I was 9 on June 15th, 1989. My parents were still shoving Bryan Adams and Kansas in my impressionable ears, though I am not sure you can impress much on a young mind with those bands. I wouldn’t discover Nirvana for a few more years. A year later, Kurt would be gone. “Bleach” was a precursor to greatness – to what music would become for a decade. According to NME, “only sold 40,000 copies in the US until the release of ‘Nevermind’.” “Bleach” has sold 1.7 million copies to date according to Wikipedia. “Nevermind” has sold 11 million copies in the U.S. and 30 million copies worldwide according to Loudwire just so you have some perspective. “Bleach” still isn’t a huge seller, but “Floyd The Barber” and “Love Buzz” are great records, not to mention “About A Girl.” That song would see success in acoustic form from Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged album and you could almost mistake it for another song completely. Well, because the version on “Bleach” really is.
If you haven’t spent time with this album, give it a go below. See if you can hear what would make Nirvana one of the biggest bands of all time when at one time we hardly knew them.