Before I review Nirvana, I felt the pressing need to talk a little bit about grunge…bear with me, please…
Most people don’t try to even understand the distinction and prefer clubbing grunge under the misleading “alternative rock” genre. Well, it’s much more than that!
The origin of grunge can be traced back to the early nineties… its inception was in Seattle and it soon spread like wildfire among the youth, who were looking for a voice that would probably best express their angst.
Grunge musicians are generally classified as the ones least interested in public acclaim; they say what they want to, their lyrics generally don’t need to make sense (Kurt Cobain just added the phrase “Reproductive Glands” to his song In Bloom without worrying about whether it went along with the rest of the song) and they especially despise theatrics.
Of course, no description of grunge is complete without mentioning Nirvana.
Comprising of Kurt Cobain (vocals), Dave Grohl (drums, and now the vocalist of Foo Fighters) and Krist Novoselic(bassist). Although many people are going to argue that their commercially successful album “Nevermind” is what brought grunge to the fore…
I have to say that “Bleach” really was the one that really has orgasmic grunge at its purest best!!
Nirvana was really a band that is relevant, albeit very controversial with its lyrics.
I’ve heard so many people just say that those songs are mainly about drugs and being high…
I guess songs like “Moist Vagina” where Kurt keeps screaming “Marijuana” are…but there is much more to it than just that.
The angst-filled, depressing lyrics, the insane guitar riffs, and the “start-stop” method (which was exclusively introduced by Nirvana and continues to be popular in the rock genre) prove that drugs were not the only influence.
It’s a pity that Nirvana burned in its own ashes…with Kurt Cobain shooting himself at the age of 27…leaving behind wife Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean.
Although grunge may have died a slow death after that…it still continues to influence modern rock. With the new album by Foo Fighters “Wasting Light,” I feel that Dave is once again reconnecting with his Nirvana past, which he never really liked discussing before.
A few songs that I would recommend for Nirvana enthusiasts would have to be Sappy, Rape Me, Love Buzz, Blew, and Heart-Shaped Box…I know everyone is thinking “Where the hell is Smells Like Teen Spirit” but trust me they have better songs…!!
In the end a quote from Kurt Cobain’s suicide note, “It’s better to burn than to fade away peace, Love and Empathy”