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In 1991, one of the most influential and short-lived bands in history released the rock masterpiece of the '90s. Mixing hard rock, pop, blues and punk, Nirvana began a new trend in rock that would have knock-off bands popping out of the woodwork for years to come.

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Date published: 11/6/2003

In the forefront of the now-defunct "grunge" scene, Nirvana epitomized the hard life of a rock band. Selling well over 10 million albums in the U.S., "Nevermind" is considered by critics and fans alike to be one of the greatest albums of all time.

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" was the anthem of the decade. Mixing distorted guitar, tub-thumping bass and off-the-wall drumming with singer Kurt Cobain's nihilistic worldly approach allowed the lyrics--"An albino, a mulatto, a mosquito, my libido"--to resonate through the eardrums for years on end.

"In Bloom" is another reason to listen to this album. The lyrics "Sell the kids for food" are in reference to Jonathan Swift's (author of "Gulliver's Travels") essay, "A Modest Proposal." The remainder of the lyrical line--"weather changes moods/ Spring is here again/ Reproductive glands"--make it humorous and a bit demented.

"Lithium" is definitely the gem. "I'm so happy cause today I found my friends/ They're in my head/ I'm so ugly that's OK cause so are you/ Sunday morning is everyday for all I care/ And I'm not scared/ Light my candles in a daze cause I found God" give us the bloated feeling that accompanies the song's title.

It's a simple drum beat and bass lick that evolves into an all-out cacophony of pain, pills and self-pity.

Also featured on this album are the Nirvana classics, "Come As You Are," "Polly," "Territorial Pissings," "Drain You," "On A Plain" and "Something In The Way."

Forget buying the greatest-hits album--it would be easier to dig up "Nevermind" or "In Utero" at a pawn shop for under $5.

After two heroin overdoses, Cobain was found dead on April 8, 1994, by a self-inflicted .20-gauge shotgun blast to the head. Cobain joined Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison as one of the members of the elite group "27." This group represents the common age of the four fallen rock geniuses at the time of their deaths.

Standout Track: "Breed," where Dave Grohl drums like a madman and deserves (like Babe Ruth) the moniker "Sultan of Swat."