If you heard that the weather, was the reason Nirvana’s Nevermind sounded so great, you might raise an eyebrow.
According to Butch Vig, the producer of Nevermind, his explanation of why the album sounded so amazing is because the Seattle lads stayed in the studio rehearsing for extra hours, due to the fact it was so cold in their apartment.
The secret formula for grunge rock was a little space heater the band huddled around while practicing for ten hours a day for sixth months before recording.
Speaking at a Music Conference, Vig said, “Before they came in, they rehearsed every day for six months – ten hours a day. Contrary to the slacker attitude, Kurt wanted to have a hit record, he wanted to make a really good sounding album.
“They were living in a really floppy, shitty apartment up in the northwest, and the rehearsal space had a space heater. So they would go in there and it would be warm and they would go in there and play until 10, 11 o’clock at night and then they’d go back to their apartment.”
Vig admitted there were very few issues with the recording process, apart from the tone of Cobain’s guitar on ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and trying to restrain Dave Grohl’s natural urge to play at a frenetic pace on the track ‘Something In The Way’.
Nevermind was released in 1991 and has since sold over 30 million copies worldwide.
Watch Butch Vig speaking at a music conference below.