Category Archives: Grunge

“Heart-Shaped Box”- Nirvana

Even though my friend Matt always says the best grunge band is not Nirvana but rather Bush and the only reason that Nirvana is so popular is because of Kurt Cobain’s death, I have to disagree. For one, they are an amazing band and that has nothing to do with the fact that Cobain sadly committed suicide.  Additionally, Cobain’s voice just fits the angst-filled lyrics and distorted guitars that is grunge. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is by far Nirvana’s most popular song. It was featured on Nevermind, an album that changed the music scene not only in Seattle but around the world.

But I have already talked about that song (and about my love of flannel shirts). But my new favorite Nirvana song is quickly becoming “Heart-Shaped Box” from their 1993 In Utero, right before Kurt’s downward spiral. It is one of their slower songs, but it allows Kurt’s voice to shine through the distorted background noise.

Many people say that this song is about Courtney Love and Cobain’s relationship. But I really disagree. The lyrics fit well with the theory that it is about a child with cancer. And the music video sort of fits with that take on the lyrics. Though the music video is layered with meaning, many layers which I am just starting to understand.

Overall, it is a great song and the chorus will probably be stuck in my head all day long.

Hey! Wait! I got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice
Hey! Wait! I got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice

Nirvana: Good or just hyped because of the death of Cobain?


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“Smells Like Teen Spirit”-Nirvana and Flannel Shirts

Before I jump into the featured song, I wanted to say that I added a new page to the blog. Basically it is record of all the posts I have done, in alphabetical order because I am a little OCD and because when I was younger I really wanted to be a librarian. This career desire morphed into a halloween costume consisting of a long navy skirt, a blouse, coke bottle glasses, and my hair in a bun. Yeah, a librarian and not the sexy one like in Tina Fey can pull off so well.Tina Fey

Anyways, I realized while I was drinking Starbucks and listening to Nirvana, Modest Mouse, Heart, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam all at the same time the other day that a lot of good things come out of Seattle. Okay, I was actually only listening to Nirvana because the mash-up of those groups would probably cause me to go deaf. But I do like them all and, more importantly, they do all come from Seattle. The band I am most familiar is Nirvana, the “starter” band of the grunge trend. What makes grunge music you ask? I have no fucking idea. I think (aka wiki tells me) it has something to do with fuzzy background noise, being really angry, and wearing flannel?

Curt Cobain-Lead singer of Nirvana

I just I don’t understand how grunge is associated with flannel. In Minnesota, we just wear it when we ice fish, chop down trees, wrestle bears, or when it is cold (so all the time).

Minnesota girl

I think the most famous grunge song people think of is “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana. With the fuzzy background, the guttural almost incomprehensible words that Curt Cobain screams, and the flannel shirts worn by some of the band members in the video, it has it all.

The video was actually named the best music video of all time by MTV and we all know that MTV knows their shit when it comes to music since they air it 24/7 on their channel. I don’t get the huge appeal. Yeah, its an epic rock concert that corrupts the minds of the kids in the audience, but there are some amazing videos out there that put this one to shame.

Have any insights to the deeper meaning of the video? And outside of wearing flannel shirts to grunge concerts, when do you like to wear them? 

Mary Kate apparently loves to wear them while cuddling her dog and drinking beer.



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