Probably the most overrated band of all time. Kurt Cobain couldn't play guitar, nor could he sing, and could barely write.

His skill at guitar was so pathetic and limited that he was only able to play power chords and his guitar solos consisted of only two strings as a maximum. As a vocalist, he had a scratchy voice with a one-octave range. His vocal range was so horrible that he wasn't even able to hit the high notes when he covered the Meat Puppets' song "Lake of Fire". He often ripped off other bands (Killing Joke, The Breeders, The Pixies, Husker Du, Meat Puppets, Butthole Surfers etc.) and based his sound on their own. He even went as far as to steal a riff from Killing Joke's "Eighties"; changed it up a bit, and then used it for his own song "Come As You Are".

He was also an awful lyricist and most of his music consisted of simple wordplay that had no real meaning.

For example, let's take a look at a verse from "All Apologies":

"I wish I was like you. Easily amused. Find my nest of salt. Everything's my fault. I'll take all the blame. Aqua-seafoam shame."

And honestly, that has got to be some of the worst lyrics I've ever heard in my life.

Now let's take a look at "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

"With the lights out, it's less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us
A mulatto, an albino
A mosquito, my libido"

Do you see any meaning behind these lyrics? I certainly do not. Seems to me like Kurt didn't care for anything that he wrote.

Krist Novoselic - He played bass, just not well. Some talent here, but pretty much mediocre.

Dave Grohl - Probably the only truly talented member to ever be in the band; the only member who actually had his instrument mastered and the only member who has songwriting talent.

Oh, and before you click that little thumbs-down button, let it be known that I was formally a fan of Nirvana in the past. But now I've grown up and have a developed taste in music and it's hard not to pick up on how simple his music is.
Nirvana are the most overrated band of all time; and anyone who disagrees with this statement likely doesn't have a broad taste in music.
by pseudonym-abody [Error 404] June 11, 2009
A band that came around in the late 80's, refered to their type of music as "grunge." This type of music, was no music. Nirvana brang something new to the youth of America, and as oposed to Guns N' Roses singing about good times, sex, drugs, and alchohol. The youth began to like this weird ass sound and a psycho-path singing about killing himself, and how worthless life is. Not real music, an attempt at it by a horrible band.
Kurt Cobain and Nirvana destroyed real music.
by Wolfganag January 23, 2007
WTF,Nirvana was alright!

They weren't one of the best bands ever but they were good and are still good compared to alot of the crap that came out at the same time and also since then.
Iron Maiden? please..
by Pearl Jam sucks December 14, 2003
a band that killed all of 80's style metal, but only to be stepped on by the greatest metal band ever that reigned supreme in the 90's known as P A N T E R A.
pantera shits in nirvana's face.
by MetallibangeR December 18, 2005
The most fucking awesome person in the history of time. Be lucky you know her. Seriously.
OMG. That's Nirvana.
by lolguyoftheweek December 06, 2010
1. The ineffable ultimate in which one has attained disinterested wisdom and compassion

2. Possibly the shittiest band ever formed. Three talentless idiots from Seattle who thought they actually made good music. Rebelled against mainstream music by appearing on MTV. Fortunatly, Kurt Cobain put a shotgun shell in his face and ended his crappy music forever
1. Siddhartha Guattamua reached nirvana and then became the popular figure known as Buddha.

2. Grunge kid : Nirvana is the best band ever!
Me : Kid, you suck at life. Go listen to Saetia, Heroin, Maximillian Colby, Drive Like Jehu, Envy or Rites of Spring if you want good music from the same time.
by Andrew February 08, 2005
noun: A Seattle-based band that came to the forefront of popular music with it's 1991 smash-hit Smells Like Teen Spirit. The song became so huge that Kurt Cobain himself began to hate the song and the fame it brought him. Throughout the band's lifespan, Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic were the core members, going through a few drummers before joining up with Dave Grohl before recording Nevermind, and sticking with Grohl for the rest of the band's career. The group was disbanded in 1994 after Cobain's death, an apparent suicide, though to this day there are many people who believe Cobain was murdered.

verb: to smash something to the point where it is no longer completely functional (to Nirvana something)
noun: Nirvana remains today one of the most inspirational bands to many teenagers and young people.

verb: "Haha, we Nirvana'd Gavin's guitar other night, it was great."
by Ken Elrick II November 04, 2006
The best damn grunge band ever to exist. Often stereotyped by lame-ass music noobs as "the guys who did in bloom" cause it was the only song of theirs that was included in rock-band.
Me: man i love nirvana
Music Noob: I can play the intro to in bloom on my guitar, on expert!
Me: NOOOOOOOOB, go and die slowly
by em tee January 03, 2010
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