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2021-09-24 10:30:41 AM  
I'll be the first to say that they were very overrated. Just another rock band.
 
2021-09-24 10:30:57 AM  
No "one time in college" in the headline? Come on, subby!   That's gold!
 
2021-09-24 10:33:30 AM  
Former boss told me this story....around 88, 89, thereabouts, he was at UC Berkeley. 3 day weekend. Classmate says, "hey man, let's road trip to Seattle, my pal is having a housewarming party!"  Boss is like, "ok, why not".

some small house not in Seattle, but nearby.  40-50 people anda  local band hired for entertainment.

fast forward 2-3 years, boss is watching 'SNL'.  Sees the same band on the show.  "Holy shiat!  It's those guys!"

he'd heard the songs on the radio but never made the connection.  said that, back to the party, "the tall guy [Krist] was hilarious and drank like a fish.  i don't remember much abou tthe drummer.  Kurt was very quiet.  Didn't say much but when he did, it was something hilarious that cracked the whoel room up."
 
2021-09-24 10:34:29 AM  

MarkTimeTire: I'll be the first to say that they were very overrated. Just another rock band.


Right place, right time counts for a lot when it comes to fame. They helped end the scourge of hair metal bands so that's a big thumbs up from me
 
2021-09-24 10:36:47 AM  
RIP WFNX.
 
2021-09-24 10:37:46 AM  
"Thirty years later, it's easy to proclaim that Nirvana's star power was obvious. Yet for every indication of inevitable fame, there was one pointing in another direction. Cobain's magnetism and skill at stacking pop hooks may have set Nirvana apart, but they hardly resembled platinum-selling bands like Guns N' Roses and Metallica."

I was 18 when this happened and pretty aware of music at the time.  Every band that you could be into were too big, too important, too grandiose.  Anything that wasn't being pumped out over the airwaves in rotation every hour was considered "underground" and god forbid if the band wasn't on a major label.

The top end was just too massive to continue the way it was.  Fans wanted music they could relate to and after 8 years of Reagan and three of Bush there was very very little we were hearing that we could identify with.  It all sounded more like things that those who think they knew what the kids wanted to hear were making it, not actual bands.

Also....I'd give my eye tooth for an OG Bullet Lavolta shirt.  I've been trying to find one to wear to my bands gigs for years now.  That first cassette was like a Bible to me.
 
2021-09-24 10:40:40 AM  
Thirty years ago Friday, one of the most consequential days in modern music history occurred when Nirvana, A Tribe Called Quest, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Soundgarden all released seminal albums.

Jesus Fark, I feel old.
 
2021-09-24 10:51:23 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Thirty years ago Friday, one of the most consequential days in modern music history occurred when Nirvana, A Tribe Called Quest, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Soundgarden all released seminal albums.

Jesus Fark, I feel old.


1990 was 40 years ago.
 
2021-09-24 10:51:34 AM  

Skarekrough: Also....I'd give my eye tooth for an OG Bullet Lavolta shirt. I've been trying to find one to wear to my bands gigs for years now. That first cassette was like a Bible to me.


Is it here?
 
2021-09-24 10:53:32 AM  

Subtonic: Benevolent Misanthrope: Thirty years ago Friday, one of the most consequential days in modern music history occurred when Nirvana, A Tribe Called Quest, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Soundgarden all released seminal albums.

Jesus Fark, I feel old.

1990 was 40 years ago.


Check your math there, Lou.
 
2021-09-24 10:56:08 AM  
It's odd....I'm the same age as Cobain but never got Nirvana or the whole grunge scene. It just wasn't my style of music and their message didn't resonate with me at all. I guess I wasn't disaffected or angsty enough.
 
2021-09-24 10:58:05 AM  

Hawk24: Subtonic: Benevolent Misanthrope: Thirty years ago Friday, one of the most consequential days in modern music history occurred when Nirvana, A Tribe Called Quest, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Soundgarden all released seminal albums.

Jesus Fark, I feel old.

1990 was 40 years ago.

Check your math there, Lou.


2021-1990 = 41

Okay, a little off.
 
2021-09-24 10:59:31 AM  

Subtonic: Hawk24: Subtonic: Benevolent Misanthrope: Thirty years ago Friday, one of the most consequential days in modern music history occurred when Nirvana, A Tribe Called Quest, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Soundgarden all released seminal albums.

Jesus Fark, I feel old.

1990 was 40 years ago.

Check your math there, Lou.

2021-1990 = 41

Okay, a little off.


