The studio where NIRVANA

recorded part of ‘NEVERMIND’ has been demolished in a freak accident involving a 10-tonne truck.

Smart Studios, in Madison, Wisconson, were ruined last week when the truck veered off the road after hitting a car at a busy junction near the complex.


The studio, owned by Garbage drummer and producer Butch Vig, has seen a succession of greats pass through its doors. Nirvana went into the studio in April 1990 and recorded for a week with Vig at the controls. ‘Polly’ came out of the sessions. U2, Beck and Smashing Pumpkins have also worked in Smart.

Garbage have been working on new album, the follow-up to 2001’s ‘beautifulgarbage’, at the studio. Dramatically, they had left just an hour before the truck hit.

Our exclusive photo, taken by singer Shirley Manson, show the downstairs studio completely destroyed. Damage is estimated at around $50,000.

Vig told NME.COM: “I got woken up at three in the morning by a call from the security guard there who said, ‘Man you better get down the studio – a truck’s just gone into your studio’.”

The ‘Nevermind’ producer added: “If it had been three days earlier, there would have been a band called Paris Texas in the downstairs studio and Garbage would have been upstairs. It would have killed them.”

“Luckily there was no-one in the studio at the time,” he added.


This is latest drama in a long line of misfortunes to befall the legendary studios. In the past ten years, the walls have been hit by host of vehicles careering off the road, including a stray boat trailer and several drunk drivers.

“We persevere here. I got here one day to find a flood had put eight feet of water in the basement,” said Vig.

The new as-yet-untitled Garbage album is due to be released in February/March next year and Vig describes it as “a lot noisier and darker, less poppy than the last album.”