1991. In a world dominated by weak pop and coked-up hair metal, three small town misfits ‘sold out’ and released a record that redefined mainstream culture. The band was Nirvana. The record was ‘Nevermind’. To celebrate 20 since the release of the seminal grunge album, we relive the legend, digging through the NME archive for classic Kurt interviews, asking the likes of Alex Turner, Biffy Clyro and Gerard Way what Nevermind means to them and falling in love with the album all over again. Altogether now… “Gotta find a way, a better way, I better waaaaaaaaaaaaaait…”
Plus, free for every reader, we’ve got extra exclusive hidden content, including an exclusive Mary Ann Hobbs Nirvana interview, a competition to win one of three limited-edition ‘Nevermind’ artwork prints (only 16 in the world!) and one of five special anniversary T-shirts and ann iconic photo gallery (UK users only.) See inside the mag for details of how to get access.
Also in this issue, fresh from their epic Reading & Leeds triumphs, Two Door Cinema Club talk big about headlining the festivals in two years’ time, Californian slacker druggies Girls tell us how much they hate being pigeonholed as Californian slacker druggies, and the apparently sweet St Vincent reveals she used to be in a band called Skull Fuckers.
As well as all that, we welcome back unpredictable pop nutjob Marina And The Diamonds. “I’m a fucking wildcard!” she declares. Yes, Marina, you certainly are. We also meet the snotty future of punk, Iceage, to tackle those dodgy rumours, and party with Major Lazer at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival.
Plus the verdict on the new albums by Laura Marling, S.C.U.M. and Big Deal, Peter Robinson takes on Rob Da Bank and we pick out the best new music online this week.