Every one knows Seattle is known for its great music scene and coffee, its even the Birth place of the great Jimi Hendrix himself! But it might have out done itself when it pushed out the grunge Band Nirvana. The bands name itself meaning something peaceful and not of this place earth we call home, is kind of an oxymoron. The group had a restless and troubled career in its prolific life span of seven years. Besides the creation of three studio albums:
*In Utero (1993)
Within those albums are unforgettable songs such as Smells like Teen Spirit, Come as you are and Heart Shaped Box.
They accomplished the feat of making underground garage music somewhat mainstream bringing it to radio stations and television shows all over the world. Giving a face to the alternative music scene and the youth of that time a voice. Nirvana even started a fashion trend, that was somewhat already in affect at the time but was considered glorified thrift store vogue. Which was really what the community of alternative music could afford, so they wore it proudly as a statement and kind of a finger thrown upwards to society. Baggy pants, most likely to have holes with a tattered dirty look and flannels were the new thing to have when Nirvana came into the spotlight and retailers cashed in on coping the look with fresh, distressed looking garments for the public to buy. I should say here that this was one of the things that bothered the lead singer and founder of the band Kurt Cobain, it rubbed him raw with irritation. The money and fame he accumulated through his talent was a double edge sword to the troubled man and he never did fully enjoy his success.
Drugs, alcohol and depression led to the end of the the great singer songwriter, bringing him to commit suicide at the young age of 27 leaving behind a daughter, wife, family and countless fans that will never truly understand the demons that plagued Kurt Cobain. But we will surly miss him and be forever grateful for the mark he left here on earth with his words and music before he decided to leave this place and his existence. Causing anger and pain to ones who loved and admired him… but with our adoration for him we forgive Cobain and thank him kindly for what he has left behind. Courtney Love, his wife, was quoted in saying she would “Fuck him and them kill him again”, he tried to commit suicide three times before being successful, giving him membership to the 27 club. A club that is full of artist that all left the earth at the age of twenty seven. The members include Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and the newest tragic member… Amy Winehouse.
The band Nivana was formed in the year 1987 and remained a group until 1994. Members included Kurt Cobain- singer/guitarist, Krist Novoselic- bassist and Dave Grohl- the final drummer of the band. They first got together in Aberdeen, Washington. But made presence known in Seattle developing a sound that was loud, almost punkish and combined it with quiet verses backing it up with in your face choruses. Winning them an audience and life long a fan base that will forever remember the flagship band.
Some of the bands lyrics that may strike a cord with you are:
*”Never met a wise man, if so its a wise woman.”
*”I’m so happy cause today I found my friends, their in my head.”
*”I’m so ugly but that’s okay cause so are you”
*”I wish I was like you, easily amused.”