"One of the things about rock 'n' roll, in our future — or now — is it makes a human connection in times when things don't always feel human. What rock 'n' roll can provide for most people — with or without a breakthrough — is a human thing that I think people get less and less of in their daily lives," Finn says. "That community can happen — especially when you're at a rock show. Some guy is wearing a Deer Tick T-shirt, and you turn to him and go, 'Dude. Nice.' And it's not weird. He's not like, 'Get away from me.' He's, 'Oh, yeah, I just saw them.' All of a sudden you're talking to a dude you don't know."

Rock music's ability to forge bonds and galvanize attention never diminishes. It just falls out of fashion from time to time, but it's usually the better for it. Obviously, the entire industry has changed since Nirvana's breakthrough. Recording has become democratized. Now it's very easy and inexpensive to release music, yet hard to make a lot of money doing it.

Perversely, this probably is a good thing. Call it survival of the hardiest. You want the person you back to really mean it and not merely offer you lip service. It's about sharing something rather than selling it. Of course, some musicians are motivated less by connecting or expressing something than by the selfishness of deep personal devotion.

"There's nothing else to be done," says Kirkwood, sounding like a character from Waiting for Godot. "Look around. Life is disgusting . . . What are you going to do when everything else is mewling and pathetic? Might as well do what you do."

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pking5
pking5

To say that the underground music scene is in a "fertile" period seems pretty silly. Nothing in many years has come out that feels as authentic and exciting as what was happening 20 years ago. Sorry kids. When you get angry enough at Facebook, American Idol, Glee, and all the other crap, then maybe something can happen.

passthesalt91
passthesalt91

No. There will never be another "Nirvana." There will never be another "revolution" like the one they started in the early 90s. They said the same thing about The Mars Volta for crying out loud. Different times, different attitudes. It will never happen.

kayyyy
kayyyy

perry farrell isn't being honest or realistic i was at lolla this year and he booked haley reinhart, an american idol alum (she actually has a great voice and writes herself) but just fact checking here. and perry booked lady gaga TWICE for lolla. she's a singer songwriter at heart, though

 

 any comeback of that style of rock would be contrived

joeLeggy
joeLeggy

@TheGrungeScene But who's going too lead it?

joeLeggy
joeLeggy

@TheGrungeScene Most definetly it's coming SOON!

sorayab
sorayab

I loved the music of that era and I would hate for it to be re-hashed. It would be IMPOSSIBLE for a band coming out now with that same style not to be tampered with and exploited; turned into a contrived trend. I don't see this as a good thing. That said, I despair of the state of music GENERALLY these days. And Kurt thought it was bad back then...

SorayaBakhbakhi
SorayaBakhbakhi

@RoystonGhana As much as I LOVE the music and style of that era, I would hate for it to be re-hashed. It would destroy what made it special.

drone
drone

Chippendale is the DRUMMER not the bass player.

gage992112
gage992112

Here goes "remember the old days" b. s....  The computer made music disposible.  People can download 1,000's of songs with little emotional investment or physical involvement.  I don't get the same rush looking at music on Amazon as I did the first time I walked into Tower Records or looking for a bootleg at Roads to Moscow or cased a Diamond's department store for the quickest  way to the customer service where the Select-a-seat was located (and bitch about the $.45 service charge) because that's how we used to get tickets and music. 

 

And guess what---rock has alwas been DIY.  Blame Buddy Holly (sorry, doesn't fit your narrative).  

 

I think grunge was one of the last gasps of Old school R 'nR.  And ironically Nirvana played the opening night of their IN Utro tour at the Arizona State Fair (I mean because the article about the Arizona State Fair was a major sidebar)  But grunge was the last musical bubble before the current digital age.

 

And Perry Ferrall...  the first time I saw him was in a closed Clothe World at 33 ave & Bethany Home to Celebrity Theater, ASU activity Center, opening LOLLAPLOOZA on a f'n hot day in July  1991 and more recently at the Sea of Concrete (Desert Sky Pavillion I think) .   And I think there was 1992 post LOLLA gig @ the Ice House downtown.  I was just glad he didn't do the Steve Perry dissappearing thing (because he seems a bit like an introvert)  and I was worried about that when Porno for Pyros came out.

 

Rock is dead they say..........

Steve
Steve

"Nor will rock. It will forever be a place kids go to find identity, sow some rebellion, and just celebrate the fine art of living. Guitars and loud, boisterous music always will have a home in kids' hearts, even when the media and money men are indifferent."  

 

Forever? Always?  Seriously?  The music is only about 60 years old, and you've decided this style is eternal?  Get real.

humanclock
humanclock

"...(Coachella, Bumbershoot, Fun Fun Fun Fest) that have popped up across the country over the past decade."Uh, the year Bumbershoot started you might have been able to spot Kurt Cobain there screaming his lungs out...because he would have been four years old and dropped his ice cream cone.

LMFQP
LMFQP

@joeLeggy @thegrungescene You should check out @AnaKills from Detroit. A lot of talent and 90's raw feel.

RoystonGhana
RoystonGhana

@SorayaBakhbakhi ...couldn't agree more. Pop eats itself every few years and spews out pale simulacra that miss the point by miles

SorayaBakhbakhi
SorayaBakhbakhi

@RoystonGhana Exactly. I mean, if Kurt Cobain thought it was bad when he was alive, it's a million times worse now.

SorayaBakhbakhi
SorayaBakhbakhi

@RoystonGhana I know, though I think KC did want success in a way, but he resented the idea of compromising himself. I love Bill Hicks!

RoystonGhana
RoystonGhana

@SorayaBakhbakhi he must spin every time nickleback think about going near a studio. Bill hicks would be apoplectic too

 
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