Video of Nirvana Performing at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor in 1990

2011-12-29

Story by Anne Erickson

We cap off the 20th anniversary of Nevermind with a classic Nirvana video

Two thousand eleven brought the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s sophomore album Nevermind, and with it came plenty of collector’s sets featuring music off the band’s breakout release.

The guys and gals behind National Record Store Day released a special box set in November featuring the singles off Nevermind, billed as Nevermind: The Singles. The collection, which arrived Black Friday (Nov. 25), offers the four 10” vinyl singles from Nevermind, including “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Come as You Are,” “Lithium” and “In Bloom.”

Nevermind also saw new life with its re-release in “deluxe,” “super deluxe” and standard editions towards the end of September. The “super deluxe” version offers 4 CDs and 1 DVD, including a re-mastered edition of the original 1991 release, plus the studio record, live b-sides, previously unheard pre-Nevermind demos recorded at producer Butch Vig’s Smart Studios and “boombox recordings” of rehearsals where Nirvana practiced “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and other grungy tracks. The DVD (or Blu-ray) shows the band playing a Halloween show in 1991 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, right before Nirvana mania hit. The set is also currently available as a single CD or 2-CD “deluxe edition.”

To cap off 2011 with one more tribute to Nirvana and the injection of grunge into the mainstream, we dug up the following Nirvana bootleg concert, filmed at the intimate Blind Pig venue in Ann Arbor, Mich., in April of 1990. The nearly 50 minute video has Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic playing early Nirvana tracks such as “About a Girl,” “Stain,” “Molly’s Lips,” “Breed,” “Negative Creep,” “Been a Son” and more. The show took place roughly a year and a half before Nevermind hit the airwaves, making Nirvana a household name. Enjoy! (Photo credit: Chris Cuffaro.)

Watch Nirvana Perform at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, Mich., in April of 1990:

 




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