Music Fridays: Here We Are Now, Entertain Us Edition

By Amanda Marcotte
Friday, September 23, 2011 11:54 EDT
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Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's seminal album Nevermind. The record had a tremendous impact on teenagers across the country, including myself, because it was not only a great record but because it was a peek into another world, a hip urban underground where being a feminist could actually be cool.  So I have a piece up in The Daily Beast about just that, how Nirvana was so pro-feminist and how this subversion has effects that are more far-reaching than their actual sound turned out to be. In the years since Cobain's death, I feel like dudely rock fans have laid claim to Nirvana's legacy in a way that doesn't comport with how Nirvana actually was.  I hope this article can be a corrective.  Sadly, hostile dudes who want to cast Cobain in their own sexist image are already showing up in comments, so if you feel a need to keep up the corrective, feel free to pop into comments.

As usual with Fridays, we're doing a Panda Party! Hourly themes, good tunes, good people, good times.  I imagine Panda Party will have some way of honoring this anniversary that is simultaneously making me happy and making me feel old.  So come on over—the party is beginning to rise high in rankings with the number of people that are showing up.  If you don't know how Turntable works, here's their FAQ.

In the meantime, a couple of videos:

One thing that most people forgot within seconds of Cobain's suicide is that he was a cut-up. This comes across in their video for "In Bloom". (People still remember this about Dave Grohl, due to the fact he's still around being goofy in public.)

General thoughts and reminiscences welcome in comments!

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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