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“The fact that Cobain was a self-absorbed and drug-addled putz who had very poor


taste in women is neither here nor there,” said Meatmen frontman Tesco Vee. “The fact that hair-metal rock pigs blame Nirvana for killing their musical careers — well, I got news for them, their pathetic, coke-fueled, c**k-rockin’ charade was already flopping around like a mackerel on the hot pavement, and if Nirvana did put that s**t out of business — well, at least they did one thing I liked.” Those who were already “in the know” with underground sounds in 1992 didn’t


need Nirvana to serve as an intro to punk. The record likely doesn’t mean anything to those who were already submerged in the scene but, in retrospect, Nevermind wasn’t for them. It was for the millions of teens who didn’t realize edgier music existed until it hit them in the face. “I bought the album that day and listened to nothing else for weeks,” said Verve Pipe


frontman Brian Vander Ark. “I wrote a couple of tunes as well, directly inspired by them. We owe our career to that album, that’s for sure. On our major label debut (Villains), our sound was much more polished, our melodies and lyrics much sunnier, yet it was all influenced by Nevermind.” That’s why Nevermind mattered and still matters to so many music fans. n


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