Nirvana was the one of the greatest bands of the 90’s. We all know that. We all know that their music influenced many other bands at that time and their music opened the door for many other grunge bands. All in all Nirvana was one of the most important bands in modern rock music. But what happened with Nirvana after Kurt Cobain died? How did their music influence other bands then and now? Does it still influence new bands and the teenage music masses?
I think the answer is yes. And I am not Nirvana Memorial Garden going to go into details such as post albums and tribute bands; I think the general approach is something that will explain this issue a little bit better. I think at first when Kurt Cobain died and Nirvana was no more Dave Grohl himself spread their music with Foo Fighters and Queens of Stone Age and other bands he was part of. So Nirvana’s influence continued in the work of Dave Grohl in particular. On the other hand Krist Novoselic didn’t have much influence on the music in his later attempts, which is obvious now seeing that he is now into politics and has forgotten the music life he once led.
But the influence that Nirvana and their music had, and still has, on people while they were playing and now after 15 years is something to be respected. When Nirvana played, people followed and were drawn to the music like fireflies to the light. That’s the best description of how their music was seen by the people, by teenagers, and the guys that are now working and some of them are in high government positions. The generations mostly influenced by Nirvana were people born from the early 1970’s to 1980’s. Those guys were 14 to 20 years old when Nirvana played and now are 30+ years old. My brother is in that age group and all his friends that once listened to Nirvana are all in high positions now and have great jobs. There are those people that of course didn’t make it, but they are in smaller numbers. And all the people I know that are successful and listened to Nirvana they still listen to it and consider them as the greatest.
This shows that Nirvana music didn’t have a brainwashing effect on those who knew how to listen. I love Nirvana. I was 11 years old when Kurt Cobain died, and I started listening to Nirvana in 96. Their music also influenced me and my generation in many ways, and their music was all about opening our minds. Many of us still listen to Nirvana while having serious jobs and college diplomas. It just goes to show that Nirvana was not music for the mindless like it was presented in the media. I once heard a woman say to her friend not to let their children listen to Nirvana, because that music makes people commit suicide. People fear what they don’t understand and they are close-minded and do not allow themselves to be told anything that goes against their opinion.