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“People say, ‘Nirvana killed heavy metal,’ and they didn’t. If you had any type of music scene that is so weak that another band can come on playing a different type of music and kill your scene, then your scene wasn’t good enough in the first place.”

Riki Rachtman, host of “Headbangers Ball” when Nirvana members Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic showed up for an interview in November 1991, in a 2011 interview. It’s notorious in that Cobain wore a bright yellow gown and was obviously under the influence, and the appearance for many symbolizes the death of “hair metal,” i.e. pop metal — of which Def Leppard is a perfect representative. Read the interview here. Watch the “Headbangers Ball” segment here.

Riki Rachtman – Nirvana

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“There’s something wrong with that boy; he frowns for no good reason.”

William S. Burroughs, speaking to his assistant after a visit from Kurt Cobain at Burroughs’ Lawrence, Kan., ranch in October 1993, taken from this article

William S. Burroughs – Kurt Cobain

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“I have no relation to the music of Courtney Love. … People always like to throw Courtney Love in my face because she adopted my attitude, but did not adopt my cultural influence whatsoever, because I never played lousy, three-chord post-punk rock that my husband wrote. It’s sad to me, if my greatest cultural influence is just the look on my face or my attitude, after all the work I’ve done and after all the ground I’ve tried to break, if that’s what then it’s reduced to — and the reason that Courtney is allowed to be popular is because she’s a threat only to herself. I consider myself a threat to the status quo and a threat to apathy.”

Lydia Lunch, in the 2012 documentary (by Emmy-winning director/animator Merrill Aldighieri) “Road Rant: A Week on the Road with Lydia Lunch.”

Lydia Lunch – Road Rant

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Squirrel Bait, “Sun God”

Purists will know that two of the members from Squirrel Bait went on to create the critical darling Slint and its towering slab of math rock porn, 1991’s “Spiderland.” But for pure kick-you-in-the-teeth rock fury with your Midwest sludge, Bait’s got your back.

The Louisville, Ky., five-piece started out in 1983 as a trio playing hardcore punk as high-schoolers going under the moniker of Squirrelbait Youth. “Sun God,” the band’s signature track, was off its 1985 self-titled EP, reportedly made for $400. But I heard it first on the music compilation that most expanded my musical horizons, Homestead Records’ “The Wailing Ultimate,” back in 1987 when the cassette was still king in cars. That’s when a years-long love affair ensued between Big Black and my ears (we still occasionally get a bit drunk and make out).

Sixteen-year-old Peter Searcy’s fierce howl — so later reminiscent of Kurt Cobain’s holler — is the perfect match for the explosive music. There are still shades of hardcore on “Sun God,” but by 1985, the band had carved enough space into its music to give it mood. “Sun God” is as much pensive, to the point of brooding at times, as it is loud and furious.

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