Butch Vig Credits Dave Grohl for Defining Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’

"It’s just how Dave plays and he’s just so, so powerful."

By Amanda Wicks

Producer and Garbage drummer Butch Vig opened up about working with Nirvana for their sophomore studio album Nevermind in late July, and he credits Dave Grohl with helping bring the band’s sound together.

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In a new interview with Ultimate GuitarVig said, “They called me at the 11th hour to go out to LA so I didn’t really have any preproduction time.” Having worked with the band a year prior before Grohl joined the band, he was familiar with how they operated. But things all changed with Grohl in the picture.

Vig flew out to California to record Nirvana at Sound City. All together, the process took 16 days and that was largely because of how much the band practiced before arriving. “The band was tight as hell,” Vig recounted. “Contrary to popular belief, they were not slackers. They wanted to make a kicka– record. Dave Grohl told me they practiced every day for six months before they went into record Nevermind. We pretty much got every take on that record in one or two or maybe three takes.”

Vig credited Grohl, who he called “an incredible drummer.” When it came to “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Grohl really blew him away. “I just kept pacing around the room and going, ‘Oh, my god. This sounds f—–’ amazing.’ Dave is an incredible musician. He really is. People always say, ‘How’d you get that sound on Nevermind? and 90 percent of it is Dave Grohl. It’s just how Dave plays and he’s just so, so powerful.”

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