Sunday, July 17, 2005
Do You Remember?
Kurt Cobain, (1967-1994)
Do you remember when you first heard Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit?
For me, it was 1992 and I was a freshman in high school. I had stayed the night a friend's house over the weekend. We spent the night like most 14-year olds: playing video games, eating pizza, drinking Pepsi and watching movies.
The next morning I woke up to the radio playing. We must have left the radio on all night. As I was lying there waking up, I heard the DJ introduce the next song. He talked about how this new song was climbing the charts fast.
At this point in my life, I was not really into music. I had a few cassettes, like Gun and Roses, AC/DC and Def Leopard, but what I was about to hear was going to change my life and my music collection.
The DJ played Smells Like Teen Spirit. I just laid on the floor and listened. It was SO odd. It was SO raw, SO loud, and SO angry. I had never heard anything like that. And I SO liked it.
After seeing the video a couple of times on MTV I was a fan. I remember where I was specifically when I saw new videos of theirs. I learned to play every song on the guitar, I grew my hair long just like Kurt. I learned their lyrics and cranked their CDs.
The year Kurt killed himself, I was planing to go to Sacramento to see Nirvana in concert on New Year's Eve. Unfortunately, my father put a stop to that, saying it was too dangerous to be out of town on New Years. Too many drunk drivers, he said. For what it's worth, I have seen the Foo Fights and Chris Novoselic's band in concert.
Nirvana has impacted me greatly. Because of Nirvana, I learned to play the guitar. Because of Nirvana I was introduced to other bands like Sound Garden, Pixies, Alice and Chains, Pearl Jam, Jane's Addiction, They Might Be Giants, Smashing Pumpkins and Sonic Youth.
Because of Nirvana, I now had an outlet for my anger. Nirvana gave me someone/something to idealize, they gave me words to scream, and songs to play.
Thank you Nirvana.