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dbeck
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re: Will there ever be another ‘Smells like teen spirit’ again?
The big studios don't give a shite about good music anymore. They own the radio stations and they can make anyone a star so long as they look the part.

There's still a ton of great music out there but it's easier to find on YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, etc. than on FM radio.


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ItNeverRains
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re: Will there ever be another ‘Smells like teen spirit’ again?
Yes. Music, like life, is cyclical. We are in the dark ages right now.


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geauxbrown
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re: Will there ever be another ‘Smells like teen spirit’ again?
Hopefully not.


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YNWA
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re: Will there ever be another ‘Smells like teen spirit’ again?
To answer OP's question. There have been, yes. Nirvana went the first, and won't be the last. Elvis did it. Then the Beatles. Not sure any one person/band in the 80's killed the Disco scene. That was more a movement. "Grunge" was different. It always changes. Music gets stuck in a rut then an act comes along and breaks the mold. It will happen again. Although you will probably be too old at that point and think the music sucks.


Chasin Tail
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re: Will there ever be another ‘Smells like teen spirit’ again?
Nope.


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xiv
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re: Will there ever be another ‘Smells like teen spirit’ again?
SLTS won’t happen again. There were several ingredients in all of it that just can’t happen in the digital age.


xiv
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re: Will there ever be another ‘Smells like teen spirit’ again?
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Music gets stuck in a rut then an act comes along and breaks the mold. It will happen again.
Tends to coincide with the end of a war.

WWI - Jazz
WWII - Rock ‘n’ roll
Vietnam - disco
Persian Gulf - grunge
Iraq - ?


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tigers1956
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re: Will there ever be another ‘Smells like teen spirit’ again?
Every generation has a song or group that has a cult following.....they were just another one....


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MidnightVibe
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re: Will there ever be another ‘Smells like teen spirit’ again?
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I’m not talking about a remake of the song, but rather what that song represented in a time of overproduced shitty music... for me, the song is pretty ‘meh’ but.....

Hair metal was all over the radio, along with some shitty pop/hip-hop. Rock was pretty much dead, and then SLTS brought grunge to the forefront and helped catapult Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, etc and helped bring actually decent music to the radio for a while.

It seems that now, more than ever, the music industry is just terrible; especially the mainstream horse shite that mumble rappers and dancing pop star whores are putting out. I’ve never witnessed such a sad state of terrible ‘Rock’ artists. Acts like Mumford & Sons and Maoon 5 are really the biggest things in rock right now? It’s just terrible.

Basically, can any band spark interest in rock again or is it too far gone in your opinion?



1. I disagree that the song is pretty meh. I remember where I was the first time I heard that song.

2. And of course there could be another breakthrough song like that. "Pumped Up Kicks" didn't usher in a genre, but it did blow up in a similar way.


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MidnightVibe
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re: Will there ever be another ‘Smells like teen spirit’ again?
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There were several ingredients in all of it that just can’t happen in the digital age.


Like what?


xiv
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re: Will there ever be another ‘Smells like teen spirit’ again?
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Like what?
The short answer is the internet.

Back then, the music we heard was the music that the fat cats gave us. The demographic that responded most positively to Nirvana had been fed bad Zeppelin performed by hair bands for 10 years. Nirvana was the result of an underperforming industry finally getting something right.

It’s different now. The consumer is so much more in control of what he hears, and it’s easy for him to find what he wants. We no longer depend on the industry to be in touch with what we like, so there won’t be a situation where we are fed shitty music for 10 years and then finally something new comes along.

I remember in 1990, there was very little music on the radio or on MTV that I liked. Anything I liked and wanted to hear, I had to buy at the store. Now I have Apple Music, and there’s nothing whatsoever preventing me from hearing exactly what I want all the time.

And that’s why SLTS won’t happen anymore. SLTS was such a smash hit because for years there had been a lot of people not hearing music that they liked, and FINALLY here was something that kicked serious ass. That doesn’t happen anymore. The environmental conditions required for a hit like that will never exist again.


MidnightVibe
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re: Will there ever be another ‘Smells like teen spirit’ again?
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The short answer is the internet.

Back then, the music we heard was the music that the fat cats gave us. The demographic that responded most positively to Nirvana had been fed bad Zeppelin performed by hair bands for 10 years. Nirvana was the result of an underperforming industry finally getting something right.

It’s different now. The consumer is so much more in control of what he hears, and it’s easy for him to find what he wants. We no longer depend on the industry to be in touch with what we like, so there won’t be a situation where we are fed shitty music for 10 years and then finally something new comes along.

I remember in 1990, there was very little music on the radio or on MTV that I liked. Anything I liked and wanted to hear, I had to buy at the store. Now I have Apple Music, and there’s nothing whatsoever preventing me from hearing exactly what I want all the time.

And that’s why SLTS won’t happen anymore. SLTS was such a smash hit because for years there had been a lot of people not hearing music that they liked, and FINALLY here was something that kicked serious ass. That doesn’t happen anymore. The environmental conditions required for a hit like that will never exist again.




These are all fair points, and I don't disagree with any of them. I would just offer up that the flipside of all that is that the internet allows for a song to go viral in a way that it never could before. And that kind of happened once with "Dick In a Box". Yes, I get that the song went viral because it was funny, not because it was a great song with a new sound, but the idea is the same. For about a month, that song was all anyone was talking about.


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brian_wilson
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re: Will there ever be another ‘Smells like teen spirit’ again?
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Will there ever be another ‘Smells like teen spirit’ again?


No. That was the last gasp of radio. Radio is basically dead outside of shitty mainstream pop and oldies; MTV is just terrible tv shows. There is no outlet for them to gain momentum.


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re: Will there ever be another ‘Smells like teen spirit’ again?
Where I stole the margarine.


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