I was leafing through the newest edition of Spin magazine today. The latest issue’s feature is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of one of the biggest, most important albums in rock. The album that has been widely revered as “the record that changed the game”, Nirvana’s second LP Nevermind. Skimming through some of side bits on what other artists had to say about the album my immediate reaction was that I just HAD to weigh in on it. But how in the hell would a music nerd like me with remedial writing skills do due justice to one of the most important albums not just to this blog but in the history of rock and roll? Well I really don’t know but I feel obligated not really to give it a shot but to at least put my spin on it and how it relates to this blog and the Warning Radio podcast.

I loved Nevermind back in the day and I can gladly say that I still do. I can’t really explain it other than Nirvana seemed to be just one of those bands  that “had it” even early on. They looked right, they sound right, the time was just RIGHT. To me it still sounds fresh (which is more than I can say for a lot of similar artists to release CD’s around that time) And as I mentioned before NIrvana is a very important band to this blog because I’ve always felt that the Warning Radio concept was build around all the great underground music that happened between the deaths of two very important people, Ian Curtis and Kurt Cobain. I listen to tons of bands new and old but all the interesting sounds in the 80’s and very early 90’s were very infulentual on me and still are to this day and in my opinion that was the true hey day of alternative music.

Bands from Black Flag to Beat Happening had been bubbling up, paving the way for the alternative explosion for many years making Nirvana’s Nevermind LP possible to be the volcanic eruption that made it so exciting. And the fact that Kurt championed all the bands that made it possible for him to be in the position he was not only made him all that much cooler. Music that people gave a lot for and meant so much to so many was finally being recognized. And I know it may sound cliche but being such a big fan of early alternative music for a number of years I really remember feeling like “wow, we won”

Little did I know the honeymoon wouldn’t last and sadly with success come a dark side with the music business. Every major label was throwing more cash than I will probably ever see at one time trying to find the next big thing and all we ended up getting was flavor of the month.

And the death of Kurt also in many way killed the music that I hold so dear. Nevermind was simply the beginning of the end. But of course what an ending it was. Sure there will be more great rock records but for what it was at that time Nevermind ‘s greatness will never be duplicated It was just what we needed. That is why 20 years later we are still talking about it, still writing about it and still listening to it.


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