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Re: a different focus
10/17/2003 2:57 PM
Inactive Member wrote:
Firstly, I owned several Nirvana albums in the past, when they were new in the early '90s. I DID give them a chance. I listened to the band thoroughly before deciding my opinion. Some stuff was okay, but overall their music made me wonder why they even wanted to be musicians. Cobain should have just been a poet or something, he could have more easily vented his angst that way without having to pretend he was a guitar player. Secondly, I don't say I dislike them so therefore they suck. I am saying I dislike them BECAUSE they suck. Cobain was a terrible guitarist, and he was terrible because of his attitude. He apparently didn't see the point in practicing or trying to improve himself. I refuse to "respect" someone who obviously doesn't even respect himself. I don't agree that he put his heart into his music. If he did, he never would have let some of the things that he put on those records pass as acceptable. Cobain had a lot of issues in his life, and as a person I feel badly for him, but musicially I think he missed the boat. I think his music was about having a lousy attitude and not caring about what people think, which then became the the prevailing thing in rock music and continues to this day. That makes me sick. Hey, who cares if someone can't play...any putz can get a record deal nowadays. My friends and I used to joke that "alternative" music was an alternative for guys who didn't feel like learning their instruments.
Whatever a person does in life, especially something they want to be their career, they should try their best at. If that is being a guitarist then you should be the best you can. That doesn't mean you have to be a virtuoso. There is nothing wrong with more simplistic music, but do it well for heavens sake. I like Green Day, they are not complexed, but they sound solid and professional, which Nirvana never did to me. I even like Foo Fighters, so there must have been talent on that band somewhere. I DO like more simplistic bands, but I refuse to accept sub-par musicianship. Even if you play more simplistically, PLAY WELL. Cobains solos made me cringe, and many of his riffs were pathetic. THIS is why I think he is so terrible, and to me it ruined his music. He didn't have to be Steve Vai to impress me, he just had to play what he was trying to play better. Try harder and be a professional for God's sake. Can you honestly listen to the solo from "Smells like Teen Spirit" and tell me that is worth putting on a CD? Was that really the best take they had of that solo? Cripes, a chimp could play a better solo accidentally.
Just because someone doesn't share your point of view doesn't make them closed minded. I think about things deeply before I form my opinions, and my thoughts on this are no different. If you don't agree with me, that is your perogative. Maybe it is you who should stop to think that there is another possible point of view besides your own. Maybe it is you who are closed minded. I am not going to let people sway my musical values by questioning my integrity or offering guilt trips about having no respect for lesser skilled guitarists. If you were trying to change my mind, you are going about it the wrong way.