Dave Grohl Shares Opinion on Nirvana 'In Utero' Reissue

"When I think about what my life was like back then, it's strange," says the Nirvana drummer on the 20th anniversary edition to be released in September.

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Dave Grohl has reflected on the new Nirvana "In Utero" 20th anniversary reissue, saying it's had a powerful effect on him.

The drummer who went on to form the Foo Fighters told Xfm (via Blabbermouth): "I recognize myself back then and I remember what it was like to be in the band but it's hard to believe that that much time has gone by. A lot has happened in those 20 years, when I think about 'In Utero' and what the world was like, what my life was like back then, it's strange."

He continued: "From the time that 'Nevermind' came out in September of 1991 to the time that Nirvana was over, it was really just a few years and a lot happened in those few years. I look back at this album and looking at the packaging and the old pictures and listening to songs that I haven't heard in 20 years, all of these rarities and demos, it's kind of a trip."

"In Utero" was the final Nirvana album, though the band recorded some rare demos before frontman Kurt Cobain died, including "You Know You're Right" which later appeared on a self-titled "best of..." compilation. Grohl described the back story to the song:

"Kurt [Cobain] wanted to go in and demo some stuff, so I said, 'Hey, why don't we do it at this studio down the street from my house.' And we went down there, and we had three days booked. Kurt came in the last day and we were like, 'Okay, what do you wanna do?' And Kurt said, 'Well, why don't we do that song we've been doing at soundcheck?' And so we rehearsed it, I think, once, and then recorded it. Kurt did three or four vocal takes, and that was it."

The "In Utero" reissue will include over 70 new tracks across three discs, including a previously unheard instrumental called "Forgotten Tune," and will be released on September 24 on CD, vinyl and digital.

What's your personal favorite track from "In Utero" and why?

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    I haven't listened to the album in quite a while, but that Scentless Apprentice intro keeps popping into my head like at least once a week, same with Radio Friendly Unit Shifter Also, for a few years the Very Ape riff was one of the primary reasons I kept picking up my guitar because it just felt soooo good to play
    Serve the Servants - such a good opener, best Nirvana album in my opinion.
    "Heart-Spaed Box" is my favorite song from that album, but "Milk It" really comes to mind when thinking about this release lol
    Speaking of "Milk It", how many more people are going to Milk this joke. I think half of all the internet users in the entire world have made the "Milk It" joke already. I dont think theres much milk left in this joke.
    Damn its hard to say, but if I really need to pick up a few ones, it would be Milk it for its ass kicking refrain and psycho verse, then Scentless apprentice for the drum intro (surprisingly), Frances Farmer will have her revenge on Seattle, for its lyrics and finally Heart-shaped box, because that song is so strong. And thats it. Looking forward for this reissue.
    Jacques Nel
    I liked Frances Farmer and Heart Shaped Box. On a side note it's amazing that 'You know you're right' was recorded so quickly. That was an unbelievable song.
    Nothing beats Scentless Apprentice for me. That intro...boom boom BAH boom, BAH-boom-boom-boom-boom-BAH-boom.
    Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle.. I'll go with this one
    Are we all just going to forget about Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip? If you never caught it, it was after All Apologies, as hidden track. I only mention it because it's a little gem, really. Kurt, Krist, and Dave just jamming along in the studio. Probably with total disregard for anything they're playing or singing for that matter. Nirvana - Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip
    Pennyroyal Tea, great song and what an ending. When the music starts to break down, it gives me real haunting chills.
    Radio Friendly Unit Shifter is a great song...I have to listen to it if I'm listening to In Utero... I have no idea why, could be the chorus or something....
    is this reissue gonna come out in a standard version? I really don't have tons of money, and I'm just looking for a single CD like the Bleach or Nevermind reissues :\ BUT, favorite songs on In Utero- Pennyroyal Tea, Dumb, All Apologies, Heart Shaped Box.
    Serve the Servants is my fav track on the album (and Nirvana track in general) - on my 20th birthday, the amount of times I shouted "Teenage angst has paid off well, now I'm bored and old" was ridiculous
    My favorite song off of In Utero is either Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip or Francis Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle
    The ending of Radio Friendly Unit Shifter from the Live and Loud show is great. The Entire In Utero album is great. Frances Farmer Radio Friendly Unit Shifter Pennyroyal Tea Very Ape Serve The Servants Picking a favorite?.....thats something I cant do. Cant wait till this Super Deluxe is released
    In Utero is a perfectly balanced album, it's hard to have one favourite song
    Fred Bob
    everything except waif me....I push through and listen to it when Im playing the album start to finish because its part of the whole thing but dont like it as a song
    "Waif Me" is not a song on the album. Are the walmart copies still floating around?
    For some reason i think it might be Tourettes, that song just grew on my over time. But else its probably Heart Shaped Box and Dumb. But overall i like most of the album, probably my favourite Nirvana release.