Posted: Mar 21, 2012 2:06 pm
right time, right place.
that would be my time and my place. Before Cobain, I was like "ehh music is alright", after Cobain came buying guitars/records, taking drugs, working at radio stations, joining bands, going on tours, etc etc blah blah to where I am today.
I'm sure if you had long been listening to X/ big black/ The Stooges / The misfits / Flipper / The Pixies / stuff on SST / etc in 1991, you were like oh hai this shrimpy blond dirtbag thinks he just invented the power chord and the crappily played guitar solo. But if (like me) you were a 14 year old nerd looking for a sign, it was pretty powerful stuff. But I didn't just stop at Nirvana, Green Day and Bush and think that was the pinnacle of rock n roll. It made me realize that there was weird music and weird musicians out there, and I just wanted to get weirder and weirder and weirder with all of them. Now here I am talking shit on the internet instead of doing my job.
But yeah, while Nirvana definitely opened the door for the commercialization of "punk" and the wasteland of today's rock radio, In Utero and Bleach have aged pretty damn well.