LOL! Try again. Use a calculator if you have to.
 
2021-09-24 10:59:47 AM  

MarkTimeTire: I'll be the first to say that they were very overrated. Just another rock band.


YMMV.

I think Cobain was an exceptional songwriter who had a natural ear.  It's true that it was largely luck that led to them exploding like they did to the degree that they changed the music industry.  There were several bands who could have accomplished the same thing had the timing been right - Janes Addiction, Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies etc.  They just happened to have been the crest of a wave that was building for several years up to that point
 
2021-09-24 11:01:34 AM  

Hawk24: Subtonic: Hawk24: Subtonic: Benevolent Misanthrope: Thirty years ago Friday, one of the most consequential days in modern music history occurred when Nirvana, A Tribe Called Quest, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Soundgarden all released seminal albums.

Jesus Fark, I feel old.

1990 was 40 years ago.

Check your math there, Lou.

2021-1990 = 41

Okay, a little off.

LOL! Try again. Use a calculator if you have to.


Was going to say.  I'm 52, and was 21 in 1990.   So.......
 
2021-09-24 11:08:20 AM  

ZMugg: Skarekrough: Also....I'd give my eye tooth for an OG Bullet Lavolta shirt. I've been trying to find one to wear to my bands gigs for years now. That first cassette was like a Bible to me.

Is it here?


No, it's the welder with the hard hat logo.  It was the same image they used on their record and cassette.

I had one at one time and it went missing.  Of course, that was 30 years ago....
 
2021-09-24 11:20:22 AM  
haha "seminal"

/hardly
 
2021-09-24 11:24:28 AM  
I was in high school and had been playing guitar for a year and I was pissed when I heard Nirvana.  "You mean to tell me that this guy gets to be a famous musician?  And I'm just a high schooler playing for ONE year and I can already play circles around him??  I thought you had to earn your way onto a stage through practice and talent!"
 
2021-09-24 11:29:22 AM  

STRYPERSWINE: I was in high school and had been playing guitar for a year and I was pissed when I heard Nirvana.  "You mean to tell me that this guy gets to be a famous musician?  And I'm just a high schooler playing for ONE year and I can already play circles around him??  I thought you had to earn your way onto a stage through practice and talent!"


Let me guess, your music teacher hated you?
 
2021-09-24 11:29:54 AM  

Snapper Carr: MarkTimeTire: I'll be the first to say that they were very overrated. Just another rock band.

YMMV.

I think Cobain was an exceptional songwriter who had a natural ear.  It's true that it was largely luck that led to them exploding like they did to the degree that they changed the music industry.  There were several bands who could have accomplished the same thing had the timing been right - Janes Addiction, Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies etc.  They just happened to have been the crest of a wave that was building for several years up to that point


Nirvana broke through because Cobain could write hooks as well as anyone (having grown up with The Pixies and Beatles on rotation) and had a raw, angry, untrained voice that was as far from the overproduced pop of the day as you could get. Combine that with the band's DIY look and... what happened happened.

Also, don't discount how much Cobain's looks played a part. The guy had a chiseled face with blue eyes and blond hair, and the fact that he didn't seem to care made it all the more appealing. He looked like an icon and was easy to splash across covers.
 
2021-09-24 11:31:49 AM  

Flappyhead: STRYPERSWINE: I was in high school and had been playing guitar for a year and I was pissed when I heard Nirvana.  "You mean to tell me that this guy gets to be a famous musician?  And I'm just a high schooler playing for ONE year and I can already play circles around him??  I thought you had to earn your way onto a stage through practice and talent!"

Let me guess, your music teacher hated you?


Because of one weird trick.
 
2021-09-24 11:34:06 AM  
The Low End Theory is the greatest hip hop album of all time.
 
2021-09-24 11:38:57 AM  

Snapper Carr: It's true that it was largely luck that led to them exploding like they did to the degree that they changed the music industry.


two years ago I was in Seattle and visited the MoPOP museum - pop culture, movie props, music, and so on.  they had Clapton's "Layla" guitar - the very guitar - and Jimi Hendrix's white Strat from "Woodstock", to name just two of maybe 40-50 historic guitars on display.

they had this amazing Nirvana exhibit (and I'm not really a huge fan).  Kurt's childhood record player, his first guitar, drawings, report cards, and so on, all up to his demise.  various clothing items (along with pictures of Rolling STone, Newsweek, Time, etc., covers of him wearing that exact shirt/sweater).  Polaroids, handwritten letters, contracts, mementos from the "Unplugged" show, and so on.  just amazing stuff.

