NIRVANA: Success Was "Implausible"

Dave Grohl says Nirvana never thought Nevermind would be a huge success, even though their friends repeatedly told them it would be.

Grohl spoke to Uncut about the album ahead of its 30th anniversary this September and said they couldn't believe what their friends told them. "We would go, ‘What? What are you talking about? 'Donita[Sparks] from L7 came by and said we were going to be huge. My old friend Barrett Jones, who I had grown up with in Virginia, who was a musician and a producer himself, heard ‘Lithium’ and said we were going to be huge. He thought ‘Lithium’ should be the first single."

He says he doubted his friends mostly because of the musical landscape in 1991. "You also have to remember what was popular [in music] at the time. It was Wilson Phillips, it was Mariah Carey and Bon Jovi. It was not bands like us. So it seemed totally implausible that we would ever even get close to that kind of success."

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