The Downward Spiral

Filed Under (music) by on 08-09-2003

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So after listening to the lyrics of the new Limp Bizkit song, I know that music has hit rock bottom. Fred Durst spends his whole 3 minutes or so complaining about a girl and rants on that he wants to sniff her panties. He literally says he wants to sniff panties… It makes me wish I could time travel back in time to the early nineties. If you look at how raw and real the music was then it makes you apreciate it so much more. Bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Sonic Youth, Veruca Salt, Mazzy Star, Juliana Hatfield, 7 Year Bitch, The Nixons and so many more. All of them wrote songs that you could feel. You knew exactly where they were coming from and you could relate. Even though they were 20 somethings singing about their life you could in words that didn’t always make sense, you could spend hours in your room listening to them and thinking to yourself, “Wow, they’re just like me.” Granted I may feel this way because I spent the first three years of high school angst stricken and lonely. But that’s the life of the high school outcast.

Over the past five years or so I have only heard a handfull of songs that actually touched me or even made me just stop and say, “Wow, that’s such a good song.” Not even the overproduced and re-mixed Nirvana release of You Know You’re Right caught my ear the way songs off Bleach, Nevermind, and In-Utero did. I think the nineties were a complete musical renaissance. A time for the true artists of the music community to shine their brightest. A chance for the underdog to move ahead. The music scene wasn’t plagued by pop princesses and boy bands. It was filled with sound of a generations cry for help, a generations art at it’s finest. In my opinion it will be a long time before we can hear music that raw, music that hasn’t been over produced and reproduced one thousand times just to catch the ear of that 16 year old kid listening to KROQ. Music as of late is all about the style and the scene. It’s not about the music…

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