but one really moving thing was the fan club letter they sent out in August 1991.  it was several jokey, ball-busty paragraphs about recording their latest album.  "we ran down to LA in March and recorded our new album that we hope you'll like.  it's coming out next month so please buy it if you can.  we'll be touring and hopefully hitting a city near you.  we're really happy with it and the plan for 1992 is COMPLETE WORLD DOMINATION!  Thanks for being with us from the start, signed [the band]."

it was just crazy.  they were totally joking, to their very small fan base, but in a kind of "Monkey's Paw" twist, the thing they were obviously joking about, came to fruition.  and a scant 2.5 years later, it was all too much for Kurt.
 
2021-09-24 11:40:52 AM  

Incorrigible Astronaut: Snapper Carr: MarkTimeTire: I'll be the first to say that they were very overrated. Just another rock band.

YMMV.

I think Cobain was an exceptional songwriter who had a natural ear.  It's true that it was largely luck that led to them exploding like they did to the degree that they changed the music industry.  There were several bands who could have accomplished the same thing had the timing been right - Janes Addiction, Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies etc.  They just happened to have been the crest of a wave that was building for several years up to that point

Nirvana broke through because Cobain could write hooks as well as anyone (having grown up with The Pixies and Beatles on rotation) and had a raw, angry, untrained voice that was as far from the overproduced pop of the day as you could get. Combine that with the band's DIY look and... what happened happened.

Also, don't discount how much Cobain's looks played a part. The guy had a chiseled face with blue eyes and blond hair, and the fact that he didn't seem to care made it all the more appealing. He looked like an icon and was easy to splash across covers.


He also gave no f*cks in life.  I remember reading that he was arrested for serving a beat down to some homophobe, and was in general an outspoken lgbt+ ally.  Farking love it.
 
2021-09-24 11:43:22 AM  
The really funny thing about this album is that for a good month or so after it came out, Nirvana were pretty much unknown.  I kept hoping it would be a big album, but part of me keep thinking like Sonic Youth's Goo or the Pixies' stream of excellent albums, Nevermind would never really crack the top 40 and would become an underground classic.

Guess I was wrong.  Nirvana is the Sgt Pepper of the 90s, love it or hate it.

Honestly don't even have a copy anymore, though I do have Bleach in my collection.
 
2021-09-24 11:45:32 AM  
Thus came out a year later and is way better...

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2021-09-24 11:45:58 AM  

time is tight: Hawk24: Subtonic: Hawk24: Subtonic: Benevolent Misanthrope: Thirty years ago Friday, one of the most consequential days in modern music history occurred when Nirvana, A Tribe Called Quest, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Soundgarden all released seminal albums.

Jesus Fark, I feel old.

1990 was 40 years ago.

Check your math there, Lou.

2021-1990 = 41

Okay, a little off.

LOL! Try again. Use a calculator if you have to.

Was going to say.  I'm 52, and was 21 in 1990.   So.......


One of the first signs of getting old is age-related dementia.
 
2021-09-24 11:46:33 AM  

Marcos P: Thus came out a year later and is way better...

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They were great live, too!
 
2021-09-24 11:47:07 AM  

MarkTimeTire: I'll be the first to say that they were very overrated. Just another rock band.


I will agree they are overrated, but they did change the musical landscape, and that is noteworthy.

By the time Kurt died, music was already changing again.  I think Nirvana would have faded to obscurity if Kurt hadn't cemented his immortality by eating some buckshot.  They would be remembered, but not with the reverence they currently enjoy.
 
2021-09-24 11:48:42 AM  
Incorrigible Astronaut:Nirvana broke through because Cobain could write hooks as well as anyone (having grown up with The Pixies and Beatles on rotation) and had a raw, angry, untrained voice that was as far from the overproduced pop of the day as you could get. Combine that with the band's DIY look and... what happened happened.

Also, don't discount how much Cobain's looks played a part. The guy had a chiseled face with blue eyes and blond hair, and the fact that he didn't seem to care made it all the more appealing. He looked like an icon and was easy to splash across covers.


I think a lot of it was convergence.  Nirvana managed to build between several different underground groups.  They came straight out of the punk scene with attitude and vocals, looked like the college scene, had enough musical composure to appeal to some metal heads, and wrote hooks that could carry through to the main stream.  They just accidentally appealed to fringe portions of enough groups to break through.

I don't mention grunge because grunge itself was in the same position as Nirvana.  They were the smaller bands some people around liked, but once it scaled up the other groups just collapsed into grunge.
 
