Nirvana was a band that changed the world. People who didn’t know them or don’t like them call their music grunge, but they were so much more than that. They were artists and poets, and they used their music to tell stories about themselves and the world around them. One of those stories is told in this video: It’s Nirvana playing at Reading Festival in 1989 when they were just getting started on their journey to stardom!

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Smells Like Teen Spirit

In August 1989, Nirvana played their first and last ever show at Reading Festival. It was also the song that changed everything for them.

Eminem was not present at this performance – he would not be born until later that year!


Nirvana’s most famous song, “Aneurysm,” was included in the top 100 best alternative rock songs of all time. The song was also Nirvana’s only song to hit the top 10 on the billboard hot 100. The song has been covered by Dave Grohl’s band Foo Fighters, who played it at their 20th anniversary show at Madison Square Garden in 2017.


As the music fades out, you can hear Kurt Cobain’s guitar wail, Krist Novoselic’s bass drum and Dave Grohl’s drum kit. You can also hear Kurt Cobain’s voice as he sings “I don’t have a gun…but I have a voice… I’m not afraid to use it” and after that line, you can here the crowd cheering wildly as they clap their hands together in unison with the beat of the music.

Floyd the Barber

  • The song is about a barber
  • The song is about a barber who cuts hair
  • The song is about a barber who cuts hair in a prison
  • The song is about a barber who cuts hair in a prison who has a moustache


Nirvana played the song live at Reading Festival in 1989, 1990 and 1991.


School is the first song on Nevermind, and it was also the first single released from the album. The video for School was MTV’s first in-house music video (as opposed to playing videos by other artists). It also featured a skateboarding riot, which was very popular at the time.

School was played live at Reading Festival 1989 and then again during Nirvana’s appearance on The Word music show later that year.

Nirvana rules and always will.

Nirvana (or Nivana) was a popular grunge band in the 1990s that rose to fame on the strength of their demo tape, Bleach. The band was signed by Sub Pop Records and then later by Geffen Records, who released their albums Nevermind and In Utero. Nirvana is considered one of the most influential bands from that era; they were even name-dropped by Kurt Cobain himself when explaining why he killed himself in 1994.

Nirvana’s last album before their breakup was called Unplugged In New York City (which you can listen to below). It features acoustic versions of some of their biggest hits like “All Apologies” and “Come As You Are” as well as some lesser known songs such as “Something In The Way” and “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam.”

Nirvana was one of the biggest bands of their era. They were a huge influence on the Seattle grunge scene, and Kurt Cobain’s death shocked many people. Their music will always be remembered and revered as some of the best ever made by any band from this decade.

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