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(ABC News)   Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" voted best song of last 20 years, beating out "Hey Ya" and "Sweet Child O' Mine" for the top honor   ( divider line
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2006-11-27 09:33:49 PM  
Valdes: Oh... by the way... I own a copy of "In the aeroplane over the sea".... and it sucks.

Even for Elephant 6 bands The Apples in Stereo and Olivia Tremor Control were better.

I knew I insulted you for a reason. That's blasphemy!
2006-11-27 09:33:50 PM  
Music preference is subjective

Not it's not.
2006-11-27 09:33:52 PM  
Parinoid Android.
Geek U.S.A.
2006-11-27 09:34:26 PM  
xselectah: Music preference is subjective

Not it's not.

Yes, it is.
2006-11-27 09:34:51 PM  
Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Chris Cornell, Daniel Johns, and every other non-asstastic musician seen slitting their wrists.
2006-11-27 09:34:59 PM  
Call me an echo concerning "Smells Like Teen Spirit" -- okay song, influential in the 90s, but not the best in 20 years by a long shot.

Looking at that list, I actually dig The La's "There She Goes" a whole lot more than "Smells Like Teen Spirit." I also think "There She Goes" is a better written song (I likes me some simple but effective pop), but I guess The La's are just more in line with my current music sensibilities.
2006-11-27 09:35:02 PM  
kurt cobain was good with only one instrument...

A shotgun...
2006-11-27 09:35:23 PM  
That's really strange considering I'm listening to that song /right now/
2006-11-27 09:35:35 PM  
blindeye01: Exactly, Everlong is a fantastic song, always liked Foo Fighters.

The only thing that always bothers me about that song is how he plays the exact same drum fill every time.
2006-11-27 09:36:20 PM  
xselectah: tararose
Music preference is subjective

Not it's not.

Ummm, yeah, it is. Different music means different things to different people. That's why these threads usually become flame-full.
2006-11-27 09:36:26 PM  
That is one sad fuhkin list of tunes.
2006-11-27 09:37:05 PM  
This just in: Everybody will disagree with some part of a "Best of" list.

There's an old saying in Tennessee, at least it's in Texas, 'probly in Tennessee:

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but... ... you can't get fooled again.
2006-11-27 09:37:13 PM  
"This only reminds me of how bad music has gotten. There are about 3 well known bands still around that are worth getting into, too bad the album is dead, everybody just wants a hit."

Whats the matter... noone is spoon feeding you good music? Get out, go under the radar, and open your ears a bit.

As far as this article, well, umm....

"It put heavy music back on the map in the early 90's, really, that combination of punk-rock anger and the heavy Black Sabbath 70's metal. It was something new. Sulky kids everywhere loved Nirvana and continue to do so."

The 'map' of music trends only matters to half-assed fans of music who look to others for approval of what they think is good.
2006-11-27 09:37:26 PM  

the acoustic version especially...
2006-11-27 09:37:26 PM  

As far as My Bloody Valentine goes, I always preferred "What You Want" to "Soon." Had the former on repeat for a long time through high school.
2006-11-27 09:37:59 PM  
slayer - south of heaven
way, way better.

and i hate flannel.
2006-11-27 09:38:09 PM  
Parinoid Android. Geek U.S.A.

No kidding... if it were the last 30 years, I'd probably include all of Rush's Farwell to Kings. And Pink Floyd's Animals.

/retreating to geek hole.
//with Commodore 64 and Siouxsie Sioux tapes
///and pop rocks
2006-11-27 09:38:17 PM  
Sure. Grunge kills metal, then dies ugly. Now, we're supposed to pat it on the back? Feh. Whiny, angst-ridden, self-absorbed flannel-wearers everywhere can rejoice. Whoo-friggin-hoo.
2006-11-27 09:38:21 PM  
The music I dig ISN'T artsy in any way, nor does it pretend to be. Unfortunately, I was informed a few days ago that I don't "think deep enough" to "get" Nirvana.

"I want to eat your cancer when you turn black."

There's nothing to get there. It's a guy writing/singing something for shock value and trying to pass it off as a metaphor for something sensible and gullible teens buying into it hook, line, and sinker.

