One of my Seattle photos on Flickr has started a recent dialogue, which led me to do a quick search for the time I saw Nirvana in 1990. I was surprised to find several videos from that night on YouTube.
Nirvana was amazing. I went to the show to see Pitchfork
or was it early Drive Like Jehu. I remember John Goff playing bagpipes.
I was familiar with Nirvana’s Bleach album. I knew indie and punk rock as I have been a straight edge punk since I was 15 in one form or another. I don’t listen to hard core as much anymore, but my ipod is filled with one form of noise or another.
So Nirvana wasn’t a band that came out of nowhere for me. But they killed it that night. I was blown away by this show, it’s one of the best I’ve ever been to. People will look back and wonder why Nirvana was so pivotal. It’s the context, everything else was either hair metal or Michael Jackson in the pop world and the indie music world was still full of R.E.M. sound-alikes. Punk was in the middle of breaking apart into retro-punk and post-punk.
Nirvana grabbed the best of everything in Seattle and drove right through the middle.
Enjoy this video of Nirvana before they were a household name.
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