2021-09-24 11:53:01 AM  

STRYPERSWINE: I was in high school and had been playing guitar for a year and I was pissed when I heard Nirvana.  "You mean to tell me that this guy gets to be a famous musician?  And I'm just a high schooler playing for ONE year and I can already play circles around him??  I thought you had to earn your way onto a stage through practice and talent!"


Well, most importantly, you have to write good songs. If you release an album just playing scales for 60 minutes no one will want to listen to it. And for some reason Nirvana rarely gets labeled as pop-punk, but that's what I'd call them. Most beginner guitarists could also easily play Ramones, Green Day, etc. too.
 
2021-09-24 11:54:44 AM  

whidbey: The really funny thing about this album is that for a good month or so after it came out, Nirvana were pretty much unknown.  I kept hoping it would be a big album, but part of me keep thinking like Sonic Youth's Goo or the Pixies' stream of excellent albums, Nevermind would never really crack the top 40 and would become an underground classic.

Guess I was wrong.  Nirvana is the Sgt Pepper of the 90s, love it or hate it.

Honestly don't even have a copy anymore, though I do have Bleach in my collection.


First time I remember hearing it was the day before Thanksgiving during a ride home from college on the big local metal station.  I remember it was in between Warrant and Aerosmith, which really kind of tells you about the state of music at the time.

By the time Christmas break ended I think everyone in the halls had a copy, it was like they were handing them out at the front desk.
 
2021-09-24 11:55:46 AM  

ViolentEastCoastCity: was in general an outspoken lgbt+ ally. Farking love it.


yup.  way ahead of the curve on that front.  "Incesticide"s liner notes, he wrote this:

If any of you in any way hate homosexuals, people of different color, or women, please do this one favor for us-leave us the fark alone! Don't come to our shows and don't buy our records.
 
2021-09-24 11:58:06 AM  

Skarekrough: whidbey: The really funny thing about this album is that for a good month or so after it came out, Nirvana were pretty much unknown.  I kept hoping it would be a big album, but part of me keep thinking like Sonic Youth's Goo or the Pixies' stream of excellent albums, Nevermind would never really crack the top 40 and would become an underground classic.

Guess I was wrong.  Nirvana is the Sgt Pepper of the 90s, love it or hate it.

Honestly don't even have a copy anymore, though I do have Bleach in my collection.

First time I remember hearing it was the day before Thanksgiving during a ride home from college on the big local metal station.  I remember it was in between Warrant and Aerosmith, which really kind of tells you about the state of music at the time.

By the time Christmas break ended I think everyone in the halls had a copy, it was like they were handing them out at the front desk.


My CD had that really freaky track "Endless Nameless" at the end.   I was like "what's this 20 minute countdown? I don't hear anything," and then about 8 minutes into the guitar begins.

Wish I still had it. : \
 
2021-09-24 11:58:12 AM  

Lord Bear: MarkTimeTire: I'll be the first to say that they were very overrated. Just another rock band.

I will agree they are overrated, but they did change the musical landscape, and that is noteworthy.

By the time Kurt died, music was already changing again.  I think Nirvana would have faded to obscurity if Kurt hadn't cemented his immortality by eating some buckshot.  They would be remembered, but not with the reverence they currently enjoy.


I feel like that time period was also the least mainstream that the mainstream ever got, if that makes sense. Even Pantera had a number 1 record in '94.
 
2021-09-24 12:00:38 PM  

Incorrigible Astronaut: Snapper Carr: MarkTimeTire: I'll be the first to say that they were very overrated. Just another rock band.

YMMV.

I think Cobain was an exceptional songwriter who had a natural ear.  It's true that it was largely luck that led to them exploding like they did to the degree that they changed the music industry.  There were several bands who could have accomplished the same thing had the timing been right - Janes Addiction, Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies etc.  They just happened to have been the crest of a wave that was building for several years up to that point

Nirvana broke through because Cobain could write hooks as well as anyone (having grown up with The Pixies and Beatles on rotation) and had a raw, angry, untrained voice that was as far from the overproduced pop of the day as you could get. Combine that with the band's DIY look and... what happened happened.

Also, don't discount how much Cobain's looks played a part. The guy had a chiseled face with blue eyes and blond hair, and the fact that he didn't seem to care made it all the more appealing. He looked like an icon and was easy to splash across covers.


Wait, what color were Kurdt Cobain's eyes?


/snicker
 
2021-09-24 12:00:38 PM  

browntimmy: Lord Bear: MarkTimeTire: I'll be the first to say that they were very overrated. Just another rock band.

