Alternative rockers Dinosaur Jr. have had a long and successful career, but things almost went another route when their frontman J Mascis was asked by Kurt Cobain to join Nirvana back in the day.

In a new interview with Spin, Mascis remembers the invitation in July of 1989 at a club in New Jersey. "Nirvana was playing Maxwell's and after the show I was talking to Kurt and [Sonic Youth's] Thurston Moore," Mascis recalls. "Kurt said, 'You should join my band.' I think he was sick of the guy Jason [Everman] who was in the band at the time, and thought I should play guitar. I didn't think much about it. Later, there was also talk of playing drums on a single they were doing ['Sliver'], but it ended up being [Mudhoney drummer] Dan Peters."

After splitting up in the late '90s, Dinosaur Jr have been back together since 2005. Their tenth studio album, 'I Bet on Sky,' was recently released.

Nirvana, meanwhile, recently topped our list of the 10 Best Grunge Bands of All Time. See which other bands made the cut by clicking below: