For those of us not over 50. Let's talk growing up in the 90s. I got in a fight in Physics with a girl who thought Pearl Jam was a better band than Nirvana. Ah, 1995.
I need tons of 1990s anecdotes!
I was more a Brit pop girl. The grunge thing was kind of lame. It just sounded like more shitty metal to me and since all the ratty metalheads switched to Alice in Chains and all that garbage, I think I was right. I did like Bleach and Nevermind but then they sort of lost me.
I cried when River Phoenix died. I can't believe it will 20 years next month.
Yup, I took Physics. Got an A. I made an egg safe in a nest of plastic straws.
I liked 90s music but not so much 90s fashion. I'm a female and was a teen at that time and was a total prisspot who wanted to look like a girl and I did not care for the flannel shirts and all that crap.
I still remember where I was standing in my house when my dad was reading the paper and told me River Phoenix died. Ugh. He was so hot. (River Phoenix , not my dad).
I totally agree with you. 90's was the worst fashion era of all times.
Everyone thinks people in the 90's were cool but we mostly listened to "Breakfast at Tiffany's" by Deep Blue Something a lot.
Courtney shot that fool dead. Suicide my ass.
Kurt suggested being interviewed at The Silver Lake Lounge in (where else) Silver Lake LA, at the time a bizarro latino transvestite bar where Mexican workmen would congregate to chase transvestites and pull on their wigs. Once Kurt's visit became known, the neighborhood began its fast mutation from slightly seedy and neglected boho zone to "Place To Be and Be Seen". The club is now a (mostly) white indie club, documented in the cynical and ugly "Greenberg" starring the cynical and ugly Ben Stiller.
Kurt was the last cool big mainstream person. I guess it partly led to his death, though.
Kurt also thoughtlessly unleashed Daniel Johnston to the mainstream.
Even in death, he's probably saying "Just leave me alone".
R11, you didn't like Greenberg?
Anyway, the 90s, fuck yeah! Fugazi at Irving plaza, the Beasties at the Ritz, Nirvana at the Marquee, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam & RHCP at the Roseland (am I remembering that right?).....
A new movie based on the events surrounding Kurt Cobain's death is in the works. It set to be released in 2014. The main character will be P.I. Tom Grant whom Courtney Love hired after Kurt Cobain left rehab and went "missing". Grant would later go on to accuse Courtney Love of conspiring to murder Kurt Cobain. The title of the movie is, "Soaked In Bleach".
Three chords and a bad attitude. And don't the kids just love it.
I was a senior in high school when both River Phoenix and Kurt Cobain died within 6 months of each other. I can remember it all so clearly.
The Spice Girls were the musical salvation of the '90s. They were fun, talented and beautiful. They were a great antidote to all of the droning depression grunge/post grunge and hip hop. They were also a great relief when compared to all of that pretentious Lilith Fair garbage like Alanis Morisette, Joan Osborn, Melissa Etheridge, etc.
One of the reasons Kurt Cobain killed himself is that he couldn't stand what 'Kurt Cobain' had become. He didn't want to be cool, or heroic. He wanted to be be a musician without the bullshit of celebrity and he couldn't be that once he was made into a hero. Once he became adored, once the yuppies gave him their blessing, he lost his passion for the whole thing and the physical problems he had I believe were only made worse through the deification of his persona, the romanticised legend of the folk hero, much like John Keats or one of those english poets of old.
He wanted the band to be successful and acclaimed but not the rest of it, not to the point where he was like a christ figure. He tried to make himself as unattractive as possible but the problem with Kurt is, it only made him more charismatic and beloved to people.
Kurt Cobain would probably admire the inhumane will to power of somebody like Beyonce Knowles who seems to thrive on the idolisation of millions and feel empowered by it. It was not in his nature to get off on his self image.
Nirvana has a couple of really catchy songs. However, there are many songs of Nirvana which are actually really bad as well.
Pearl Jam is a better band, your friend got it right. Better lyrics, far more mature and promising.
Nirvana got worshiped because of its catchy riffs and for the charming face of Kurt Cobain. Pearl Jam evolved. Nirvana never got that chance. Actually their only good album was Nevermind. In their last album they only had two good songs (Dumb, All Apologies) and in their first NONE with the exception of Love Buzz.
Can't understand the praise for Nirvana. Pearl Jam was a much better band.
I remember the britpop wars, Blur vs Oasis. I miss those days.
If Kurt Cobain was with another woman on his side maybe he would be alive now. A woman like Courtney Love couldn't help him with his drug problem.
The problem with Blur is that they had a chip on their shoulder about being middle class boys (hence Damon Albarn's East London affectations being called 'Mockney') and Oasis, being hard living working class lads from Manchester never let them forget it.
I was more into Euro dance music (Real McCoy, La Bouche, Technotronic), New Jack Swing...say what you want to say about Madonna and Janet Jackson but they released great tunes and videos during the 90s. Couldn't stand the Spice Girls.
Wasn't a fan of grunge so can't really say anything about Kurt Cobain.