Final Seattle Rock Music Class (wah)

Posted: December 3, 2012 in The Strangest Tribe: the College Course

Tomorrow will be our last class, and we will focus on the post-Nevermind world of popular music. Once Nirvana blew everything up in 1991 and 1992, the major labels discovered alternative rock could actually sell. So, they made the music into a commodity: play loud, turn up the distortion on your guitars, and have your good looking lead singer (preferably blonde) scream on key. Voila! You now have your next big ’90s alt rock band.

With that, I am having my students listen to ’90s bands that actually remained underground, or at least upheld the spirit of what alt rock represented pre-Nirvana: “I Am a Tree,” Guided By Voices; “Rebel Girl,” Bikini Kill; “Reasons,” Built to Spill; “Conduit for Sale!” Pavement.

Our planned schedule…

1:40 to 2:05…Presentations: Mikaela talks about the ’80s/’90s Manchester, UK scene; Jordan presents on Florida boy bands of the ’90s.

2:05 to 2:20…Samantha S and Sarvie lead the discussion on chapter 8 from my book (“After the Gold Rush”) and the musical selections.

2:20 to 2:40…Class summation. I will lead the discussion on what my goals were for this course and how I think we faired. Then I will ask the students to tell me what they did and didn’t get out of the course…what they liked, what they would have done differently, what bands really did it for them, which bands they hated, etc. This section will be their opportunity to open up on whatever course-related topic they’d like to chat about.

2:40 to 2:55…Students will evaluate me.

Below…Guided By Voices.

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