|NFC News Everett True reminisces about Nirvana, 20 years post Love Buzz|
If I'd had any idea of the furore that I would cause by stepping off a plane at the snow-covered Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in February 1989, maybe I would have chosen my words more carefully.
I was in the Pacific Northwest to write a two-part story on Seattle's nascent Sub Pop label for my London-based music paper Melody Maker.
The resulting articles were later credited with breaking both Sub Pop - and "grunge" music - to the world. Sub Pop was starting to make a name for itself with its laconic, long-haired rock bands - Soundgarden, Mudhoney, the behemoth-like Tad, Nirvana, Screaming Trees and many others.
I was enchanted. I'd never encountered big dumb rock before.
Unlike metal, which by the late-1980s had degenerated into a bad LA parody of itself, these rockers had an urgency. Already, the Northwest had a sound of its own - "Hard music played to a slow tempo" - as Kurt Cobain described it to me in 1989. A word was needed to describe what was happening: steeped in garage lore and disposable. You didn't need to look far to find something that matched the dirty, abrasive guitar sound of Mudhoney: grunge.
Story courtesy of the Courier Mail.
|Posted or updated: 07-25-2008 @ 4:14 PM (GMT) by Uanah.|
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