The Ultimate Nirvana Quiz

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

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

There were five drummers before Dave Grohl. The band struggled to find a talented (and stable) drummer.

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

The band gave up on the idea to animate the video for "Lithium" when they realized it would take months to create.

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

He was a janitor at his own high school.

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With which rock icon did Cobain publicly clash?

He thought Rose's outlook was racist and homophobic.

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Which major label first signed the band?

Nirvana first signed to Sub Pop but later switched to DGC.

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

Sub Pop Records paid Nirvana an advance of $600 when it signed the band. The money went toward recording the album "Bleach."

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

It shows the band in New York, playing music and goofing around in public places.

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

In addition to Pen Cap Chew, he considered Skid Row and Fecal Matter.

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

Cobain's father eventually sent his son to live with a family friend.

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

"Love Buzz" is a cover song originally by a Dutch band named Shocking Blue.

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

The 3-month-old baby couldn't crawl, but he could swim.

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

Vail played drums and was the inspiration for some of the songs Cobain wrote.

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Approximately how many albums has the band sold worldwide?

Nirvana has sold about 75 million albums worldwide. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

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What year did Kurt Cobain die?

Cobain died in 1994, only four years after Dave Grohl joined the band.

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Who found Cobain's lifeless body?

An electrician found Cobain's body. The coroner estimated he'd been dead for a few days.

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

Nirvana initially sold 40,000 copies of "Bleach," but sales skyrocketed with the success of their sophomore disc.

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

The fact that Cobain received 75 percent of royalties caused a rift in the band.

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

Jackson's album "Dangerous" was No. 1 until "Nevermind" knocked it off the top.

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

In 1988 the band recorded its first demos, which helped the members score a deal with the Sub Pop label.

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

Meat Puppets also covered three of Nirvana's songs.

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How long was Cobain's last stint in rehab?

One week after he entered the facility, he escaped. He was found dead the next week.

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

Cobain wore a yellow ball gown on "Headbangers Ball," and his dark sunglasses really pulled the outfit together.

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What is the middle name of Cobain's daughter?

She apparently looked like a bean when she was in the womb.

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Who did the drumming on Nirvana's demo tracks?

Crover currently drums for the Melvins.

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

It only took two weeks and $25,000 to record the album.

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

He often did not care about the words at all.

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What was the cause of Cobain's death?

The gunshot wound was ruled to have been self-inflicted.

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Who did the drumming on the album "Bleach"?

Channing was with the band for about two years.

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Which band did drummer Dave Grohl form after Nirvana?

The Foo Fighters have created a legacy of their own.

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Where did Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love get married?

Kurt wore pajamas to the ceremony on Waikiki Beach.

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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!

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