20 Years ‘Nevermind’

It is twenty years now since Nirvana‘s Nevermind, a never reached milestone was dropped on the market on 24th of September 1991 through David Geffen Records. It changed the opinion of almost everyone to the more extremely played direction of rock, better known as grunge. It was a huge step forward to make extreme genres socially acceptable. With more than 30 million sold copies it is one of the most successful rock-albums as well. It includes milestones such as Come As You Are, Lithium, Smells Like Teen Spirit and so on, heavily influenced by bands such as Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. with whom they toured in ’91 or the Pixies. It crowded out Michael Jackson’s Dangerous from Billboard #1 in January 1992 and brought alternative rock to a large commercial audience. Below you see the cover artwork as well as various pictures of the zenith days and music videos from the singles out of Nevermind.

Upcomings: Oregon Bike Trails

In this serial I want to propose some relatively unknown artists to you who will pretty sure explode tomorrow.

The beginning makes Santa Monica songwriter Zach Yudin or better known as Oregon Bike Trails who plays some moody 60’s garage rock. He already brought out a single A Summer Thing in January this year and released the debut 7” High School Lover on September 13 including two songs, listen to High School Lover and Cayucas below and make sure to check out his Bandcamp as well.

Remember: My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine are an influental dream pop/shoegaze-band from Dublin, Ireland. Former members were guitarist and vocalist Kevin Shield and the drummer Colm Ó Cíosóig. They played together since their childhood in the seventies in several other bands. My Bloody Valentine existed from 1983 to 1997 and now they’re active again since 2007. They took their name of a 1981 horror movie with the same name and name influences such as Sonic Youth, Velvet Underground and Cocteau Twins.

They have released two groundbreaking records, Isn’t Anything in 1988 and especially Loveless in 1991 who is often described as originator of modern shoegaze. Loveless was recorder from 1989 to 1991 in nineteen different studios and several artists name this album as an influence for their music.

It is said, that the production costs for Loveless range up to 500’000 $ and nearly bankrupted Creation Records, their label at that time. Shields said, that they worked longer on the lyrics than on the music but they are often difficult to understand because they recorder in the night and so Bilinda Butcher sounded sleepy. They signed to Warner Bros. to publish their music in the United States. Then finally in the late 1991 the record appeared on the market, wasn’t a great success in the UK though it ranged #24 in the charts. But music magazines like Rolling Stones or Pitchfork name Loveless as one of the best if not the best record of the 90s. They supported Dinosaur Jr. on their tour in the USA but the incomes for Loveless were too less to cope the debts of Creation and so they were dropped.

After the release 1991 they got signed by Island Records and went into studios again to record and later release their third record. But after they dispenced about 500’000 $ without any results they got kicked out by Island. After that distanced more and more from each other and so they broke up in 1992.

Isn’t Anything” was good enough to inspire an entire scene of My Bloody Valentine soundalikes, but “Loveless”‘ greatness proved that the band was inimitable (Heather Phares)

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