“That song changed pop culture. Just like…’boop’…out with the hair bands, in with Nirvana.”
“As a musician in Seattle, you listened to it and you’re just like, ‘What am I gonna do now?’”
—Chris Ballew of The Presidents of the
United States of America
“The title itself: it’s not about punk. It is punk.”
—Wayne Kramer of MC5
“Kurt Cobain and the Seattle scene tapped into a vast chunk of American white youth who were depressed [and] bummed out,…and here [comes] a guy who looks like them, comes from them, sings for them, about them, and to them, and all of a sudden you’ve got a Nirvana shirt on.
“You know what happened [in England] is that punk said, ‘We’re fed up with Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin. Let’s have some music from the street.’ And what’s happened in America in 1991 and ’90 is that you finally got your own punk.”