Music for the People: March Playlist

Album cover for Nirvana's 'In Utero'

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Album cover for Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’

March to A-TECH’s OASIS music fest and Sadie’s dance while listening to some 90s grunge music. The theme of OASIS and the Sadies’ dance this year is “decades.” So the only way to prepare you before and after the events is to reach nirvana by listening to Nirvana. Iconic artists like Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, and so many more are included in the March Spotify Playlist.

The late 80s and early 90s was an era that introduced new music into the mainstream, and “grunge” soon became a fashion around 1992 when the iconic alternative band Nirvana was reaching their peak of success.

The term “grunge” was used to describe the short-but-sweet phase in the late 80s and early 90s of distorted guitars and ripped jeans. Grunge fashion was a hippie-punk mixture of uncoordinated clothing, but, still, they had style. Both men and women wore flannels over dirty t-shirts, faded jeans, and black combat-style boots. Low-budget upcycled clothing from thrift stores and the daily ever-changing weather in Seattle influenced the clothes dirty alt-teens wore during the 90s. The grunge fashion inspires teenagers now, which ultimately gives the word “alternative” a meaningless definition, as the 90s DIY fashion has become a norm in the 2010s.

The grunge scene came out of Washington state, specifically Seattle. Artists like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden emerged out of Washington, soon spreading their music around the globe. Also known as the “Seattle Sound,” the music scene spoke to a lot of depressed and angry teens at the time. Many people could relate to the lyrics from many bands — the daily emotions of heartbreak, love, angst, anger and hate. Many artists were not afraid to sing about these topics. Topics such as rape, addiction, and mental illness, were not openly discussed about often before. These songs continued to help others even in the post-grunge era, letting kids know that during rough times they were not alone.

Furthermore, during this music era, there was a feminist movement called Riot Grrrl that also came out of Washington state. This movement during the country’s grunge phase sparked the emergence of women playing in punk bands and an overall rise in women making music. Girl bands like Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, and Sleater-Kinney all formed and came out of Washington.

Kurt Cobain, an inspiring male feminist, supported Kathleen Hanna and her girl band Bikini Kill. The song “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana was, in fact, inspired by the words Hanna spray-painted on the wall of Cobain’s apartment, “Kurt smells like teen spirit.”

Songs like “Come As You Are” by Nirvana and “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden helped people to cope with disorders like depressions and anxiety (and it still does). Grunge music will help teens through life difficulties and uphill battles; grunge will always be there and be influential to more and more generations to come.