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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Nirvana's "In Bloom" Dissection By Butch Vig

Here's a dissection of a big song Nirvana's massive Nevermind record called "In Bloom" by producer Butch Vig. I believe it's from their Behind The Music or VH1 Classics programs, but I like it because you hear about it from Butch's perspective.

The great unsung mixer Andy Wallace mixed the record, and reportedly the band hated it because he made it too polished, but to me it's a big reason for the band's initial success. Yes, they had some great songs and great tracks, but at the point of impact when a band just breaks, they can't be too raw or they'll be inaccessible. Regardless, this clip is short and is a lot of fun.

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Anonymous said...

Fantastic! Love this blog Bobby

Derek said...

The story I heard is that Nirvana picked Andy Wallace precisely because he WAS commercial and slick and had mixed Slayer, and that they only later repudiated that in retrospect:

Fascinating that the chorus harmonies were by Dave Grohl. I'd always assumed they were Kurt Cobain harmonizing with himself because they sounded so similar.


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