“It was a time when people just found each other. There was this support network locally and across the country,” says Krist Novoselic reflecting on the American underground scene that helped define Nirvana’s aesthetic, outlook and sound.
And, still today, the bass player continues to adhere to the punk principles which he and Kurt Cobain so admired as teenagers growing up in Aberdeen, Washington, in the mid-’80s.
“It was [Melvins frontman] Buzz Osborne who introduced me to punk rock. He told me, ‘There’s this whole scene. It’s different.’ That was American hardcore. We learnt from that, and we learnt from the Melvins.”
Krist’s praise is fulsome and indicative of the mutually supportive environment that existed in and around Seattle during the so-called grunge explosion of the late ’80s. While Nirvana’s cultural impact has been well-documented, here are 10 remarkable recordings from that time worth rediscovering…