Manics’ James Dean Bradfield: “I will always be jealous of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind'”

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Yesterday marks the 30th anniversary of Nirvana’s genre-defining second album

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Manic Street Preachers’ Jem Dean Bradfield discusses the importance of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ as the genre-defining album celebrates its 30th anniversary.

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The iconic LP, which was released on September 24, 1991 and included hit singles such as ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and ‘Come As You Are’, saw Nirvana – featuring Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic – Bring in alternative music. Mainstream, an inspiring legacy of music lovers and three generations of musicians along the way.

One musician who is deeply influenced by Nirvana’s legendary creation is Mannix frontman James Dean Bradfield, who spoke to Who? Granthshala About the importance of the album and the track ‘Lithium’.


“When I hear ‘Nevermind,’ I think: ‘My God – it’s just fucking amazing,'” Bradfield explained. ‘Lithium’ is what I love. You listen to that song and you just know that the bands are all looking at each other and swinging, ‘We know how to do this’.

“It’s a beautiful moment where you know everything clicks. [Manics] He was on ‘The Holy Bible,’ and just knew we had it in the bag the way we were playing in the studio.

He continued: “I’ve said some stupid things about Nirvana in the past, but I guess I was always annoyed at how people said ‘Nevermind’ was Year Zero, when in fact it was sex. There was a huge resonance. Pistols in my opinion “Never Mind the Bollocks…”. You know: the harmony of that record, the beautiful straight lines that were recorded so clearly but still so powerful…

“No frills on either of those records. They’re both wonderfully brief but still so beautifully recorded. The guitars are like a mobile panza division of molten lava coming toward you, But never chaotic. It’s always so arranged. I’ve been jealous of ‘Nevermind’ for a long time, and always will be. One of the hardest things is to achieve a really great rock record.”


Meanwhile, Nirvana has announced a special reissue of ‘Nevermind’ to mark the 30th anniversary of the iconic album.

It is to be remastered from the original half-inch stereo analog tapes in high-resolution 192kHz 24-bit for a series of reissues, which will be released on November 12.

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