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Nevermind/ Nirvana


Tanggal 30 April 1991, Nirvana akhirnya teken kontrak dengan Geffen record (karena Sonic Youth juga disana). JUmlah uang muka yang merreka terima saat itu sebesar 287.000 dollar. Dan untuk menebus kontrak mereka terdahulu, Sub Pop menerima 75.000 dollar plus royalti 2% dari 2 album Nirvana yang akan datang. Sebagai rilis terkhir Nirvana di Sub Pop adalah singel MOLLY’S LIPS, lagu lama dari The Vaselines.
Pada masa inilah Chris memberitahu Dave secara sembunyi-sembunyi bahwa Kurt kecanduan Heroin.
Nirvana segera memulai proses rekaman untuk album kedua mereka (Nevermind) di Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, California. Produsernya, lagi-lagi Butch Vig. Sejak semula mereka sudah sepakat bahwa album ini akan punya warna komersil. Materi yang di garap adalah lagu-lagu dari demo mereka terdahulu, dengan aransemen hampir sama persis, plus beberapa lagi yang baru di tulis.
“Pertama-tama, Kurt mendapat riff dan memainkannya di studio. Chris dan saya lantas mengikuti. Kami lantas berimprovisasi terus sampai melodi dan reffrainnya muncul sendiri,”kata Dave Ghrol tentang album Nirvana yang paling laris itu.”
Dengan metode model begini, mereka menghasilkan dua lagu yang belakangan menjadi lagu andalan mereka, COME AS YOU ARE dan SMELL LIKE TEEN SPIRIT, Butch langsung suka dengan lagu yang belakangan itu “saya sampai jingkrak-jingkrak keliling ruangan mendengarnya”, kenangnya.
Tapi Chris dan Kurt justru gak terlalu optimis. Malah hampir saja lagu itu mereka buang. Soalnya warna musiknya dirasa terlalu mirip dengan dengan salah satu grp favorit mereka, The Pixies. Untung hal itu gak terjadi.
Proses rekaman Nevermind terlambat beberpa hari dari jadwal semula. Akibatnya, untuk mixing harus dipanggil orang lain_ Andy wallace, Yang juga menggarap SEASON IN THE ABYSS-nya Slayer. Nirvana gak terlalu setuju dengan langkah ini, tapi mereka tidak bisa berbuat apa-apa. Udah telat sih.
Persoalan berikutnya adalah soal desain sampul, Kurt dan Dave, yang saat itu sedang tertarik dengan proses kelahiran di dalam air mengusulkan foto bayi yang sedang berenang sebagai cover sampul Nevermind. Yang kemudian dipakai adalah karya photografer bawah air Kirk Weddle, berupa bayi yang mengejar pancing berumpan uang, alat vital bayi cowok itu terlihat jelas. Tapi karena Kurt ngotot, foto itu toh gsk di permak lagi.
Penafsiran orang tentang foto itu sendiri akhirnya bermacam-macam. Kebanyakan menganggapnya simbol bahwa Nirvana yang relatif masih bayi sedang mengincar duit. Tapi bagi Kurt sendiri, foto itu lagi-lagi melambangkan hilangnya kepolosan masa kanak-kanak.
Setelah masalah ini beres, Nirvana dan Geffen kembali berbeda pendapat soal singel pertama yang akan di rilis. Geffen ingin mendahulukan LOUNGE ACT yang bertempo sedang, tapi Nirvana dan Butch ngotot dengan SMELL LIKE TEEN SPIRIT. Karena pilihannya adalah menyerah atau membatalkan kontrak, Geffen pun menyerah. Jadilah TEEN SPIRIT singel pertama NEVERMIND.
Untuk pres rilis yang menyertai Nevermind, mereka lagi-lagi kumat jahilnya. mereka mengarang sejarah Nirvana.
Begini.
“Cobain, pelukis gergaji yang mengkhususkan diri pada kehidupan alam bebas dan pemandangan, bertemu Chris Novoselic di Grays Harbor Institute Of North West Crafts. Novoselic punya kegemaran menempelkan kulit kerang dan potongan kayu hanyut pada goni dan, kenangnya,’Saya suka karya Kurt. Saya menyakan pendapatnya tentang hiasan gantung makaroni yang sedang saya buat. Dia menyarankan agar saya tempeli Glitter. Dari situlah awalnya!, peristiwa inilah yang menjadi dasar pesona Nirvana”.
Lalu ada bagian dimana Dave “menjelaskan” pertemuan pertamanya dengan Kurt dan Chris, tertulis begini: “Mereka memakai baret, kacamata hitam, sandal dan berjenggot. Chris berjalan sambil membawa buku kumpulan puisi karya Rod McKuen dan Kurt melakukan tarian interpretasinya sementara Chris membaca.”
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