Originally Posted by wheels
Yeah. I was a regular reader of Maximum Rock N' Roll in those days (still am, but not as much).
I actually saw Green Day at Stache's when I was 17 (I didn't have a fake ID, but it wasn't 100% correct). Sat next to B.J. at the bar, but I didn't really like him. They played an o.k. set. Never was blown away by 'em, but they were better than The Offspring, I guess. Now, they're wearing suedo paramilitary costumes and singing love songs and stuff. Blech.
The mid to early nineties were both a really cool time (the 7" singles revolution, Crypt Records, Sympathy for the Record Industry, etc.), and a really annoying time (The movie "Singles", Courtney Love, The Birth of Mall Punk, etc.).
I never really hated Nirvana, though. They seemed like okay fellas.
My ex roomate is in the process of writing a book about the 1990's rock n' roll scene. I'll keep you updated as to when it comes out. You will find it very interesting.
I was at the Woodstock show and the Boston Esplanade show that turned into a near riot.
I always got the sense, even during those two shows, that Billy Joe was making the plea that "Hey now folks, we're not that
band." And they've pretty spent their time since then proving it.
Weirdest thing about the '90s scene, to me, is the lengths to which it tried to erase history. No one got hit harder than the Ramones. The world swung in their direction, but refused to acknowledge them. Some older acts (Social Distortion and the Descendents) finally tasted success or got a mini comeback, but I always thought it was odd that a lot of punk, hardcore and college radio forefathers didn't get much of a ride, if any, on that gravy train.