Listening to Nirvana's 'In Utero' Makes Dave Grohl's "Skin Crawl"
"It's a fucking dark album"
Published Aug 25, 2021Dave Grohl doesn't really love listening to old Nirvana music — actually, "it kind of makes [his] skin crawl."
In a new excerpt from the forthcoming revised and expanded 10th anniversary edition of his biography This Is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl, the musician shares his mixed feelings on Nirvana's swan song — the 1993 record In Utero — with writer Paul Brannigan.
The bestselling book was originally published in 2011 and its reissue will hit newsstands on September 2, meanwhile Grohl's first memoir The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music is slated for release on October 5 via HarperCollins.
The latest extract [via Louder] sees the Foo Fighters frontman reflecting on Nirvana's career and legacy.
"[In Utero] captured a moment in time for the band and it's definitely an accurate representation of the time... which was dark; it's a fucking dark album," Grohl said. "I don't like listening to that record. It's a weird one for me."
The musician continued: "I hear songs on the radio every once in a while — and I like the sonic difference of hearing 'All Apologies' or 'Heart-Shaped Box' come on in the middle of a bunch of compressed, Pro-Tooled modern rock radio music, because it stands out — but lyrically and conceptually it's not something that I like to revisit too often."
Grohl went on to compare In Utero to its highly revelled predecessor Nevermind, saying they're "two totally different albums."
Nevermind was intentional. As much as any revisionists might say it was a contrived version of Nirvana, it wasn't — we went down there to make that record, we rehearsed hours and hours and hours, day after day, to get to Nevermind. But In Utero was so different — there was no laboured process… [it] just came out, like a purge, and it was so pure. But it is a hard album for me to listen to from front to back. It's so real, and because it's such an accurate representation of the band at the time, it brings back other memories; it kinda makes my skin crawl.
We can only imagine how emotional it must be for Grohl to put himself back into the raw headspace of making Nirvana's third and final album.
Meanwhile, Nirvana is being sued by the Nevermind cover baby for child pornography; the band's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is among the 10 oldest songs to hit a billion Spotify streams; and Foo Fighters — who write their setlists in Comic Sans — treated the Westboro Baptist Church to their Bee Gees cover.