Kids these days don’t know what it was like growing up in the days of Grunge

I was 3 when Nevermind came out and it was a great time to be a music fan.


I was always a fan of Nevermind their debut album.

On a non-jokey thing I did enjoy discovering new music in the pre-internet days than currently.

Signed by BMS1, an old man.


I was 18 when it came out and was doing A-levels.


I was 1. Changed my life it did


I started getting into “alternative” music when I was 13/14 when me mam used to watch MTV2 and we didn’t have the internet back then. There’s a certain nostalgia thinking back to when I used to record 120 minutes on video and then watch certain songs back, but it was obviously a massive ballache


Me too. Me and all my mates recreating the cover photo and posting it on Instagram. Happy days

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Smells Like A Two Month Old Having Shat In His Nappy

120 Minutes was great. Got into bands like Yo La Tengo via that.

Really enjoyed The Beat an indie overnight TV show with Gary Crowley and slightly Noisey Mothers a heavy metal show where I heard The Jesus Lizard for the first time. Both on ITV

Even ITV was better back then. Just TV casinos and home shopping overnight on there I think.


120 Minutes was always my go-to if I was staying up late for whatever reason. Just guaranteed to find at least one thing really interesting that would totally switch up my music tastes.

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Used to submit playlists to mtv2 all the time. Not sure how they didn’t issue me a Cease and Desist letter

And they never will…

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I imagine people were generally a lot more patient back then.

Does anyone remember the late night music show Transmission on ITV? It was produced in Newcastle via the regional Tyne Tees broadcaster, God those were the days! Used to record it weekly on the trusty VHS and rush home from college to watch it. Must have been the first sighting of Dennis Pennis amongst the roving presenters. It trawled the bowels of early nineties indie that an impressionable 16 year old couldn’t lap up fast enough. I sometimes wonder now did I dream this was actually a thing so good was it.

I was 19 when it came out, in my first year at university. This is what I wrote back in the HGATR thread about those times, if no one minds paying attention to some repeated rambling

Being as to how I am a great deal older than most of you, I was around for pretty much Nirvana’s entire lifespan. My sixth form mates and I were Sub Pop kids pretty much from when the NME started writing about the label, so we all had Bleach early on (I have the original Tupelo green vinyl pressing, which would be worth a bit if my brother hadn’t scratched it as soon as I went to uni). First time I saw them was at Nottingham Polytechnic in October 1990, which was chaotic messy fun. Then the Reading 91 appearance, famously below Chapterhouse. I was in the front three or four rows of people going mental while the rest stood and watched. And then Nevermind and Teen Spirit happened.
It was a strange experience to watch something I knew and loved explode so quickly. I’m not being Mr Indie Wanker, it was also great. Loads of great memories from the time, like watching them on Jonathan Ross in my mate’s bedroom when they played Territorial Pissing instead of whatever had been announced, laughing as the campus glam rock band started covering Teen Spirit instead of the Black Crowes, watching the yellow corporate whore T-shirts appear all over the city (I will admit to being bit of an indie wanker by loudly preferring my original white circles of hell crack smoking motherfucker version). Nirvana were everywhere that autumn and winter, and I was loving it. It was kind of like a slow motion version of the euphoric rush you get from Nirvana’s best records. I saw them again at Rock City in December (luckily I’d bought the ticket months in advance) and that was the last time I ever saw them. By the time In Utero came out I’d discovered the delights of loud electronic music in fields, and so I was interested and enjoyed it, but the passion wasn’t the same. It wasn’t them, it was me. Still undeniably a great band, and I’m so grateful that I was there at the time.
There’s a good clip from Japanese TV about that Rock City gig.