“There was never any concern with making an album that was better than Nevermind,” Grohl adamantly claims.
"We just wanted to do something that was different. Sure, if we had it would’ve sold like crazy, and it would’ve put us in huge arenas and we would be some huge rock band, but we hate repeating ourselves. The thing that keeps us moving is experimentation: we like being very noisy sometimes and we like being very quiet; we like being melodic and we like being a sledgehammer. There was never any pressure on us at all. We went in and we did it surprisingly quick.
“Krist [Novoselic, bass] and I had the basic tracks done in the first two days. In less than three days we recorded 15 songs, and all of them were first takes. We weren’t into making things perfect, and we didn’t want things as clean and nice as possible. We just felt the energy of a first take was so much more propelling than a second or third take. It’s your first time in a studio playing a song, and with the first take there’s a lot of excitement and anxiety and weird feelings that come out.”