The History of Smart Studios
Nevermind was released on September 24, 1991. Nirvana‘s lineup had stabilized on founding members Kurt Cobain and Chris Novoselic along with new recruit Dave Grohl and had moved from Sub Pop to Geffen Records who hoped that Nevermind would sell around 250,000 copies. Nevermind became Nirvana‘s first number one album on January 11, 1992, replacing Michael Jackson at the top of the Billboard charts, eventually spending two hundred and fifty-two weeks on the Billboard 200 and selling over 25 million copies.
Nirvana had released their debut album “Bleach” in 1989, which went on to become Sub Pop‘s biggest seller. As spring 1990 came in, Nirvana were to make their second album for Sub Pop, speculatively titled “Sheep”. It was Sub Pop‘s Jonathan Poneman‘s idea to use Butch Vig on “Sheep”, but both Nirvana and Butch Vig were keen to work together and in early April 1990, Nirvana entered Butch Vig‘s Smart Studios to record the sessions that would play a large part in the making of “Nevermind“.