and much more.
To listen to Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic’s entire interview with NPR, click here, and head to the Nirvana official website to find out more about Nirvana: In Utero 20th Anniversary, due out on September 24.
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