The Downfall of Grunge
Vh1 has already copyrighted the story. The world was run by evil Hair Metal Bands and Nirvana rose up and unseated them from their throne. How glorious. It would appear that Nirvana took a lesson from the Bolshiveks. For once the Bolshiveks took power of the State of Russia they became as tyrannical and corrupt as the bastared Czar they had driven from power.
Nirvana fashion models walking down the runway. Jnco jeans, flannel shirts for $39.99. The word Grunge. Out is in. All of a sudden everyone from Seatlle with a guitar and a sad story gets a record deal. Now you can buy pants pre-worn, already torn up for you so you don't have to bother.
If ever something rebellious comes around The Spectacle cannot shun, it assimilates it. No matter how mutated the formation becomes. Alternative communities can come about that are so seductive even Rolling Stone cannot deny them. The New York Based Up Against the Wall Motherfucker Collective, has something to say about this phenonmena.
When a community fails its goals it "turns-in" upon itself, usually with drug abuse. All of its battles typically become in-fights amongst itself. I liked Nirvana, and I liked Pearl Jam, and I liked Alice in Chains. I still do. But it appears these bands could not even take their own advice in their times of trouble. They sang songs about alienation, isolation, revolt, disenfranchisment, and depression. These are all real things in the real world. Real things young people experience everyday. Because of this they beat the Hair Metal Bands and took the airwaves.
And in the end they all killed themselves are split up. All that needed to be said, was said. They did not know how to move on. It seems one can be isolated alone at the bottom just as well as one can be isolated at the top. Made an unwilling American Celebrity and whisked out into the Holywood Hills.
What now dominates the airwaves are petty imitations of these bands. They express no genuine thought or emotion. They take us now where and offer us nothing. Corporations now use songs from the 1960's to advertise to their baby-booming conusmers. It is appartent that what we are hearing now on the radio is nothing but a trial run for the advertisements of the future. We are a test market. The songs stimulate us just enough for us to remember we are concious. Driving down the street on the way to the apocalypse...