Evolution of a Music Snob (or..How I came to love Nirvana..and then everything else)

I would like to start off by thanking everyone for their warm birthday wishes! You guys really made me feel special and happy on this, my 20th birthday. Kisses and hugs for all of you!
I also would like to apologize to everyone for my lack of substance (or presence) in my articles for the past few weeks but its tough, nose to the grindstone time over here at Clark University, but I had some time tonight before going back out to drink to hook you guys up with some Nina brand article love.
Here goes…
Since age 11 my favorite band, hands down, has been Nirvana.
Before I had discovered them my musical taste consisted of…well…lame things. Granted I liked the greats of my parent’s generation like Simon and Garfunkle, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and Carol King, but I had no musical taste that was entirely mine. The first c.d. I ever bought for myself was a Boyz 2 Men Album (I know, shut up..). However, in 4th grade this was all about to change.
I remember the first time I heard them was when there was some funky smells coming from my brother’s room. I go up to investigate and he’s sitting there listening to something that sounded really cool. I grew up worshipping my older brother and wanted to do everything I could to bond with him, so I sat and listened with him. I asked him who this was, and he told me it was “Nevermind” by Nirvana. I remember thinking “wow…this is really cool!”. He made me a copy, and for my birthday that year, bought me a copy of “In Utero.”
Granted, I had no idea what a lot of the lyrics meant but the way his voice moved, and the way the guitars just screamed…I was in LOVE. Pretty soon the Bop posters of Rider Strong and Jonathan Taylor Thomas got replaced by pictures of Nirvana. In April of 94, when Kurt died, I didn’t know how to handle it. I had no idea what to do with myself. This was the first band that I ever had felt passionately about, and I wasn’t sure how to deal. For the next couple months I listened to nothing but the “Live from New York” album, and cried to myself when my angel sang “Pennyroyal Tea” all by himself.
I have had many musical taste changes from then till now. In 7th grade I got heavily into NoFX, The Ramones, Pennywise, Sunny Day Real Estate, MDC, The Screeching Weasels, Skanking Pickle, and others. That was the case until midway through freshman year when I went through a very ugly metal phase where I listening to Manson, Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, and Coal Chamber. However, sophomore year I went right back to my old self, elaborating more by getting into what later became known as “emo” bands.
That’s pretty much how I became to be the person who I am today, however, I still have my Nirvana posters up in my dorm room, I still listen to them all the time, and I still cry when I hear “Pennyroyal Tea.”
Until next time…
Turn off your fuckin’ radio.

5 replies on “Evolution of a Music Snob (or..How I came to love Nirvana..and then everything else)”

Great article Nina. I poke fun at Nirvana occasionally, mostly to screw with Hanibal. I know it gets him riled up. Overall, I like every song I’ve ever heard about them, and there’s no doubt that they were a great influence on most of the bands out there today.

As far as your first CD being Boyz II Men, don’t feel bad. I still own their albums, and my first CD was Another Bad Creation, “Coolin at the Playground…Ya Know”

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