20th Years Of In Utero

When Kurt Cobain took a shotgun to his head in 1994, he left behind the most famous rock and roll suicide note in history – In Utero. 20 years on from its release, the album is still one of the most important and haunting records of the 90s.


When the record debuted at number one in the US charts on the 9th October 1993, it was nothing more than a collection of successful grunge tracks laced with dark intent. Whether Cobain’s intention or not, In Utero seemed more intense after the troubled star’s death. Lyrics like the very first opening sequence, “Teenage angst has paid off well/now I'm bored and old” have been picked apart for an insight into the fallen frontman’s mind. Even Cobain’s previous plans to call the album “I Hate Myself And Want To Die” became ever more significant to the conspiracies.

The album was originally released on 21st September 1993 in competition with Pearl Jam’s “Vs” which knocked them off the top of the charts. When In Utero was re-released again shortly after Kurt’s demise, it cemented itself in history among the great albums of rock along with their previously award winning album, Nevermind.

The album was made in just over two weeks in Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls and was produced by Steve Albini. To celebrate the 20th anniversary, Albini has rejoined Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic to re-master the album for a 2013 release. The new album contains 70 tracks that are previously unreleased, b-sides, compilation songs, demos and live recordings.
With the help of the new anniversary edition, In Utero flew back in the charts, proving that 90s grunge is still ever relevant to today.


 

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