I'll take Huey Lewis over Kurt Cobain any day of the week. He's not the deepest thinker in the world, but he sure as heck ain't whinin'.
2006-11-27 09:38:33 PM  
No Pixies. No Pixies at all?
2006-11-27 09:38:54 PM  
El Freak

That's not saying much.


This only reminds me of how bad music has gotten. There are about 3 well known bands still around that are worth getting into, too bad the album is dead, everybody just wants a hit.

\loved nirvana as a 13 year old boy
\\and the rest of the early to mid 90s.
\\\late 90s can DIAF

You forgot to say "Get off my lawn"
2006-11-27 09:38:56 PM  
Kurt Cobain is my hero because he killed Kurt Cobain
2006-11-27 09:39:22 PM  
bullshi*t. Everybody knows that the best song of the last 20 years, maybe even the best song EVER, is We Are The World.

/we are the children
/of the Korn
2006-11-27 09:40:23 PM  
Oh... by the way... I own a copy of "In the aeroplane over the sea".... and it sucks.

Even for Elephant 6 bands The Apples in Stereo and Olivia Tremor Control were better.

yeah, I'd much rather hear unlistenable acid/psychadelic pop than mangum's innovative, brilliant ruminations on death, loss, beauty, and god. and the zanzithiphone!

/i mean come on, they couldn't even think up original song titles so they came out with 12 different "green typewriters"
2006-11-27 09:40:24 PM  
Best thing in 20 years that hit the mainstream, alright sure. Not too bad of a song. But it has been a bleak two decades, as far as mainstream stuff goes. I think the in the past couple years there has been a bit of a revival of good music though. One has to admit that even if you don't like a lot of the independent stuff being made it is original, and that's all I ask for.

Best song in 20 years? Feh I dunno, but since its on my winamp I will say:

Storm (off Lift Your Skinny Fists like Antennas To Heaven) - Godspeed You Black Emperor
2006-11-27 09:40:27 PM  
Foo Fighters were much better when it was just Grohl. The other musicians are dragging him way down. Seriously, their first album is miles and away better than anything released after.
2006-11-27 09:40:28 PM  
I would have to say it's #9 on this CD:

/one man's more, no less
2006-11-27 09:40:42 PM

Scoffs at your stupid list
2006-11-27 09:41:25 PM  
Mugato First step in understanding Cobain's lyrics: Sense of humor. He was quite aware of his self-pity. It was a constant target (or at least one time).

"I miss the comfort in being sad" (Francis Farmer)

I never was too much into Nirvana until In Utero. I think it was a simpler production, and it wasn't as popular, which gave me the freedom to crank it (applying reverse-snobbery so sloppily). But I listened to those lyrics. It made me go back to see what the hell he was saying in Nevermind and Bleach. And I realized (only a few steps behind the times) that I was so terribly wrong for dismissing them.

Not going to go trash anyone else, but they were really doing someone else hadn't been doing in a long time. Really focking rocking consistently, song-to-song, with simple ideas about being deliciously passive-aggressive in a boring aggressive-aggressive world.

And another favorite moment. When required to play "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for some Malaysian audience (who only liked them because they were oh-so hot) they ripped into "Territorial Pissings."

To which, I'll quote from in conclusion:

"Just because you're not paranoid, don't mean they're not after you."
2006-11-27 09:41:42 PM  
I'm a unitard!
2006-11-27 09:41:43 PM  
bobbooty: If that's the best they can muster, I'm going to go swallow some broken glass.

Well, then you will be halfway to winning this honour yourself - you will have a voice like Cobain!
2006-11-27 09:41:46 PM  
Don't know any of those people. Don't follow pop culture. Know better.
2006-11-27 09:42:01 PM  
somethingvague: yeah, I'd much rather hear unlistenable acid/psychadelic pop than mangum's innovative, brilliant ruminations on death, loss, beauty, and god. and the zanzithiphone!

2006-11-27 09:42:10 PM  

"It was the early 90's...nothing had rocked for several years. Heavy metal had degenerated into crossdressing posturing, punk was pretty much dead, and power pop ruled the airwaves."

