"The people at Geffen told me that they basically just stood against the wall and watched copies of the Nevermind record fly out the door. They had never seen anything like it. It was a phenomenon. I don’t know what’s going to happen next, man. I mean, our next record In Utero, is pretty edgy. It’s more along the lines of "Papercuts" or "Sifting" on our Bleach record. There’s still a lot of melodic but noisy stuff. I think Kurt came up with some really good, well-crafted songs. I mean, it’s not "Nevermind," that’s for sure." - Krist Novoselic, 1993.
"It was an unexpected phone call from Kurt, and I jumped at it, I was a fan, like everyone else. I had actually read an interview with them not too long before he called me, where he said Nirvana was always meant to be four people. I thought, ‘Wow, I want that.’ And then it happened. I was blown away, I had heard all the rumors and controversy swirling about the In Utero recordings – there was a lot of, ‘Oh, the record label hates it,’ it was going to ruin the band, that kind of stuff. When I heard it, I was like, ‘What’s the big deal? I get it, it’s not as polished as Nevermind, but it’s still full of great songs that everyone’s going to want to play on the radio.’" - Pat Smear, 2013.
"I’d just moved in with Kurt. I didn’t know anybody. I had a drum set packed in one box and flew up there. I would stay up till the sun came up and sleep all day. Olympia, Washington, is fucking depressing enough and I was living with this person that I didn’t know. But he had a four-track so I wrote songs Marigold and Friend Of A Friend. It was an observation of Kurt and Krist and I." - Dave Grohl.
"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. 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." - Dave Grohl, 2013.
"We had big old German microphones taped to the floor and the ceiling and the walls, all over the place. I’ve been trying to get producers to do this ever since we’ve been recording. I don’t know anything about recording, but it just seems so obvious to me that is what you need to do. I tried to get Butch Vig to do it, I tried to get Jack Endino to do it, and everyone’s response was, "That isn’t how you record". Steve Albini proved to me on these songs, although I don’t know exactly how he did it; I just knew that it had to be that way. He had to have used a bunch of microphones. It’s as simple as that. Which is why live recordings of punk shows sound so good. You really get a feel of what was going on." - Kurt Cobain on the recording of ‘In Utero.’
"We had this Isopropyl alcohol in the studio to clean tape heads with and Steve was taking a nap one day in the lounge. Dave took this alcohol and poured it on his baseball cap and walked into the lounge, lit his head on fire and went "Steve! My head is on fire!" Steve woke up and looked at him with his flaming head, frowned and went back to sleep. We still have the remains of the hat here somewhere." - Brent Sigmeth [assitance on ‘In Utero.’]
Nirvana would play numerous pranks throughout the recording of ‘In Utero’ such as prank phone calls to Gene Simmons and Eddie Vedder.
"My husband really liked Nirvana. He really suffered and we wept like parents when Kurt died. Nirvana was the first band in years that I really loved. They were the band I felt a lot of hope for, for the whole music scene." - Patti Smith.
"I think he had a connection to his audience that was very, very deep. His music is powerful and very intense. That sort of power is rare. You hate to lose somebody like that, someone who keeps the music alive and moving ahead. Not many guys like him come along." - Bruce Springsteen on Kurt Cobain.
"We were isolated for two weeks, we were in this house, cooped up in the middle of nowhere, like a gulag. There was snow outside, we couldn’t go anywhere. We just worked." - Krist Novoselic.
Fun fact: Nirvana were booked as ‘The Simon Ritchie Bluegrass Ensemble’ at Pachyderm Studios for recording In Utero!
"I had to go to the airport to pick them up on my first day at work! Which was kinda wacky. I was supposed to hold up a sign that said ‘The Simon Ritchie Bluegrass Ensemble’. Which I didn’t! I just waved at them. Kurt and Krist were coming through and I said, ‘I’m your ride’." - Brent Sigmeth [assistant during the recording of ‘In Utero.’]
"You should hear the original version of that song, the guitar solo had this effect on it, it just sabotages the whole song. Steve and Kurt were colluding! I would go to Kurt, "Why are you sabotaging this beautiful song by putting this hideous abortion in the center of it?" He’d be like, "Well I think it sounds cool." I don’t even remember what their arguments were, some statement against commercial radio or something, the popular mainstream aesthetic, I dunno! I guess I finally got my way. Scott Litt was an opportunity to change things." - Krist Novoselic on ‘Heart-Shaped Box.’
"At least three hours later than originally scheduled, Kurt came down, and he was very quiet and he was wearing these white ‘Jackie O’ glasses with his chin down to his chest, and he asked for a bucket. And I said, ‘Sure, we have a bucket. What do you need a bucket for?’ And he said, ”Cause I think I’m gonna puke.’ And that was my introduction to Kurt." - Jesse Frohman (photographer.)
Photographer Jesse Frohman recalls the photo-shoot that didn’t go as planned..
"It was the only time I photographed him and Nirvana. We had set up for a shoot in New York when they were going to perform at Roseland Ballroom, so we had the whole day to shoot. That was the original assignment, but of course, things didn’t turn out the way we planned." - Jesse Frohman.
"It’s been a year since we started recording ‘In Utero.’ It’s time to get going again. Kurt and I and Dave have been talking like, ‘Yeah, let’s just put out a record real soon.’ It just depends on how things go. If we’re pretty prolific in the spring, it might happen. In the span of two weeks, we’ve gone nuts before. And then months have gone by and nothing’s happened." - Krist Novoselic talking about plans for the next album after In Utero, 1994.
"I can’t think of any other band I’d rather be in. The only reason I’m in this band is because I like my friends - Krist and Dave, they’re my friends - and I like being around them and I like the music that we write. That’s all that matters. Everything else is secondary, and I can’t take some of it as seriously as everyone expects a rock star to take it." - Kurt Cobain, 1992.