"In Bloom" is a Nirvana song. It was recorded in 1990 and appeared on the band's second album, Nevermind. The song has a definite '80s alternative rock feel to it.
The music video for the song uses the same style animation as the band's "Brace for Impact" video. This animation makes a clear statement about the relationship between an artist and his audience.
The song was written by Kurt Cobain. He says it was inspired by Dada art movement and by Aerosmith's songwriting. There are a lot of references to William Burroughs in the lyrics.
"In Bloom" was the first song that Nirvana played before their demo was recorded. The song is an earworm. People can't help but sing along. In the chorus, the vocalist harmonizes with the drummer Grohl.
Originally, "In Bloom" was a different song from "Nevermind." Afterwards, the band's producer Butch Vig realized that the group had changed since the debut album, Bleach. And so he decided to record a new version.
As a result of the changes, the first incarnation of the song sounded very similar to the Hardcore punk band Bad Brains. Some even said it was a "reggae" song. However, it wasn't until after Nevermind that the song began to take on a new meaning.
The lyrics to "In Bloom" make a direct attack on fair-weather fans. They accuse people of not understanding the bigger picture and of vanity.
Even though the song is considered a '90s rock anthem, it has more depth than it appears on the surface. It is a song about angst and pain.