One of them Sub Pop fanatics named Mark Arm (we will just blame him for now) Sorry Mark.
The reason you still and will continue hearing about the bands that came from Seattle is because it was a very popular scene in the early to mid 90’s. It received huge media attention and became mainstream (whether they wanted it that way or not) - It’s something that helped push Seattle to the spotlight as far as the music industry goes and when it came to the music, there hasn’t been much else since then to talk about when it comes to that city. Jimi Hendrix was from Seattle, that was nearly twenty years before ‘Grunge’ happened. Then before Jimi you had the Jazz scene.
From your own opinion, the music in Seattle today isn’t very appealing. I cannot name five bands (from today’s generation) that are popular and based out of Seattle besides Fleet Foxes and a couple of Hip Hop groups which obviously doesn’t fit into the ‘Grunge’ elements. I believe people look at the “cool” bands from the 90’s and dig deeper into the family tree of ‘Grunge’ music to see what else was around, which is fine to do but to me it seems a little too much. If you listen to ‘Grunge’ music, great, if you don’t, great. I personally hate the term ‘Grunge’ to describe the music. It really doesn’t matter anymore (did it ever?)
Today in 1991, Nirvana performed at Studio C (Top Of The Pops) in the United Kingdom. Artist performing on the show were required to sing live with a backing track. The band seized the opportunity to make a mockery of their performance: Cobain supplementing a wayward vocal by fellating his microphone, Novoselic and Grohl dancing around, not even pretending to play their instruments. The show’s producers were not amused, afterwards they asked Kurt if they could redo their performance, Kurt’s response: “No, I’m quite happy with that, thank you…”
Mudhoney, TAD and Nirvana at the London Astoria Theatre. 1989.
Cutecore innovators Shonen Knife.
another cool youth poster for yr
Kathleen Hanna and Kim Gordon talk about Kurt Cobain in ‘The Punk Singer.’
It’s not for me. You know, at the time it was released (1996) it was sort of cool to see what we all had just lost - that being the "Grunge" scene. I use the word Grunge lightly. You have a guy taking a bunch of music from Washington, throwing in random interviews with those bands, producers and photographers and ‘people in charge’ to talk about Seattle and Grunge music, only because it’s now all over from Kurt’s death. It was never even around, honestly. None of those guys or gals liked the term “Grunge” when used to describe their music. The film ends talking about Kurt Cobain’s death shortly which you sort of waited for and wondered if they would do throughout the film (no surprise, with it being 1996.)
One of my favorite quotes about this film is from ‘Opinion’ magazine.. "Well, I guess it’s over. First Kurt died, Soundgarden broke up, and then a documentary on the whole thing. I don’t think it’s possible to release a documentary on a scene that never existed. So folks, the fat lady has sung. The ‘grunge’ scene is dead and gone, for the most part."
From my own opinion, the only interesting parts of this film (at the time of its release) was the first performance showing of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and the quote on quote “rare” footage of all the other bands that never got the huge media attention unlike Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice In Chains. The short 30 second collage of everyone saying Seattle/Grunge forty times was neat, too.
With it being almost twenty years later, there is a reason this film won’t be in my store, it’s because we have seen much better films released over the Punk Rock scene that show more accuracy/honesty from the musicians giving their honest thoughts/opinions over what was Seattle ‘Grunge’ music. Don’t wait around for the Hype! machine to bring the sound to you, go create it. go make it. become it and go look for it yourself.
I want to say first off, I’m aware of the WWE/WCW’s history and really appreciate what Diamond Dallas Page is doing with his ‘DDP Yoga’ - it seems to help a lot of those wrestlers that really need it.
To your question, no. I have no information saying that DDP had permission to use a knock-off version of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ for his theme music. Dave hated it, but wasn’t aware at the time that DDP was a huge Nirvana fan and realized that ‘Teen Spirit’ was a huge anthem for teenagers in the 90’s.
“Jimmy Hart and I did the song together, and Jimmy is a genius. I felt that ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was the sound of the 90′s that was awesome for me. Dave Grohl was hot cause that was like a rip off of their music. He heard it and was like “WCW owes us money.” We did just enough changing the notes. So it was it, but wasn’t, Teen Spirit.” - Diamond Dallas Page.
In what way? Because of the noise/screaming? I don’t think so, Foo Fighters had songs/demos like that long before the album was released or that song was created. Dave’s time in Nirvana and with Kurt probably influenced that more than it normally would have. I wouldn’t compare the two.