Music — Nirvana Overrated

Why is Nirvana so lauded? Why do people put them on the pedestal with the Beatles? I contend that they have one REALLY good song, an average album surrounding it and then pretty much sh!#-all-else.

The latest post is in the new blog-driven-site MEDIUM Takeoff: The Oral History of Nirvana’s Crossover Moment. I must admit that I was drawn into the Nirvana maelstrom as much as the next guy. I saw their “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in a hostel in Hawaii after returning from a 3 month trip in Oz and NZ. It seemed like a new world was opening with that song. Very cool. But I’d also been into Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone and was most likely the first person in the world to purchase Pearl Jam’s “10” from a retail store (I had the guy at Peaches Records and Tapes in the U-District cut the box open on Tuesday morning (Tuesday was of course the day it was released) and hand me the top cd).

But I digress…where was I?

Oh Yeah Nirvana. What’s up with them? I saw them perform their last show at Pier 56 in Seattle with the Breeders. Good show and all. But it wasn’t like they were anything World Class. You’ve all seen better shows. There are plenty of bands with better music (cough Foo-Fighters cough). What’s up? Is it a James Dean thing? Die young, become famous?

To be blunt if I were to rank the grunge bands (IMO)

  1. Soundgarden
  2. Pearl Jam
  3. Mother Love Bone
  4. Screaming Trees
  5. Melvins
  6. …six other bands…
  7. Nirvana
  8. …million more bands…
  9. Mudhoney

Sorry Mudhoney, but you suck.

So I just don’t get it. What am I missing?

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categories: Music — tags: Nirvana | grunge

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