It’s hard to believe this date is upon us, but Sept. 24, 1991, is the 15th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind, the album that saved many a life, inspired many a band, put the final nail in the parachute-panted coffin of MC Hammer, and caused an entire generation to misspell a word. And while I love a good anniversary as much as the next gal (especially if it involves Elvis and/or that time Michael Jackson’s hair caught on fire), this one feels just a little… much. Honestly, I’m still recovering from the 10th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, and I just don’t feel like any more aspects of my troubled teenage existence need to be picked over for scraps by the rabid pop-culture hordes, at least not in five-year increments.
MTV, naturally, does not agree with me — which would explain today’s web feature, Could There Be Another Nirvana?
Author James Montgomery — who, it must be said, is just doing his job — first takes the time to explain to your 12-year-old little brother the significance of “The Year 1991,” and then attempts to encapsulate Nirvana’s musical significance before passing the mic to a motley crew of whoever Additional Reporter Chris Harris could grab on the red carpet at the VMAs or whatever. I’ll let you read their answers for yourself, because I couldn’t get past the first one: Panic! at the Disco’s Ryan Ross, who responds, “I don’t think it’s impossible that we’ll see another Nirvana in our lifetime. [Panic] were doing something different, and we’ve sort of sparked something in people.”
I’m going to take a minute to compose myself now, but before I go, I’d like a stab at the question. Could there be another Nirvana? I’m pretty sure the correct answer is, “No, not so long as MTV keeps giving hipster snackpuffs like Panic! at the Disco airtime.”
Someone wanna try to change my mind?
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