Talking about music has always been sort of tough for me. You never really know what another person’s reaction is going to be when you tell them that you actually like Styx’s “Kilroy was Here” (as an aside, I do like that album). When it comes to listing favorites, in a specific order, that’s usually a problem for me.
My tastes in music don’t really run very deep. Give me lots of distortion, a simple melody, and I’m usually good to go. Just so you all know, the first album I bought was Green Day’s “Dookie”, and that was in 1995. I remember getting all sorts of shit for that decision, sitting in class having people tell me how crappy Green Day was, and that they only had the one song (“When I come Around”, for those keeping score). No one really noticed “Longview”, “Basket Case”, or anything else on that record, except for me, not that I really understood any of it (I was 12) I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised, considering a good chunk of the school and towns population listened to the “Grateful Dead”. That being said, it pretty much ended any discussion I would ever have about music for the next, I don’t know, 10 years. On the other hand, Green Day sort of blew up, so, game, set, and match to me.
I remember Nirvana being really big at the time, just about everyone in my 8th grade class owned “Unplugged in New York”, which looking back on it now, is pretty fucking amazing. But again, being the age that we were, I’m pretty sure none of us knew the inner workings of what each song was about, or anything about Kurt Cobain for that matter. All we knew, is that shortly after the unplugged session, he shot himself. That’s all we knew, he was a musician that died, and therefore we needed to embrace everything related to Nirvana. We didn’t know he was a drug addict, or that he suffered from depression, or how uncomfortable he was being a cultural icon of sorts. None of us knew any of that, and yet, it didn’t matter. We also had a Jimi Hendrix phase in my school which came completely out of nowhere, let’s see, there was also Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd phases too. School was a weird place, I just turned on “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness”, which I purchased on a field trip and tried to phase it out as much as I could.
1995, was also the year that the self-titled “Foo Fighters” album was released. I had no idea it existed until my freshman year of high school. I remember thinking at the time, the song “Big Me” (and I’m quoting my 13 year old self here), “was the worst fucking song, I’ve ever heard”. I had such a hard time believing that the drummer from Nirvana, whatever his name was, was the leader of such a crappy band. I don’t think I really had the right to make that statement, I never even listened to the whole album, I didn’t even know who the “Foo Fighters” were, let alone who Dave Grohl was. This type of reaction, is the reason why I’ll listen to as much of one’s discography; band or otherwise, before I make a judgement on whether or not I’m buying into what’s being sold. On the other hand, I was 13, a little angsty, and a dope.
However, in 1997, I heard a little song called “Everlong”…..