I will agree they are overrated, but they did change the musical landscape, and that is noteworthy.

By the time Kurt died, music was already changing again.  I think Nirvana would have faded to obscurity if Kurt hadn't cemented his immortality by eating some buckshot.  They would be remembered, but not with the reverence they currently enjoy.

I feel like that time period was also the least mainstream that the mainstream ever got, if that makes sense. Even Pantera had a number 1 record in '94.


It was a good time to be living in Seattle, I'll tell you that.
 
2021-09-24 12:06:36 PM  

Skarekrough: By the time Christmas break ended I think everyone in the halls had a copy, it was like they were handing them out at the front desk.


ha.  "that" CD for me was Pearl Jam 10.  in the Navy barracks, you'd walk down the hall and every 15 feet hear a song from that album blasting behind the door.  half the guys started wearing flannel and growing out their hair as long as they were permitted.

a few guys were into Nirvana but my circle of friends, it was all about Jane's and the Pumpkins.  Got to see them (SPs) at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco (i was stationed in Eureka, CA, about a 5 hour drive from SFO) in October 1993, just as "Siamese Dream" was  starting to explode.  Fun memory.
 
2021-09-24 12:10:13 PM  

rickythepenguin: ViolentEastCoastCity: was in general an outspoken lgbt+ ally. Farking love it.

yup.  way ahead of the curve on that front.  "Incesticide"s liner notes, he wrote this:

If any of you in any way hate homosexuals, people of different color, or women, please do this one favor for us-leave us the fark alone! Don't come to our shows and don't buy our records.


Yes!  I forgot about that.  I'll always love them for it.
 
2021-09-24 12:14:59 PM  
Really, another one of these? Meanwhile nothing gets written about how Cobain was taken out by someone who still walks free. It's a f*cking travesty.
 
2021-09-24 12:18:03 PM  

STRYPERSWINE: I was in high school and had been playing guitar for a year and I was pissed when I heard Nirvana.  "You mean to tell me that this guy gets to be a famous musician?  And I'm just a high schooler playing for ONE year and I can already play circles around him??  I thought you had to earn your way onto a stage through practice and talent!"


What, like in the movies?

Any kind of talent is just one factor.  Luck, connections, 'clicking' with a large audience, right place at the right time, the ability to BS and BS with the right people....There are multitudes of acts that have more talent that go nowhere or only achieve a smaller amount because what they do isn't what the public decides is what they want at the moment.  It's hard to think of any big successful act that is head and shoulders above everyone else just based on talent.  If talent was the only factor, the whole music scene would look entirely different.
 
2021-09-24 12:18:16 PM  

rickythepenguin: Skarekrough: By the time Christmas break ended I think everyone in the halls had a copy, it was like they were handing them out at the front desk.

ha.  "that" CD for me was Pearl Jam 10.  in the Navy barracks, you'd walk down the hall and every 15 feet hear a song from that album blasting behind the door.  half the guys started wearing flannel and growing out their hair as long as they were permitted.

a few guys were into Nirvana but my circle of friends, it was all about Jane's and the Pumpkins.  Got to see them (SPs) at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco (i was stationed in Eureka, CA, about a 5 hour drive from SFO) in October 1993, just as "Siamese Dream" was  starting to explode.  Fun memory.


Oddly enough I still don't consider Ten one of my faves, it kind of has a flat sound (IMNSHO), but I did enjoy some of their later albums quite a bit, like "No Code."

I loved the live versions of songs off Ten they played on MTV when it came out, like "Evenflow."  They had more of a kick than the originals.  And do you remember Pearl Jam Unplugged? 

Side note:  Have those shows been released on DVD?  "120 Minutes" on DVD would be tops.
 
2021-09-24 12:34:50 PM  

whidbey: Oddly enough I still don't consider Ten one of my faves, it kind of has a flat sound (IMNSHO), but I did enjoy some of their later albums quite a bit, like "No Code."


i wouldn't call myself a fan.  i respect them but, they've swung through town a few times and i never bothered to go.  i did see them once and they were magnificent live.  but just never stuck with them.  "10" was amazing but I quickly outgrew it, Vitalogy was ok, but i never stuck with them.

and fun memory of that show....I was a huge, huge fan of one of the great bands that should have been massive, but only really did one album:  The La's.  their one hit, "There She Goes", which was in every other 90s rom-com (and is like, the 4th best song on the self-titled album.  So. At that show, circa 2000, maybe 2001, meaning the album was 10 years old, Eddie goes, "this next song is, uh, our drummer found this album in spain and we listened to it every day for like, 4 months on tour.  Anyone heard of 'The La's'?  from the lawn seats, I shout and holler.  Me and about 9 other people.

