Nirvana's 'Nevermind' was without a doubt the single most important rock & roll record of my generation. Its influence cannot be overstated. It changed not only the musical landscape, but affected nearly every aspect of American culture. Within a year of its release, MTV had completely changed up its format, Starbucks cappuccinos were suddenly a thing, sitcoms and movies were being set in Seattle, and all of the cast of Beverly Hills 90210 were wearing plaid flannel. I knew a 'popular' girl in high school who made fun of one of my friends in 9th grade for wearing drab clothes and combat boots. By Junior Prom, that same girl had 16 eyelet Doc Marten sh*t-kickers dyed to match her dress. Sure, this wasn't the only Seattle Grunge album that became popular in the early 90s–in fact, some might argue that it isn't even 'grunge' at all–but it *was* the one that made it cool to like all of the other ones.
I'm not going to go too much into Nevermind's effects during this show, 20 years after its release. Anyone who was there remembers it well. What I'm going to do is show you how Nevermind came to be. I'm gonna play songs well known to Kurt, Krist, and Dave that plainly illustrate that the 90s revolution had roots dating back over 30 years.
So come as you are, and enjoy the show.
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Meat puppets – Smells like Teen Spirit
The Pixies – Gigantic
Nirvana – Smells like Teen Spirit
Nirvana – In Bloom
Iggy and the Stooges – I need Somebody
Nirvana – Come as you Are
Killing Joke – Eighties
David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World
Nirvana – Breed
Breeders – Hellbound
The Vaselines – Lithium
Half Japanese – Firecracker
Mudhoney – Touch me I'm Sick
Nirvana – Lithium
John Lennon – Look at me
Nirvana – Polly
Nirvana – Territorial Pissings
The Sonics – Strychnine
Nirvana – Drain You
The Vaselines – Son of a Gun
The Wipers – D-7
Nirvana – Lounge Act
Jessica Lea Mayfield – Lounge Act
Nirvana – Stay Away
Sex Pistols – Anarchy in the UK
Nirvana – On a Plain
David Bowie – Width of a circle
Nick Drake – Place to Be
Nirvana – Something in the way
Nirvana – Endless Nameless
Sonic Youth – Goo
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September 27th, 2011
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