Saturday, March 21, 2009


After Kurt Cobain's death in 1994 I thought Nirvana would simply evaporate and never leave a trace. I was not a little surprised to see its drummer, Dave Grohl, take off a little while later on a very successful career with his own band, Foo Fighters. Reading about Grohls lifepath is a fascinating journey into the world of hardcore punk and grunge, although also involved are sidesteps with exotic bands such as Killing Joke, Tom Petty and the Heartbrakers and The Prodigy. Along the way, he performed with Pearl Jam and Nine Inch Nails, and even covered a dark Gary Numan number, Down in the Park (still love the original far better, though). For this "Saturday Night" I wanted to post the single Everlong, from their second album The Coulour and the Shape. However, since I only found acoustic/live versions, and I hate both acoustic and live versions, I settled for "I'll stick around", from their nameless 1995 debut album:

The Folk Implosion was a US indie rock band founded by Lou Barlow and John Davis in the early nineties in Boston, MA. For a couple of years they led a rather obscure existence, until the (disastrous) movie Kids came out, and a Folk Implosion song was lifted from its soundtrack. The year was 95, and the song, "Natural One", peaked at 26 on the Billboard Hot 100. Basically, it simultaneously proved to be their swan song, rendering TFI yet another one hit wonder. Still, to me it's one of those sounds inextricably linked to the 90s, that dull era when life seemed to hold no challenges any more, a bestselling author claimed history had come to an end, and the single most defining act of the decade was a blowjob in the White House. Despite what we find ourselves in these days, I can't say I'm longing back for the time.


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