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Granted, Nirvana revived rock, but the band has Britney to answer for too
SF chronicle ^ | Monday, April 5, 2004 | Aidin Vaziri

Posted on 04/05/2004 6:36:54 PM PDT by KneelBeforeZod

Everyone thinks Nirvana was the best thing to happen to pop music since Gerry & the Pacemakers.

Well, what about the part where they were responsible for Britney Spears and the return of teen-pop because they made everyone so miserable?

And who do you think is responsible for the Backstreet Boys, Bush, the Iraq war, gonorrhea, Avril Lavigne and everything else bad?

Looking back, Nirvana was just as useless as Adam and the Ants. So here's how Kurt and Co. ruined the world ...

... For Britney Spears: Before Nirvana, the battle lines were clearly drawn. The cool people liked the Pixies and Replacements, everyone else was a bunch of jerks. But after "Smells Like Teen Spirit" everything fell apart. Suddenly Terence Trent D'Arby fans were buying up copies of "Zen Arcade" and rock became pop -- fooling people into thinking that Hanson and Britney Spears were actually respectable. That or they just got tired of all the loud guitars and endless moaning.

... For Puddle of Mudd: About four hours after "Nevermind" came out, so did the clones. No one thought it could get any shoddier than Stone Temple Pilots, but then Bush arrived. Yet those thinking the worst was over were dead wrong -- there was still the wrath of the other bald tattooed men moaning about their miserable childhoods in bands like Staind, Puddle of Mudd and Creed. And what about the Vines? That's like if someone took Kurt Cobain's DNA sample, dropped it on the floor in some lint, and still made a clone anyway. Messed up.

... For Courtney Love: If Nirvana never got famous, then she wouldn't have married Kurt Cobain, he wouldn't have helped her write all the songs on Hole's breakthrough album, "Live Through This," and no one would have cared that she was such a desperate attention freak with a bad dye job and implants. But instead of fading into obscurity along with L7 and Bikini Kill, now we're forced to read about her antics every week in "Teen People."

... For Dave Grohl: He's the most boring rock star on the planet. Sure, he plays in every band from the Queens of the Stone Age to Probot, but imagine how wonderful the world would be without the dreary generic toss of the Foo Fighters. It's almost like that guy from the Lemonheads getting totally famous and making millions upon millions of dollars for sounding just like Blind Melon. It's just plain unfair. Plus he looks like Cojo.

... For flannel shirts: Here's a good idea -- let's all dress like lesbian trailer-park lumberjacks. Operating under the mistaken impression that rock stars should look poorer than their audiences, Nirvana dressed like hobos, inspiring everyone from Soul Asylum on down to follow suit. If the Spice Girls had never arrived, then our celebrities may have never gone back to a more respectable wardrobe of spandex and leather. Bless their hearts.

... For guitars: Before Nirvana arrived, everyone knew music after the year 2000 would totally be technological and rad -- just robots playing crazy drum 'n' bass with androids singing over it. People were totally sick of hearing lousy guitar rock by Eric Clapton and Tom Petty. But then Nirvana made guitars popular again, opening the gates for bands like the White Stripes and Nickelback to exist now. If it weren't for Bjork, we might as well all still be cavemen right now.

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To: Sam's Army
Since Man's Ruin Records is now defunct, a lot of that good old stuff is out of print. You can get some of it from e-bay, and other sources, but most of it's lost and gone forever. I have most of the Desert Sessions material on CD. Contact me if there's something you can't find. I'm a huge collector.

51 posted on 04/06/2004 1:50:42 PM PDT by bc2 ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" - harpseal)
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To: T.Smith
You may want to check out my friend's site

http://www.hellridemusic.com

He leans a little more towards doom, but there's still a ton of reviews, interviews & merch related to the heavy stuff.
52 posted on 04/06/2004 2:25:31 PM PDT by itsamelman ("Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement." -- R. Reagan)
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To: bc2
Thanks for the info. I had a feeling Nick's BS finally caught up with him.

I saw QOTSA w/ ...Trail of Dead last year in LA. Fantastic show. Josh is truly a rocknroll guitar stud. Nick's bass will be missed, but I can honestly say I won't miss the obiligatory Oliveri coke & booze-fueled scream session on each QOTSA album.

Controlled power and agression is the key.

53 posted on 04/06/2004 2:39:01 PM PDT by itsamelman ("Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement." -- R. Reagan)
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To: T.Smith
Welp, they were on stage together that night....many musicians were crossing over bands at that time. You would see the guitarist for one band playing with another band...it was hard to keep up. What happened in that situation was that the guitarist from MLB moved over into Pearl Jam after the overdose. I actually have a video on the formation and the demise of MLB with interviews from all the band, Eddie Veder and all the musicians on the scene then. It's pretty telling to say the least......
54 posted on 04/06/2004 4:29:49 PM PDT by BossLady (What do your choices cost you?)
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To: bc2
Ok, you said it for me: Sonic Youth is also excellent. IMO, the most interesting band since the Velvet Underground.
55 posted on 04/06/2004 5:46:36 PM PDT by moni kerr (Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way)
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To: the OlLine Rebel
If you can't dance to it, I don't wanna hear it. I don't care if you think it's cheesy or nerdy or geeky or "gay", if it's danceable in any possible way, I will probably like it. 1 of the reasons I like country, too. People *actually* dance in country places.

Wow, that's pretty much my feeling as well. Though for some strange reason I can't dance to Latin music or disco.

56 posted on 04/06/2004 5:50:33 PM PDT by moni kerr (Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way)
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To: weegee
The White Stripes would still exist. They get their lead from Billy Childish, not Kurt Cobain.

Don't forget the Yardbirds. Preferably with Jeff Beck.

57 posted on 04/06/2004 5:52:13 PM PDT by moni kerr (Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way)
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To: itsamelman
Yeah, I can deal with everything except for disrespecting the fans. I don't personally endorse the self destructive lifestyles, but as Josh said, it's cool until it starts affecting people personally. Hurting fans and causing your bandmates trouble is no good.
58 posted on 04/06/2004 9:57:05 PM PDT by bc2 ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" - harpseal)
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