Originally Posted by M2
They certainly provided a bridge for metal fans (hey, here's something heavy that doesn't require hair spray), but that was only part of the Nirvana coalition.
I actually think what separated Nirvana from the other Seattle bands is that they were as much punk and pop as they were metal/hard rock.
I think what separated Nirvana were the number of good songs they wrote. Nirvana and In Utero are full of them. Nirvana's the better collection to me because it doesn't mock the quality of the songs with choruses like "rape me" and "i think i'm dumb". Thats what separates the Ramones and the Clash from other punk bands. Its what separates Pavement from other low-fi bands. A good tune stands the test of time, no matter what the style of music or the singing or the recording quality.