Posted: Nov 27, 2003 7:06 am
Nirvana were revolutionary in the sense that they snuck into the mainstream under the guise of a hair-band, and once established, they set about fucking everything up....they were a kind of punk rock trojan horse...
Not that the Seatle apple fell all too far from the hairmetal tree....all those bands where as rooted in heavymetal and hard rock as they were in punk and underground rock. I got into punk through the influence of Motley Crue and GnR....GnR influenced me to buy a Rhino UK Punk Comp becuase it had the Damned on it and they covered the Damned....likewise with Motley Crue name dropping The Ramones and Sex Pistols constantly.....it was almost logical for a band like Nirvana to happen right at that moment.....But what they did realy did kind of harken in a new era of mainstream culture, all of the sudden Axl Rose went from being Rocknroll Royalty to like bike shorts wearing white trash.....you can understand why MTV would be so influenced by it....Nirvana basically forced them to change thier whole presentationg and format.
From the Entrepenurial percpective, Nirvana clued all the corporate labels on two this, seemingly, new and prety much untapped resource, The Modern Rock Underground (for lack of a better term)....It was like Bill Gates turning the rest of the world on to fucking computers...or more poinantly, the fucking Internet! It was all happening around that time and it was very exiting! Especially if you were a 13 year old.
I personaly never got all that into Nirvana untill about 4 years ago....When I first got into punk rock, I had no clue that there was any kind of punk rock revival going on....put when Nirvana hit and all these underground bands started getting more exposure...that's what I got into. I mean just shit that was better suited for a 13 year olds taste...It's funny because I was never part of any particular punk scene, never was, I mostly got into shit that I thought was great, and also shit that I thought other people would be impressed by, and allow me to influence them...In other words I got into all kinds of music good and bad...and that's how I formed strong opinions about music......anyway to end that tangent....I don't see how a 13 year old could realy get into Bleach....That's my favorite Nirvana album....I mean I just don't see how a 13 year old could possibly relate to that album....it's meant for 24 year olds watching thier lives past by in front of thier lives.....Nirvana realy dumbed it up after that...and that's what allowed them to get famous and start "A Revolution"....but it was only cuz Kurdt Cobain basically didn't give a shit about anything....he could "sell out", he could right dumb pop songs...and he did. He wrote most all of his good songs before they even recorded Bleach....Nirvana just like GnR..wrote most thier best material before they even got famous...and basically got threw 3 albums off of that shit's merit...and then self-destructed....He just didn't give a shit. Alot of people are going to disagree with me, but this is just my opinion.