Thursday, July 12, 2007

Best Super Brief Review, II

Nirvana Live at Reading Festival '92. This one doesn't even take a complete listening to like.

Readers, what do we think of Nirvana? Sometimes I cannot help but wonder to myself if there will ever be another band like them...or has there already been as influential and direction-changing band since them? OR, are you of the opinion that Nirvana is no big deal?


Scrumpestuous D said...

Having been a very impressionable Junior Highschooler in Seattle during those heady days, Nirvana will always have a very special place in my heart. Offhand, I can't think of a band as influential as them as of yet, though I could possibly see Arcade Fire getting there. But then again, maybe I'm just going through a phase. I suppose time will tell.

JayMoo and Stephoin said...

Scrump, you're going through a phase.

Nirvana is great, truly great. But I don't think they were more great than a few other bands milling around at the time. I think America was waiting for anything that would have come down the pike to change up the scene...Nirvana just happened to be the band that made that happen. But you can see why the rose above others because their music definitely stands out.

Tannerama said...

Nirvana to me will always just be a "meh" kind of band for me. I am aware of the purported influence they had on the industry. However, I feel that the avalanche of accolades that they receive is often undeserved. Their songs are super depressing and kind of what I classify as "sad bastard music." But, Kurt Cobain was a sad bastard so it worked.

Any band I mention as being better will be shot down because Kurt Cobain cemented his band as best band ever by committing suicide when he was at his peak of popularity with legions of devoted fans. Thus becoming a martyr for Generation X. Not intending to sound crass, but, Nirvana truly went out with a bang.

I agree with Jaymoo and Stephoin on the fact that they were good... but not better than many other band around at the time.

Lauren said...

I'm with scrump on this one. But maybe it's because I was a "very impressionable Junior Highschooler in Seattle during those heady days," too.

I also think, though, that Jeff's right. I agree that we were waiting for something big. Come on, those were the days of Boyz II Men, Toni Braxton, Montel Jordan, Ace of Base...

And there were plenty of bands that could've been as big as Nirvana, and in fact, influenced Nirvana -- the Pixies, specifically. (And Sonic Youth. And The Smithereens.)

Since then? Radiohead has taken their place as most influential. That's my opinion, anyway.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Lauren. As in Radiohead is really amazing and has influence so much. As in Muse, Coldpaly...any indie band. But lets not forget Daft Punk. They made dance cool amd with out them you wouldnt have this sweet indie/dance movement going on right now. And I can see Arcade Fire getting to the same level. It will be exciting to see what Arcade Fire becomes.