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30 Years Ago Today: Terrible music was released

Nirvana Bleach is one of the worst so called rock records in the history of the universeNirvana’s debut album, Bleach, was released on the Sub Pop label on June 15, 1989.

I have never liked Nirvana. The simplistic songs and nonsensical lyrics make a mockery of actual talent. The band was awful from the start, and Bleach serves as Exhibit A.

Nirvana was not the greatest “grunge” band. Nirvana was not a good band period.

I will not apologize for this opinion. I question the sanity of those who gave the release positive reviews, both at the time and in the years since.

“About A Girl” is perhaps the most tolerable song on the album. If you want to torture your eardrums, click play:

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Christmas gift ideas for your headbanger

Everyone loves music…but what do you get for the person who owns CDs, cassette tapes, vinyl records, and MP3s of all their favorite songs already? You could take a chance on new bands such as Greta Van Fleet or Red Dragon Cartel, but you run the risk of getting something that doesn’t quite tickle their ears. Music appreciation is, after all, highly subjective.

Fortunately, there are other ways to enjoy music besides listening to it. Weird, right? But thanks to companies like Funko and McFarlane, you can get collectible figurines of rock stars and band mascots. Here are a few helpful links.
Alice Cooper POP Funko
Funko POP

Ozzy Osbourne McFarlane
McFarlane Figures

Bif Bang Pow! KISS Unmasked

Iron Maiden Super 7 Figures
Various Other Figures and Statues

Playing Cards

27: A History of the 27 Club through the Lives of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse by Howard Sounes (2015)

27 Club

27: A History of the 27 Club through the Lives of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix,
Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse

by Howard Sounes
Da Capo Press, 2015
360 pages

Drugs, drunkenness, and depression all too often lead to one conclusion: death, especially if you are a famous musician aged 27. From blues legend Robert Johnson to Grateful Dead keyboardist Pigpen McKernan, the list of “27 Club” members is long and varied, but drugs and mental illness played a part in a large number of deaths. There are, of course, some who are more famous than others, and they are the main focus of Howard Sounes’ book, 27: A History of the 27 Club. Sounes examines the life, ascent to fame, descent into madness, and ultimate death of the Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, the Doors’ Jim Morrison, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse.

The in-depth look at these six individuals, their disposition to addictive behaviors, their frantic mood swings and deep depressions, creates a sort of sympathy for them in the reader’s mind. They had the faculty to alter their course, but for whatever reason could not bring themselves to change in time. I have read quite a bit about Hendrix and Morrison in the past, but this was my first real exposure to the rise and fall of the other four musicians and the similarities they shared with each other. I can still remember hearing of Cobain’s demise on the radio in 1994; though I was not a fan of the grunge scene, the significance of the singer’s age was not lost on me.

Sounes does a great job profiling each of the rockers, without offering a solution for future superstars to avoid death, other than perhaps to steer clear of intoxicants and surround yourself with positive people that can help combat bouts of depression. 27: A History of the 27 Club is a worthy addition to the library of classic rock bookworms.

Learn more about Da Capo Press.

Purchase 27: A History of the 27 Club by Howard Sounes.

“Kurt and the Gang” sticker book coming soon…

A new book featuring the artwork of grunge legend Kurt Cobain and others associated with him. The description from the book’s website follows:

‘Kurt and the Gang’ is a sticker collection chronicling the life, influence and friends of Kurt Cobain. The book is packed with 72 stickers and printed illustrations designed by 13 artists from around the world. Together, in some way, we hope to have captured a very unique and awesome generation of which Kurt was a giant part.
Kurt Cobain sticker book
Kurt Donald Cobain was born on February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington State. He was tragically found dead, in his Washington home with a shotgun to his head, in April of 1994.

Kurt Cobain has been remembered as one of the most iconic figures of the Twentieth Century, within music and beyond. Eric Olsen wrote, ‘Viewed by many as the ‘last real rock star’, a messiah and martyr whose every utterance has been plundered and parsed”. He is the figurehead of Generation X, a poster boy for the MTV era.

‘Kurt and the Gang’ features illustrations of Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, Dylan Carlson, El Duce, The Pixies, Lead Belly, Daniel Johnston, Dave Grohl and many others based around the Cobain scene.

and Illustrations from Patrick Schmidt, Murray Somerville, Chris Golden, Sean Morris, Brooke Olsen, Christoper Worker, Rob Goodall, Chaos vs Cosmos, Michael Hsiung, Paul Windle, Laura Handyside and Sophy Hollington

You can place your order for the book, scheduled for an October 29 release, at the Belly Kids store here. The first fifty pre-orders will include a free print.

Learn more about Belly Kids.

Day 12 of the 30 Day Song Challenge

day 12 – a song from a band you hate

Nirvana “All Apologies”

I’ve already posted a Nirvana song, but I actually like this song. Or at least I won’t change the radio station when it comes on.

(click here for the 30 Day Song Challenge)

Day 2 of the 30 Day Song Challenge

day 02 – your most hated song

Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

I changed this category from “least favorite” to “most hated” because “least favorite” is misleading if you actually think about it. “Least favorite” would indicate that you like it, because it is a favorite, but of all your favorites, it is the one you like the least. No, that’s not the way people use the phrase “least favorite,” I know. But I try to avoid misleading phrasology as often as possible.

And now this is your “most hated” post on this blog.

(click here for the 30 Day Song Challenge)

I hate Nirvana

And aside from the Thriller album, I’m not a huge fan of Michael Jackson.

But combine the two, and magic happens.

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