Welcome to my '92 Time Capsule, where I unearth artifacts and memories from a quarter century ago in alphabetical order everyday (excluding Sundays, with the exception of the 30th) during the month of April.
Today's letter is G, so here we go...
Grunge music is a subgenre of alternative rock that emerged in the Pacific Northwest and more specifically the Seattle area in the late 1980s. Grunge remained fairly regional for several years, but after the commercial success of Nirvana's Nevermind and Pearl Jam's Ten, the music gained popularity.
"Smells Like Teen Spirit," the first single from Nirvana's Nevermind, was released in September 1991 and did not initially chart. Thanks in part to college radio and modern rock stations who picked up the song, it started to receive heavy rotation. By the end of 1991, the song's video had received heavy rotation on MTV during prime time and the song began to cross over to Top 40 radio.
On January 11, 1992, Nevermind reached the number 1 album position on the Billboard 200, dethroning Michael Jackson's Dangerous in the process. This event is often considered the point of where grunge fully entered the mainstream.
Grunge music typically was characterized by heavy use of electric guitar and angst-filled lyrics. Bands typically had a guitarist, bassist, drummer, and a singer. In addition to Nirvana, other grunge bands that experienced mainstream success include: Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, and Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains, to name a few.
The grunge movement is said to have died in 1994 after the suicide of Nirvana's singer, Kurt Cobain.
In May of that year, The Golden Girls, a sitcom about four older women sharing a house in Miami, concluded after a seven year run. The Golden Girls premiered in 1985 and consisted of 180 episodes during its seven seasons. The show starred Beatrice Authur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty.
Between 1985 and 1992, The Golden Girls received 68 Emmy nominations and won 11. All four of the lead actresses won Emmys for their performances on the show. The Golden Girls is supposedly only one of four shows (The Simpsons, Will & Grace, and All in the Family) in which all the main characters won Emmys.
Interestingly, The Golden Girls received the Emmy nomination of Outstanding Comedy Series every year during its run, except in 1992.
In June of 1992, something significant happened to me - I graduated high school. Being a member of the Class of '92 is the sole reason for my Blogging A to Z theme. Hard to believe that was me a quarter century ago...
On a personal note, I distinctly remember the first time I ever saw the video to Smells Like Teen Spirit. It was a few days after New Year's and it came on MTV, which was about the only channel I watched back then. Anyway, SLTS was so different from any song that I had heard before and it was in stark contrast to the Hair Band songs that had dominated the airways and MTV for the previous 4-5 years. I knew in that moment that things were about to change.
Were you a fan of grunge music? (I wasn't, as you've probably already deduced.) Anyway, if you were, which band was your favorite?