They just look like a group of scruffy kids but Nirvana was on the cusp of reshaping the music industry and defining musical tastes for a generation of fans reacting against, well, everything. The record label forecast total sales of their album 'Nevermind' as being optimistically 250,000 units, but by Xmas 1991 the band were selling an estimated 400,000 albums a week. Lead singer Kurt Cobain's tragic suicide in 1994 saw him pass almost instantly into the pantheon of Rock and Roll Stars.
The legacy of Nirvana and Kurt Cobain has been vast. As MSNBC's Eric Olsen wrote "In the intervening decade, Cobain, a small, frail but handsome man in life, has become an abstract Generation X icon, viewed by many as the 'last real rock star' [. . .] a messiah and martyr whose every utterance has been plundered and parsed." They brought grunge into the mainstream and gave voice to the slacker culture that went with being a teen in 90s. Dave Grohl went on to found probably the most popular post-grunge band, winning 11 Grammy awards to date with their lighter, brighter sound.
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Whether you showed off your bra straps and wore track pants like "Just a Girl" singer Gwen Stefani or blasted through a painful breakup screaming Alanis Morissette's mega-hit song "You Outta Know," the '90s produced a trove of hit-makers for everyone to sing along or jump around to. We catch up with some of our favorites and the most famous and where they are today.