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Formed in Aberdeen, Washington, USA, at the end of 1987, the Nirvana that the MTV generation came to love comprised Kurt Cobain (Kurt Donald Cobain, 20 February 1967, Hoquiam, Washington, USA, d. 5 April 1994, Seattle, Washington, USA; guitar/vocals), Krist Novoselic (b. 16 May 1965, Croatia, Yugoslavia; bass) and Dave Grohl (b. David Eric Grohl, 14 January 1969, Warren, Ohio, USA; drums). Grohl was ‘something like our sixth drummer’, explained Cobain, and had been recruited from east coast band Dain Bramage, having previously played with Scream, who recorded for Minor Threat’s influential Dischord Records label. Their original drummer was Chad Channing; at one point Dinosaur Jr’s J. Mascis had been touted as a permanent fixture, along with Dan Peters from Mudhoney.

Having been signed by the Seattle-based Sub Pop Records, the original line-up of Nirvana completed their debut single, ‘Love Buzz’/‘Big...

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