The funny thing for me is that I was a big fan of 80s hard rock – unironically and unabashedly. Yet when I heard “Smells Like Teen Spirit” the first time, I thought it was super-f**king cool. Oddly, at that time, all my “hard rock” friends denounced Nirvana, trashed Cobain and basically blamed him for the decline of the “metal” years. For a time, I’m ashamed to say, I might have gone along with that thinking so as not to be an “outcast.” Whatever. Might as well blame Nirvana/Cobain for the dinosaurs dying off, global warming and our current economic woes. That’s how much sense it made at the time (and does now). Nevermind was a game changer – an announcement – and a desperately needed one – hard rock of the 80s was already dead – it just took one album to put the nail in a coffin that was waiting for it. That said, Nevermind is still one of the most amazing albums you can listen to, regardless of genre. Long live Nirvana.
I am so far away from hip, you might as well call me “little toe” or something. I’m not sure I could speak to anyone left off this list or included by error but I will say it’s made my afternoon as I troll the internet filling out job applications. Thanks Stereogum.