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The Ultimate Nirvana Quiz
by Staff
Nirvana set fire to '80s hair rock and blazed a trail through rock history. How much do you know about the band? Get a little grungy, and take this quiz to find out!

Before Dave Grohl, how many drummers were there in the band?

  • two
  • four
  • five

Which song was originally supposed to have an animated music video?

  • "Polly"
  • "Lithium"
  • "I Hate Myself and Want to Die"

What was Kurt Cobain's job after he dropped out of high school?

  • janitor
  • waiter
  • construction worker

With which rock icon did Cobain publicly clash?

  • Axl Rose
  • George Harrison
  • Nick Cave

Which major label first signed the band?

  • DGC Records
  • Sub Pop Records
  • Sony Music

How much did the band spend to record its first album?

  • $12,000
  • $8,000
  • $600

The video for "In Bloom" is set in which city?

  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • New York

What other band name did Cobain consider before settling on Nirvana?

  • Pen Cap Chew
  • Happy Happy
  • Aberdeen

As a child, family turmoil caused a judge to give custody of Cobain to whom?

  • Cobain's father
  • Cobain's mother
  • Cobain's grandmother

What is the name of the band's first single?

  • "About a Girl"
  • "Love Buzz"
  • "Blew"

How old was the baby on the cover of "Nevermind"?

  • 6 months old
  • 3 months old
  • 8 months old

Which instrument did Cobain's ex-girlfriend Tobi Vail play?

  • keyboard
  • bass guitar
  • drums

Approximately how many albums has the band sold worldwide?

  • 110 million
  • 90 million
  • 75 million

What year did Kurt Cobain die?

  • 1994
  • 1995
  • 1996

Who found Cobain's lifeless body?

  • Courtney Love
  • an electrician
  • a sound techician

How many copies of "Bleach" did the band sell before "Nevermind" was released?

  • 40,000
  • 9,000
  • 900

What percentage of royalties did Cobain receive retroactively for "Nevermind"?

  • 40 percent
  • 60 percent
  • 75 percent

Which artist did Nirvana's album "Nevermind" dethrone from the top of the Billboard charts?

  • Guns N' Roses
  • Michael Jackson
  • Aerosmith

In what year did the band record its first demo tracks?

  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988

Members of which band joined the Nirvana onstage for "MTV Unplugged"?

  • The Jesus Lizard
  • Meat Puppets
  • Pearl Jam

How long was Cobain's last stint in rehab?

  • one month
  • two months
  • one week

What did Cobain famously wear on an episode of MTV's "Headbangers Ball"?

  • a yellow ball gown
  • a banana costume
  • a trash can

What is the middle name of Cobain's daughter?

  • Bean
  • Moon
  • River

Who did the drumming on Nirvana's demo tracks?

  • Chad Channing
  • Aaron Burckhard
  • Dale Crover

How long did the band take to record the album "In Utero"?

  • six months
  • two weeks
  • one year

What did Cobain say was the least important part of a song?

  • lyrics
  • drums
  • guitar

What was the cause of Cobain's death?

  • hanging
  • overdose
  • gunshot wound

Who did the drumming on the album "Bleach"?

  • Chad Channing
  • Krist Novoselic
  • Aaron Burckhard

Which band did drummer Dave Grohl form after Nirvana?

  • Foo Fighters
  • Filter
  • Bush

Where did Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love get married?

  • Waikiki Beach, Honolulu
  • Malibu, California
  • Santa Rosa, California