So way back in 1988, on this very day, Bobby McFerrin had started his two week run to the number one spot on the U.S. singles chart with 'Don't Worry Be Happy.' Meanwhile on this day twelve years later in 2000, Madonna's track "Music" hit the U.K. charts. That's all fine and dandy we all say, but for us September 24th marks the anniversary of one of rock music's most influential albums. The album we're talking about is none other than that masterpiece of noise, Nevermind, Nirvana'a Bleach follow-up. Nevermind found its way to the number one position by January of 1992.
Many younger folks these days may not know the complete story of how Mr. Kurt Cobain helped shift the face of rock music. However, we see his contribution to music to be equal to that of the contributions of Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek, Brian Jones among others. Cobain had stirred the pot of change in a time when people wouldn't listen to anything outside of their favorite genre. That is unless your aunt Penny made you listen to her vinyl Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass LPs all day. Seriously though, it really wasn't cool to listen to punk music if you were a metal fan and likewise couldn't be listening to bands like Depeche Mode when your homies are listening to The Exploited or G.B.H. and Black Flag. Now, this where Kurt had changed things.
Mordichai with Sativa our beloved and departed chill cat.
He took rock and metal and punk and mushed them neatly together in a very organized fashion, which sounded as if it was out of control, and it freaking worked! Nirvana's Nevermind would be the catalyst for the grunge genre's Seattle Scene exploding on the world stage after Manchester, U.K. was filling the ear canals of the youth with music from the Happy Mondays, Charlatans and the Stone Roses. It was a different time. Metallica had only released their 5th album (2nd with Jason Newstead) one month prior to Nirvana's release of Nevermind.
The unique mixture of music had taken the world by storm and before you knew it, bands like Tool, Soundgarden, and Alice In Chains had also been exhaled to stardom setting the stage for the 90's to birth some crazy new music.
That's all for now. We have to get some Sunday sun in before September ends.
All the best, people & Happy September 24th!