Eddie goes, "you're all full of shiat, this is 'Timeless Melody'!"  I was absolutely floored. I thought I was the only guy not in the La's, that knew that song.  10 years on and they play perhaps the best song on the album.  Absolutely amazed.

/and they encored with I think Baba O'Riley and Yellow Ledbetter.  That didn't suck....
 
2021-09-24 12:47:29 PM  

rickythepenguin: whidbey: Oddly enough I still don't consider Ten one of my faves, it kind of has a flat sound (IMNSHO), but I did enjoy some of their later albums quite a bit, like "No Code."

i wouldn't call myself a fan.  i respect them but, they've swung through town a few times and i never bothered to go.  i did see them once and they were magnificent live.  but just never stuck with them.  "10" was amazing but I quickly outgrew it, Vitalogy was ok, but i never stuck with them.

and fun memory of that show....I was a huge, huge fan of one of the great bands that should have been massive, but only really did one album:  The La's.  their one hit, "There She Goes", which was in every other 90s rom-com (and is like, the 4th best song on the self-titled album.  So. At that show, circa 2000, maybe 2001, meaning the album was 10 years old, Eddie goes, "this next song is, uh, our drummer found this album in spain and we listened to it every day for like, 4 months on tour.  Anyone heard of 'The La's'?  from the lawn seats, I shout and holler.  Me and about 9 other people.

Eddie goes, "you're all full of shiat, this is 'Timeless Melody'!"  I was absolutely floored. I thought I was the only guy not in the La's, that knew that song.  10 years on and they play perhaps the best song on the album.  Absolutely amazed.

/and they encored with I think Baba O'Riley and Yellow Ledbetter.  That didn't suck....


PJ always had cool covers on hand to do, like Neil Young's "F*!#in' Up ."
 
2021-09-24 12:53:58 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Thirty years ago Friday, one of the most consequential days in modern music history occurred when Nirvana, A Tribe Called Quest, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Soundgarden all released seminal albums.

Jesus Fark, I feel old.


More time has passed between Nevermind and today than between Chubby Checker's The Twist and Nevermind.
 
2021-09-24 1:05:04 PM  

Adebisi: Benevolent Misanthrope: Thirty years ago Friday, one of the most consequential days in modern music history occurred when Nirvana, A Tribe Called Quest, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Soundgarden all released seminal albums.

Jesus Fark, I feel old.

More time has passed between Nevermind and today than between Chubby Checker's The Twist and Nevermind.


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2021-09-24 1:14:25 PM  
I agree with the commenters that they pushed the hair bands out and started playing rock, which was a good thing.
 
2021-09-24 1:15:31 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Thirty years ago Friday, one of the most consequential days in modern music history occurred when Nirvana, A Tribe Called Quest, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Soundgarden all released seminal albums.

Jesus Fark, I feel old.


September 1991 was straight fire from beginning to end.  Hell, even country music got in on the act, even if people don't think Garth Brooks is country...
 
2021-09-24 1:16:53 PM  

Adebisi: Benevolent Misanthrope: Thirty years ago Friday, one of the most consequential days in modern music history occurred when Nirvana, A Tribe Called Quest, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Soundgarden all released seminal albums.

Jesus Fark, I feel old.

More time has passed between Nevermind and today than between Chubby Checker's The Twist and Nevermind.


Thirty years before Nevermind was released, the Beatles had not yet appeared on a recording. ("My Bonnie" with Tony Sheridan was released in October 1961.)
 
2021-09-24 1:23:06 PM  

Trainspotr: Adebisi: Benevolent Misanthrope: Thirty years ago Friday, one of the most consequential days in modern music history occurred when Nirvana, A Tribe Called Quest, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Soundgarden all released seminal albums.

Jesus Fark, I feel old.

More time has passed between Nevermind and today than between Chubby Checker's The Twist and Nevermind.

Thirty years before Nevermind was released, the Beatles had not yet appeared on a recording. ("My Bonnie" with Tony Sheridan was released in October 1961.)


All that tells me is that music changed rapidly in 10 years during the 1960s, while the paradigm remained much the same during the 90s and 2000s, and was already on a decline.

Most music is a niche industry these days, with record companies still promoting pop cash cows for Superbowl Halftimes.
 
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