Aerosmith, Poison, Bon Jovi… The hair was hideous and the songs were sucktastic.
Fortunately, those days would soon play their big power ballad in the sky.
Outside the mainstream, and unbeknownst to the music industry, the Alternative movement was gaining steam. Bands like The Pixies and Sonic Youth combined elements of pop, punk, and metal to create an experimental new sound.
Then, in 1991, this new sound would crystallize around one band (and later, the bands of one city), knocking down the walls of the music industry and ushering in the era of grunge rock.
SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT
In a dark, mood-lit gym, apathetic cheerleaders led the student body in an alternatingly quiet then loud rock number.
Load up on guns / And bring your friends / It’s fun to lose / And to pretend
The teenage crowd erupts, sending the gym into chaos, as the janitor merrily dances along with his mop.
It was an anthem for Generation X; Nirvana’s breakthrough single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.
Thanks to heavy rotation on MTV, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” became wildly popular, and by January 1992, Nirvana’s debut album, Nevermind, took the #1 spot on the Billboard albums chart. (more…)