Nirvana's "Dumb Meaning"

January 8, 2023

Nirvana is best known for their 1991 album Nevermind. But, the band blazed a trail a mile in the early 1990s, influencing not only the music world but society at large. With the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, the band's legacy is larger than most rock stars. In fact, if you were to make a list of the greatest music bands of the '90s, you'd have to add Nirvana to that list.

The first single off of the band's debut album was a cover version of the Shocking Blue hit. While the song is no longer played on mainstream radio, it still got plenty of airplay in the early '90s. Combined airplay in 1994 helped it to rank 37 on the US Alternative National Airplay chart.

"Dumb" is a cleverly written song. It's a fun and whimsical tune, but it also has a message. The lyrics show that Kurt Cobain, the singer of Nirvana, was not above a little self-deprecation. His song, for instance, enumerates his petty complaints about the world around him.

However, he didn't do much to show us what his mind was really made of. That would have been a much better use of his time.

All the same, "Dumb" is the Nirvana song with the most sexiest name. Regardless, it's one of the most memorable songs in the band's career.

The band's final album, In Utero, is a reversal of course from 1991's Nevermind. It spent 94 weeks on the Billboard 200, and was even ranked number one for a week.


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