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Enlightnement.....well, sorta. April 29, 2010 - 10:37:30
Genrally, I'm a very easy guy to get along with and it takes a lot, and I mean A LOT to get me angry to the point to where I hate something or someone with a firey passion.  I don't hate very many people and things.  A lot I dislike, but very few do I actually hate.  One of those things I hate so much is the grunge band Nirvana.

I was probably one of the few people when I was in middle and high school that hated that band.  For the longest time, I could never pinpoint why exactly I hated Nirvana so much.  Normally, I don't hate something unless I have a dang good reason.  I just hated 'em, plain and simple. But on Saturday, April 24th, that all changed

I was listening to the local Classic Rock station in the area, 1054th, I was finally able to pin down.7 WAPL while running some errands and a Nirvana song had just finished playing.  Needless to say, my eyes rolled when I recgonized the song.  Then the person who was the DJ at that hour, Roxanne Steele, talked a bit about Nirvana.  She mentioned that Nirvana has frequently been credited with the dubious honor of being the band that killed Hair Metal.

For those unfamiliar with Hair Metal, some example bands of this genre are Twisted Sister, Scorpions, Whitensake, David Lee Roth-era Van Halen, Judas Priest, etc.  I am a ginormous fan of Hair Metal.  Suddenly, everything made sense.  I finally found the reason I had such a strong disdain for Nirvana.  Don't get me wrong, it's not like I've lost sleep trying to find that reason all these years.  Believe me, I've had far greater things to worry about, especially in recent months.  But it's nice to know I have one less minor thing to concern myself with.
- Snazzy Azzy
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But they didn't really "kill Hair Metal" -- they merely played something different which those of us sick of the glam and excess of the eighties connected to.

The nation was in a recession at the time (albeit not as bad as the current one), and it was hard to feel excited about a guy in spandex and hairspray.  There was a disaffected, cynical generation that wanted something deeper than the shallow riffs and gloss of Hair metal.  That's why Metallica survived the eighties, and Thrash Metal became the icon rather than Hair Metal.  Alt Rock took over the mainstream too.  People wanted something to connect with that was real and not just a plastic finish.

Whether you like them or not, don't think as shallowly as a DJ who could only get a job at a Rock Station in Green Bay, recycling something they heard said on MTV fifteen years ago in the height of Cobain martyrdom.