So should we be expecting a new Nirvana any day now?
2006-11-27 09:42:13 PM  

No. No Pixies at all. Or Of Montreal. Or Velvet Underground.

On that note, can anyone explain to me the create attraction to The Velvet Underground? I mean I tried, I really did. It just isn't happening for me.
2006-11-27 09:42:13 PM  
Master of the Flying Guillotine

I actually like "Swallow" and "Til here knows when" better, but this is information I save for when I meet a drunk Sophia Coppola in a bar. If only Slowdive stayed around for a bit longer.
2006-11-27 09:42:28 PM  
bu buh but the Pixies!
2006-11-27 09:42:40 PM

hands down, the shizzle...
2006-11-27 09:42:47 PM  
Best song in the last 20 years. No idea. Here's 5 I like more than those three though:

Mad Season: "River Of Deceit"

Temple of the Dog: "Hunger Strike"

Rage Against The Machine: "Killing in the Name"

Alice In Chains: "No Excuses"

Tool: "Forty Six &2"
2006-11-27 09:43:55 PM  
What the hell is wrong with these people in forgetting what makes a good song? It's not good just cause the artist killed himself, or because he wears weirdass clothes and dances like a prick, or because it's stood the test of time. a lot of bad songs stand the test of time, why just the other day some douche called in and requested to hear nickelback. WHO THE HELL LISTENS TO NICKELBACK?

Here's my list of bands and artists who should have been better represented, along with my favorite song(s) of theirs depending on whether i had a tie or not.

rage against the machine (fistful of steel)

311 (you wouldn't believe)

greenday (waiting, brainstew)

tool (too many)

tori amos (too many)

incubus (stellar, drive, make yourself)

blink 182 (man overboard)

cannibal corpse (i will kill you)

postal service (this place is a prison, brand new colony)

death cab for cutie (army corps of architects, title & registration)

the decemberists (the gymnast high above the ground, soldiering life)

alannis morisiette (you oughta know)
2006-11-27 09:44:13 PM  
The Duke of Carrot Flowers

I was thinking the exact same thing!
2006-11-27 09:44:48 PM  
Somebody upthread mentioned Nick Cave, and I'll second. I would have trouble picking a best song of his, though... maybe Red Right Hand.
2006-11-27 09:45:22 PM  
Solid State Vittles: In terms of impact on the music industry, yeah, that would merit consideration of number one.

Right place, right time. There were a hundred other flannel-wearing off-key screamers within a 3 block radius.
2006-11-27 09:46:04 PM  
Arguing about music is like arguing about religion. So please, STFU you bunch of idiots.
2006-11-27 09:46:12 PM  
Has anyone ever won an argument about which band, song, album is best, most influential, etc? We can't even figure out who should win presidential elections in this country to the satisfaction of everyone-- and that's just between two choices! The only response to someone who screams "Pixies!" while you prefer Nirvana is "well, that's just, like, your opinion and stuff."
2006-11-27 09:46:20 PM  
Gormenghast: /worlds smallest Whaaambulance just for them

Their music sucked so bad Kurt couldn't take it anymore... so he offed himself.
2006-11-27 09:46:39 PM  

Haha, so you got the same plan about Sofia Coppola as I do, huh? My trick is to find a jukebox that has "Sometimes" on it and ask her to slow dance.

And, wow, Slowdive... I think I still have my copy of "Souvlaki" somewhere at my folks' place with all my other music detritus.
2006-11-27 09:46:54 PM  
In Utero is one of the best albums I've ever heard. The entire mood, from beginning to end, is unwavering and dark. It was a perfect soundtrack to my life at the time. You either get it or you don't, it's got nothing to do with thinking.
2006-11-27 09:47:01 PM  
anal brazil men: Go listen to some Guster

Attaboy. I covered Rocketship at a gig a couple nights ago... which, amusingly enough, is about Cobain.
2006-11-27 09:47:30 PM  
"We play metal likes the '90s never happened."

Name the band, win a prize!

Good band, though certainly nothing even I'd put on a top 10 list. They get kudos for the slogan though.
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