Posts from 19th May 2001

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May 01

A TOUCH OF CLASS – “Around the World”/LA MONTE YOUNG AND THE THEATRE OF ETERNAL MUSIC BRASS BAND –

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A TOUCH OF CLASS – “Around the World”/LA MONTE YOUNG AND THE THEATRE OF ETERNAL MUSIC BRASS BAND – The Second Dream of the High-Tension Line Stepdown Transformer From the Four Dreams of China

The second on my walkman’s tape player followed the first on my walkman’s radio. Pop ghosts still hovered above the soft-focus drones fading in and out of shimmer. Meanwhile engines churned and wheels ground in the heat.

Mirages.

NIRVANA – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”/PEARL JAM – “Even Flow”

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NIRVANA – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”/PEARL JAM – “Even Flow”

Two tracks that together helped define the “Seattle sound.” What seems most striking now is that if they’d been released five years sooner, by Husker Du and Whitesnake say, they would have been on very different radio stations, on different MTV shows, discussed in very different magazines, with fans on opposite sides of the classroom. Kurt Cobain’s tongue-in-cheek interview comment “Potheads and bookworms unite!” was perhaps the real rallying cry of the grunge revolution.