Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Hello to anyone who knows me

  • I was listening to Radio 1's Newsbeat on the potential smoking ban in England and they were using man on the street sound bites which included this utterly confusing exchange:
    "It worked in Ireland, though, didn't it?"
    "Yeah, but Ireland's not a country."

  • Yeah, that's sort of how I proposed to my wife.

  • Why is America great? Because we're putting televisions in our urinal cakes.

  • Honestly. Can someone please explain to me why Nirvana were supposed to be so great and groundbreaking? A box set of previously unreleased garbled nonsense from the band has been released and radio presenters are wetting themselves with glee. I don't get it. What am I missing that made Nirvana one of the greatest musical acts in history?

    Greg said...

    Nirvana (almost single-handedly) helped turn the popular music industry away from the glitz and glamour of hair metal and onto more pure emotional rock (unfortunately, that didn't last very long) and summed up the attitude of lots of younger kids who were dissatisfied with both the Reagan era of America and the general music scene. Having not heard the new boxed set, I can't comment about it, but if you have it and don't want it, feel free to send it to me.

    On a side note, really good metal was going underground and is just now becoming slightly more popular again, though it a greatly different form.

    Chris Cope said...

    I'll agree with you, Greg, that Nirvana were offering something new in the specific period of time in which they emerged, but the thing is, it wasn't new. The punk movement of the 70s and 80s had already done everything they did. I don't understand how Nirvana were greater or more influential than Black Flag or the Dead Kennedys.

    The only metal I was listening to at the time was Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth. I would suspect you're not referencing them when talking about underground metal bands that were good. My friend was listening to Celtic Frost, Sepultura and Napalm Death -- I HOPE you aren't referring to those bands, either.

    Greg said...

    No, most of the good metal bands are mostly unrecognizable names now, a few of the good old ones such as Slayer and Motorhead are still around though.

    I think the main difference between punk and grunge/alternative rock was the fact that grunge wasn't seen as a class based issue as was the case with punk. There wasn't really any political or social protest within the music, but it was a radically different style from the mainstream culture of the time. That too is part of it. Punk (true punk) has never become mainstream, for various reasons. Grunge was able to make that transition (hence a lot of people saying bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam sold out when they made it big, something you don't hear about the Dead Kennedys).

    Jenny said...

    Ireland's not a country ... it's a state of mind.