This week on NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered,” Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana talk about the 20th anniversary reissue of the album “In Utero,” and preview tracks from the new box set.
The show can be streamed and downloaded now at www.npr.org/music.
Nirvana released “In Utero” on Sept. 13, 1993, a follow-up to its breakthrough album “Nevermind.”
The death of Kurt Cobain in 1994 made “In Utero” the group’s final studio album.
From a press release:
In conversation with All Songs Considered cohosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, Grohl and Novoselic revisit the making of In Utero, reveal intimate details about behind-the-scenes shenanigans, and discuss recording with infamous musician/producer Steve Albini. The two also explore how the album still resonates with fans – and with them – 20 years later. During the show, Grohl and Novoselic share previously unreleased tracks that will be on the forthcoming anniversary version, including Albini’s mix of the first ’93 single “Heart-Shaped Box,” a raw, early demo of “All Apologies” and an instrumental found on a cassette tape called “Forgotten Tune.”
“In Utero is a testament to the artistic vision of Kurt Cobain,” Novoselic tells All Songs Considered. “It’s kind of a weird record and it’s strangely beautiful at the same time… He had a good ear for a hook, great singer, great guitar player and In Utero is a good representation of what he liked in art and how he expressed himself.”
Grohl explains what it was like to relive the album two decades later saying, “When I listen back to this stuff it makes me feel the way I felt then because it’s so real. And I mean, I think about us being kids, like, we were kids. It’s so crazy that we were going through all of this stuff and these real sort of formative years. And this album was such a transition for us, too. Like, I have an emotional reaction to this record because it’s really raw and it’s really real. So as we’re remixing these things it was even more so.”