NOSTALGIA: When Nirvana was basically the biggest band on the planet


Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who became something of a savior for a disgruntled generation before his death by suicide in 1994
Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who became something of a savior for a disgruntled generation before his death by suicide in 1994

From the early to mid-90s, Nirvana was the biggest band on the planet, Kurt Cobain was basically God, and grunge was the height of cool.

After ultra-macho, long hair, often misogynist, mainstream rock and hyper-sanitized corporate pop, a generation of malcontents suddenly found a new prophet with an angelic face, messy blonde curtains, slightly moldy cardigans. and torn. jeans that sang of heart-shaped boxes, the teenage spirit, Leonard Cohen’s afterlife worlds one could sleep in forever, and more specifically that it was okay to eat fish because they have no feeling.

Kurt Cobain, joined by Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, were the reluctant poster artists of a kind of supercharged post-punk revival that was entirely anti-American business, false smiles, conformity, runaway capitalist acquisition and being without shame a bit of a negative creep. Nirvana has done very lawless things like appearing on Top of the Pops and refusing to obediently act out the required selected song. Kurt trashed the stages, manly unafraid to sing about vulnerability, grief, depression, and feeling completely off Main Street.

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For me at 14, Nirvana’s founding album Nevermind was the soundtrack to an anguished existence where challenging adults and especially teachers seemed appropriate, and it was suddenly cool to be so uncool that you became in made immensely cool.

The era of grunge was a turning point in music history and all of a sudden everyone wanted to be grunge, and I used to play this album that changed the world on repeat until that I understood every word, and every guitar riff seemed to speak to my soul. .

The tragedy for Kurt Cobain was that, while being openly alternative, his foreign-style music became overwhelmingly mainstream, as many who did not feel on board with orthodoxy felt they had found the hymns that summed up their deep feeling of alienation.

And so alienation has become a new orthodoxy.

Kurt’s fame spiked, and his life tragically ended in suicide in 1994 when he was at the height of his status as a god of rock.

Obviously, for those of us who loved Nirvana and the grunge era, the music, lyrics, ripped jeans, headboard hair, and attitude would stay on point, but I wish more artists contemporaries retain the punk spirit and Kurt’s contempt for rock without a corporate soul.

Bring back the grunge I said, and long live the legacy of the inimitable Kurt Cobain.


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