It’s hard to believe it, but Nirvana’s Nevermind turned 25 years old last week.
I’d be lying if I said I still listen to this album very much — if at all — these days. Which, considering the massive influence Nevermind had on me from 1992 – 1994, is somewhat surprising. Don’t get me wrong, I still think the songs are solid (to this day I enjoy the MTV Unplugged versions). But the aggression and angst of this record just don’t resonate with me at 35 like they once did. And hey, that’s probably a good thing!
It got me thinking about other artists and albums that, for one reason or another, just didn’t wear well with age. One album that immediately came to mind was Blink 182’s Enema of the State. I’ve always loved pop-punk and I really liked this album when it came out while in high school. But I must say, listening to it now, it’s … well … really sophomoric. And unlike Nevermind, I doubt an “Unplugged” version would be any more appealing.
So this is my official breakup with Enema of the State. Tom, Mark, and Travis: don’t take it too hard, guys. It’s not you, it’s me. – TK
If you want to hear one of the best interviews about Nirvana of all time, check out this episode of All Songs Considered from a few years back.
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Need some inspiration? Here’s what John has to say:
Breaking Up with a Classic
“I went to school to study Jazz at Loyola University New Orleans, and that experience opened my ears and heart to so many genres and styles. There is one Miles Davis record, however, that I always struggled to wrap my head around, and that is Miles Smiles. Considered to be a masterpiece by his second quintet, I really had to push myself to connect with this record. To make matters worse, so many of my professors and fellow jazz students thought I was CRAZY for not loving it. Maybe I’ll appreciate it more one day, but for now, it is goodbye to Miles Smiles.” More Info >>