23 09 11 - 13:16I enjoy Tony Sclafani's articles, and thought he raised a good point in this one:
âNevermindâ has been credited over the years with commercializing grunge and alternative rock, ushering in a more serious era of hard rock, helping to kill off hair metal and establishing Seattle as a musical force (even though Nirvana itself was from Aberdeen, Wash.)
But two decades later, it's still unclear why âNevermind,â of all albums, became so âcontagious,â to quote its lead single, âSmells Like Teen Spirit.â Why didnât albums by Nirvanaâs peers, like Alice in Chains, or predecessors like Husker Du, set the world alight? - MSN
Simple answer: because it cut the balls of metal and made it acceptable for self-pitying teenagers.
Heavy metal is many things, but self-pity isn't one of them. It's charge out to battle and get laid all night music. It's war music, fervent music for people who still believe in life.
What teenagers in the 1990s wanted was an excuse to feel beaten down and to give up. They had after all just lived through the 1980s, and watched the deals made (under the hands of the Baby Boomers) that turned America from an innocent first-world nation into a moribund third-world one. I'm not talking race here per se, although that's part of it. I mean the transition between healthy values to a true self-hating, selfish, neurotic culture.
They didn't want music that said, "The world is yours -- charge! allahu ackbar! eureka! geronimo!"; they wanted music that praised retreat, withdrawal and self-pity.
That's why Kurt Cobain, who thankfully did to his own head what others should have done long ago, finally ushered his sad ass off this planet. Crohn's disease? I don't buy it. He was a self-pitying person who hated the world, and we're all better off that he blew his own jug.