Three Years Of Gibberish

BalloonsThree years ago today, I added a Blog page to this web site. The morning of November 30, 2002, I heard "You Know You're Right" on the radio and realized that I'm hearing the same voices I was hearing ten years earlier. I banged off a quick summary of my analysis and emailed it to a group of friends and family.

At this time, blogs were starting to surface on the world wide web and the format appealed to me. What if I banged off these rants/observations, parked them on a public web site and never deleted them? In reverse-chronological order I could maintain a collection of this gibberish that could be revisited at any time. That "Grunge Forever" entry became the first of thousands. Here it is...

November 30, 2002 / 12:27 EST

Nirvana's NevermindGrunge Forever
Music peaked in 1991-1994. Specifically, the days between the release of Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit and the moment a self-inflicted gunshot pierced Kurt Cobain's brain. There is little doubt of this fact.

Here we are in the year 2002..almost 2003 and this music from the early 90's "grunge" scene continues to dominate rock charts. Lets take a closer look at the current top 7 from CFNY's (I'm well aware they're now Edge102, but they'll always be CFNY to me) Thursday 30 which I have posted below.

  1. Nirvana - You Know You're Right
  2. Foo Fighters - All My Life
  3. Pearl Jam - I Am Mine
  4. Queens of the Stone Age - No One Knows
  5. U2 - Electrical Storm
  6. Audioslave - Chochise

Notice anything interesting about these bands? Am I stuck in a time-warp? Holy moly Marge...every band represented or at least a part of every band represented is straight outta 1991. Let's take a closer look, shall we?

Nirvana - A band straight outta 1991.
Foo Fighters - A band with a lead singer and song writer straight outta Nirvana which is a band straight outta 1991.
Pearl Jam - A band straight outta 1991.
Queens of the Stone Age - A song with a drummer straight outta Nirvana which is a band straight outta 1991.
U2 - A band straight outta 1991.
Audioslave - A band with a lead singer straight outta Soundgarden which is a band straight outta 1991.

Get the picture? Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell and Dave Grohl have something to do with 6 of the top 7 songs in the current Thursday 30. Further proof that 1991 Seattle was the epitome of rock unquestionably, undeniably and unarguably.

That first entry was written for a small collection of friends and family and to this day I write for this small group of people. If others want to peak in on the action, it's all good. That's the beauty of this medium. Just about everything I write is off the cuff with almost no revision. I hand code every character in a basic text editor and before I upload a change I only pass the content through a single filter: Is this fit for public consumption? If yes, upload. If no, delete. It doesn't get any easier than that.

All three years are just a click away...

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