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 Posted: Fri Nov 1st, 2019 04:17 am
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Erick Von Erich


Joined: Thu Mar 26th, 2015
Location: Texas USA
Posts: 690
Nirvana sucks. About the only song of theirs I can stand is "In Bloom".

According to Vh1 and journalists who were listening to Phil Collins in 1991, "hair metal" supposedly died overnight when Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" arrived in the fall of 1991. Douchebags like Sebastian Bach of Skid Row claimed that they were suddenly unable to get bookings or airplay and had to go into hibernation in September 1991 (yet let's not forget that Skid Row released an album that fall...and it did pretty well). The Nirvana/grunge trend was definitely ONE of the reasons hair metal bands went away, but it wasn't the only one.

What actually killed "hair metal" was a combination of many things. Most prominently a tune called "Enter: Sandman" that hit the airwaves in August 1991. That's what ended the abundance of hair bands like Firehouse, Pretty Boy Floyd, Shotgun Messiah, Danger Danger, etc. Suddenly the "scary" thrash/speed metal that you only heard on late-night radio shows was now front and center.

Combine that with the "college rock" or what became known as "alternative". Bands like Living Colour, Bad Brains, Jane's Addiction, Fishbone, Red Hot Chili Peppers and others all grabbed some fans from the metal camp, well before September 1991. When grunge came along, it kinda' piggybacked on that movement.

I'll always say that Soundgarden was a metal (maybe "alternative metal") band from Seattle that got a big break in that fall 1991 era.