i saw tom pig (champion) on the bus here in portland about 6 months ago, he seemed very happy to see me (which was a bit of a suprise, since there has been some bad blood between us, mostly on his part... i love everybody). he looked like he has lost alot of weight, and like he was clean, but mostly he just seemed tired (maybe too tired to hold some petty grudge against me). poison idea surfaces fairly regularly, i'm unsure of the line up, they don't play the big clubs anymore (oh how the mighty have fallen). nirvana was cool before grunge was a "movement". tad was the greatest. oh yeah, the type on this poster is pretty weak, and im not crazy about the computer fade.
i think kurt's looks got them signed to dgc, but it was their brilliant pop melodies and teenage angst lyrics that put them into special turf.
pig champion is an underrated genius. how's his health his days? clean? i heard he lost a lot of weight. he had one of the most amazing records collections on the planet, but he pieced it out for smack.
herion is a wonderful drug.
got no problem with tg or bhs (it was 'psychic...powerless...another man's sac' that made me piss my pants.)
i'd also add 'joerdan, minnesota' by big black and 'cannibal' by scratch acid as head fucks for me. oh, all of side one of 'groovey hate fuck' by pussy galore. genius.
mudhoney... the first time i heard 'touch me, i'm sick' on the car radio (college station), i literally had to pull over to the side of the road because i was so transfixed by what i heard that i couldn't drive. then they little kid dj said that it was mudhoney, i just about shit. it was one of the pivotal moments in my life - finally something interesting was happening in seattle.
but ol' mudhoney's moment was pretty much that one song, they never quite lived up to the promise of it. it was maybe the greatest one-hit wonder this side of '96 tears.' i still pull out the 45 version (still the best version bay far. it never seemed to be properly re-issued anywhere, so listen to the 45 with the toilet on the front) and i still can't believe how great it was. i don't even care if it DOES sound just like the sonics playing 'louie, louie.' it's, for what it's worth, the only thing in my mind that actually qualifies as 'grunge'. one song, over and out.
mudhoney was grunge?
i thought they were just "good".
i'm still convinced that the only people who took "grunge" seriously were fashion designers in NY and LA. at least, that's the story that lets me sleep at night.
grunge was a fake name given to anything from seattle by the marketing savvy of one bruce pavitt. grunge was never a style at all. grunge/punk/garage/emo all the same - just different versions. all teenage angst mixed with massive amounts of volume.
nirvana was amazing, kozik. not even you can ever convince otherwise. some sort of animal genius with that bunch. they blew me away back then, they blow me away still when i listen to them. amazing.
but everybody knows kurt took the bullet for mudhoney.
thank god for tad.
what the fuck is 'grunge' anyway?
all i can thinkof is like fake punkrock, longer dirty haur and flannel shirts...cheap beer, cold weather and heroin addicts.
like. not an appealing combo.
Nirvana played in Austine early at a small show. they sucked I was not impressed at all.
I guess TAD ruled..
how fucking gay of a word 'grunge'.
it got so bad that dover clip art books put out a book of stock typeface designs called "grunge typefaces". they suck, too. us old 'grunge' designers wouldn't be caught dead using them. same goes for those lousy house industry 'fonts'. yish!
at one poiny house industries contacted me and wanted me to send them my collection of seattle punk posters so they could steal the typeface treatments off of them and sell them as punk/grunge type. double yish!