Although Nirvana is frequently cited as one of the greatest bands of all time for shattering preconceived notions and paradigms to offer audiences a new, angrier musical direction, some critics loudly assert that the band sold out, giving in to the pleasures of stardom and global fame, and losing their genuine edge.
On October 23, a brand-new episode of Conan O’Brien’s “Conan Needs a Friend” podcast will feature the remaining members of the Seattle grunge pioneers, including drummer (and Foo Fighters leader) Dave Grohl, bassist Krist Novoselic, and record producer Steve Albini.
In an exclusive preview video for Billboard, the three was questioned about Nirvana’s alleged selling out during its peak years.
Speaking about their mentality in the earliest years, where they often struggled, Dave Grohl had this to say:
“Before we made the record ‘Nevermind,’ we were pretty much living in squalor. I would have done anything to have my own apartment and to be able to do that through making music.”
Further, Grohl strongly denied the idea of selling out, claiming the band members never lost themselves in fame and fortune:
“I think the reason why I didn’t feel personally conflicted was because I knew the band hadn’t done anything outside of our true selves to get there.”