- Posted December 9, 2008 by
Lowry Crossing, Texas
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your thoughts on 'Nevermind'
A Turning Point
I've always been a music fan. I love listening to it, seeing performances, and playing it myself. I'm 36 years old so it wasn't too long after I had graduated college when Nevermind was released. Up to that point, my rock and roll diet consisted of a steady diet of Rush, Yes, Police, Zeppelin and others of that ilk. Not a bad list of bands to like but none of them had put anything fresh out in some time. However, I remember exactly where I was when I heard that song for the first time and thinking 'holy cow...this is really something I want to find more of'. Honestly, it didn't take me long to fall out of love w/ that record. "Lounge Act" is my favorite track on the record probably b/c it is both a) good and b) didnt' get the crap played out of it. It was when I bought Bleach that I really started to love Nirvana.
What I appreciate Nevermind the most for was paving the way for other indie bands that I REALLY ended up likinig to get put out into the mainstream. Not so much for the exposure they got, but so that everyone could more readilly get their product. I grew up w/o MTV or cable for that matter. It was a world w/o iTunes, Rhapsody, or Napster. The only way you got exposure to music that wasn't pop, country, or...well, pop, was living close enough to a University-run radio station or having a friend who had access to it.
It wasn't long after the Grunge era started that other indie-rock bands like Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, Superchunk, fIREHOSE, and a wealth of others broke out and started becoming a bit more accessible. Not in terms of listening, but in terms of getting to them. By meeting other people who had tried and liked them, I found other bands who were HUGELY influential to me like Fugazi, The Minutemen, Mission of Burma, Shellac, Pixies, etc etc.
So while the fire of Nevermind burns somewhat dim for me, what it led me to in the process I will always be grateful for.