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Wayback Wednesday: Generation X loses an icon

Kurt Cobain and Nirvana weren't everyone's cup of tea. But if you were a child of the 1980's and had your fill of hairbands and Michael Jackson, the band's arrival on the scene was a welcome relief.

In other words, Nirvana was really, really popular.

The band's second album Nevermind has sold more than 30 million copies and their catalog which consists of two more studio albums and a couple of compilations has more than 100 million units sold to date.

But Cobain ensured there would be no more albums on April 5, 1994 when he took his life with a shotgun at his Seattle area home. His death was a "Where were you when you heard..." moment for millions of  brooding, flannel wearing teens and 20 somethings.

MTV stayed on air for hours. His death made all the network newscasts and front pages across the country. Parents worried their kids would copy Cobain's last act.

But mostly people were just bummed:

But 23 years later Cobain and Nirvana are still popular and while his suicide is another in the long line of musicians who left too soon, his short run on this planet produced some pretty good music. Here's Cobain shredding his way through a version of "Aneurysm" in 1991:

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›