Nirvana changed all that. Well, honestly it wasn't Nirvana that changed it, but the marketing push behind them. Kurt Cobain was an extremely personal, unconventional songwriter who happened to create a big shiny pop record once. But while the music was very accessible, the band's look and attitude was something "new". It had already existed, but now the record industry realized they could sell it.
|What happens when people|
stop being polite, and start
Oh, and all Metal was now banned. The word Metal was synonymous with teased hair, partying, Warrant and Ratt. When I finally met a kid in high school who listened to actual Metal, I was completely re-educated by his CD collection.
Anyway, Since the Internet hadn't taken hold yet, this was allowed to happen. This was before everyone got to customize their YouTubes and Tumblrs and Google+'s. Back then our entire pop culture diet was dictated to us by shadowy men in suits. We all watched MTV! We knew it sucked, but what else was there? The only way we discovered new music was from the radio. And by the way, those 5 Pearl Jam songs that you still hear constantly on Rock radio? They were overplayed back then. The only difference was that there was nowhere to change the channel to. And as a Spin Doctors fan, even I started to hate "Two Princes".
|I <3 Shirley Manson|
Now we find ourselves in a strange era, pop culture wise. The Grammy awards and even their hipper cousin the MTV VMA's no longer have much relevance. The Industry doesn't really dictate what people are into. Instead, pop culture is dictated by YouTube and 4chan. Essentially people like what they want, and have the freedom to want anything because it's all there for the taking. I like to think that the return of the nineties will be improbable. But the lesson of my teenage decade is an important one: Sincerity can be marketed, and the herd mentality is a funny thing indeed.