Tomorrow marks the twentieth anniversary of the release of Nirvana's classic album Nevermind. (Yes, we feel old, too.) To commemorate the occasion, the archivists at Letters of Note unearthed a letter from Kurt Cobain and his bandmates that was originally sent to a group of fans before the album's release. In it, the pranksters suggested that their legendary album would be available exclusively as part of ... McDonald's Happy Meals!
Penned the band:
Thanks for writing! Here at NIRVANA Central, the switch boards are buzzing, the conveyor belts are moving fast, and the crews are working double shifts towards the September 24 release date. The band, being the benevolent friends of the proletariat that they are, just raised the coolies pay 10¢ to an even $1.50 an hour. The same price as the ALL AMERICAN MEAL at McDONALDS™.
NIRVANA, in special conjunction with McDonalds™, are proud to announce the NEVERMIND HAPPY MEAL™. The only way to receive NEVERMIND is when you buy the HAPPY MEAL™. It will not be available in stores, just like another project NIRVANA has been working on, NIRVANA PLAY CHARIOTS OF FIRE AND OTHER HITS. It will only be available through a special TV offer. And, as an added bonus, a book called NIRVANA'S CRAFT SECRETS will be offered. It will show you all of our special touches for those sea shell macrame plant hangers and spray-painted macaroni paperweights and much much more.
Obviously, the album went on to become a classic, and the music, much like a McDonald's hamburger patty, will now outlive us all.
The Nevermind Happy Meal [Letters of Note]