In September 1991, I knew little about the doings of kids meandering about in Seattle. They were a moody bunch gravitating to an alternative sound that was both dark and brightly pulsating at the same time. It spoke to the masses. It whispered to the individual. It rallied the disaffected, misunderstood and mocked Generation X. The adults called us slackers, yet they didn’t even bother to give us a proper name.
“With the lights out, it’s less dangerous. Here we are now, entertain us.”
I bet you don’t see me as a grunge gal and I wasn’t in the sense of what the media portrayed it to be–Doc Martens, overpriced flannel shirts and knit caps, unwashed hair. Yet the depths of grunge were more than that. It was an emotional tug and pull from the core of the artists to their listeners.
“I’m worse at what I do best, and for this gift I feel blessed.”
In our generation, we grew up with a fear of two men, in countries separated by oceans and miles of land, having the power to push buttons and launch us into war. While we watched the Challenger explode in public some of our families were disintegrating in private. Pics of missing children ended up pasted on milk cartons. We learned that greed was good, but AIDS was very bad. Our world was not safe, and we were cynical munchkins who were not going to swallow what we were being fed. MTV and our music were the only truth-tellers.
“She’s over bored and self-assured, oh no, I know a dirty word.”
Twenty years ago today, Nirvana released their second album, “Nevermind.” It wasn’t the start of what took over the world as the grunge movement since Pearl Jam’s “Ten” had come out a month before and the pings of this alternative rock sounded as early as the mid-’80s. Yet it helped the movement turn the corner, outstretch its arms and cradle the rest of us in tight and warm.
“Our little group has always been, and always will to the end.”
What was the musical movement of your teen years?
Did Nirvana and the grunge gang speak to you?
What are some of your favorite Nirvana/grunge genre songs?