With the release of Nirvana’s 20th Anniversary Edition of Nevermind, I thought fans would like to know where the title “Nevermind” came from.
The first song Joe Elliott and I worked on together was Pour Some Sugar On Me in May of ’83. After discussing how much I loved Aerosmith’s ’75 Toys In The Attic album (Toys In The Attic being a euphemism for insanity which I used in Sweet Sacrifice “It’s true, we’re all a little insane“), we discussed my favorite songs off the album and how I would use it in a song.
“Step inside, WALK THIS WAY”
I always liked to draw connections between songs I wrote. The next would be the ’84 song Sugar Walls performed by Scottish born Sheena Easton. Prince was allowed to claim the song under the pseudonym “Alexander NEVERMIND”. This happened after I wrote all the songs for his ’84 Purple Rain album and gave him the idea for the movie.
There is actually a rumor that Prince wrote songs for Def Leppard, which would be a common misconception considering I wrote songs for both.