NPR logo Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic Talk 'In Utero' On NPR Music's 'All Songs Considered'

Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic Talk 'In Utero' On NPR Music's 'All Songs Considered'


Hear Previously Unreleased Material from the Anniversary Box Set

This week on NPR Music's All Songs Considered, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic of acclaimed rock band Nirvana talk about the 20th anniversary reissue of the album In Utero, and preview tracks from the new box set. The show can be streamed and downloaded now at and via the All Songs Considered podcast, and may be embedded using the NPR Music Soundcloud page.

Seminal '90s band Nirvana released In Utero on September 13, 1993, a decidedly noncommercial sounding – but still well-selling – follow-up to its now classic breakthrough album Nevermind. The death of frontman and songwriter Kurt Cobain in 1994 made In Utero the group's final studio album.

In conversation with All Songs Considered cohosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, Grohl and Novoselic revisit the making of In Utero, reveal intimate details about behind-the-scenes shenanigans, and discuss recording with infamous musician/producer Steve Albini. The two also explore how the album still resonates with fans – and with them – 20 years later. During the show, Grohl and Novoselic share previously unreleased tracks that will be on the forthcoming anniversary version, including Albini's mix of the first '93 single "Heart-Shaped Box," a raw, early demo of "All Apologies" and an instrumental found on a cassette tape called "Forgotten Tune."

"In Utero is a testament to the artistic vision of Kurt Cobain," Novoselic tells All Songs Considered. "It's kind of a weird record and it's strangely beautiful at the same time... He had a good ear for a hook, great singer, great guitar player and In Utero is a good representation of what he liked in art and how he expressed himself."

Grohl explains what it was like to relive the album two decades later saying, "When I listen back to this stuff it makes me feel the way I felt then because it's so real. And I mean, I think about us being kids, like, we were kids. It's so crazy that we were going through all of this stuff and these real sort of formative years. And this album was such a transition for us, too. Like, I have an emotional reaction to this record because it's really raw and it's really real. So as we're remixing these things it was even more so."

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