The show was so packed, and I was on the floor, that before the lights went down for the Nirvana set, the crowd was pushing left and right, and I felt my feet leave the floor more than once. I decided I had enough and wanted out, but there was no way in hell I was going to be able to work my way through the crowd to leave the floor. So I did what any respectable and experienced rock show attendee would do: I crowd surfed out of it! I just pushed my way on top of the crowd while shouting "OUT!" at the top of my lungs (it was very loud in there). I was pushed back to the area just off the floor. The place was so packed that the security didn't move anyone away from the area I ended up at, and I enjoyed a perfect view without anyone stepping on my toes.
I also really have to blame Nirvana for the death of alternative music. I don't think they realized what they were doing when the release of Smells Like Corporate Dollars Rolling In came out in September of 1991. I love what Buzz of the Melvins said when asked in the Oregon Music News "what's the weirdest thing you've ever done?"
"Weirdest? I guess the weirdest thing would be the whole Nirvana explosion out of something that we started, you know? That was pretty weird. The fact that our influence, musically, was basically on a massive, global level. That’s pretty weird. At the same time, it’s very exciting that I wasn’t wrong. My initial instincts were correct. You take a homogenized, bastardized version of what we’re doing, it can indeed sell millions of records. And that’s exactly what happened."
Anyway, I digress. This is a fun show. I slow down a few tunes near the start to give you a feel of the way they could sound. Let me know what you think. There's some new stuff thrown in, and some old stuff too. And of course, there's The Melvins. A whole set of them to be exact.
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Bloody Hammer: Roky Erickson
Dr. Doom: 13th Floor Elevators
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Worship the Devil: Glitter Wizard
Timebomb: Radio Moscow
Empty Mind: Spacin'
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Revolve: The Melvins
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Black Betty: The Melvins
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