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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Nevermind, Nirvana's second album, was a huge breakthrough record for the band and a Number One-seller. Lovers of this music relish its raw power and attitude. Nirvana's frontman, Kurt Cobain, committed suicide in 1994, and fans all over the world mourned the loss of one of rock's great performers and poets. Songs include some violent allusions, minor sexual references, and mentions of drugs. Profanity is rare but the f-bomb does appear once.
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What's the story?
Nirvana's second album, NEVERMIND, rose to Number One on the Billboard charts when it hit in 1991. It's full of explosive vocal dynamics, huge distorted guitar noise, and cryptic lyrics that underscore the group's social cynicism. The album marked the arrival of the \"grunge\" genre, which is similar to punk, though perhaps more riddled with angst than anger. Kurt Cobain, the band's famous frontman and lyricist, committed suicide a few years after making this record, but the other band members have carried on productive music careers.
Is it any good?
Once in a great while, a musical work comes along that seems completely new and inspiring to masses of teenagers. Nevermind was that album in '91. The huge, fuzz box-distorted guitar sounds and thrash vocals lift up Kurt Cobain's anguished lyrics to make a powerful sonic statement. This was, and is, an important record to grunge lovers and anybody else who appreciates walls of electric guitars.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Nirvana's lyrics, which include loads of imagery and opposing ideas within the same song. Why, for example, does Cobain sing the first verse of "Get Together" in "Territorial Pissings"? What do you feel he was expressing?
It's hard not to think of Kurt Cobain's suicide when thinking about this band, making it as good an opening as any to talk with teens about suicide, available resources and ways to manage feelings.
Why do you think Nevermind was such a massive hit when it was released in 1991? What was this band saying or doing that's unique?
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