A Dissenter Among the Nevermind Accolades

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We're the Meatmen And You Suck

I saw this reminiscence from the legendary Tesco Vee, at this website:

In 1991 yours truly was about as far from the Pacific Northwest as one could be — physically, spiritually and, as it turned out, musically — in my little Washington DC abode. Needless to say I never jumped this Nirvana bandwagon, ’cause like an old salmon swimming against a torrent of Nirvana worship, I thought it blew. Now wipe that smug look of incredulity off your mug, it’s one man’s opinion here. The fact that Cobain was a self-absorbed and drug-addled putz who had very poor taste in women is neither here nor there. The fact that hair-metal rock pigs blame Nirvana for killing their musical careers — well I got news for them, their pathetic coke-fueled cock-rockin’ charade was already flopping around like a mackerel on the hot pavement, and if Nirvana did put that shit out of business — well at least they did one thing I liked!

For a guy who didn’t care about them, he sure did write a wonderful song regarding the legacy of the band:

That is all.

6 Responses to A Dissenter Among the Nevermind Accolades

  1. Everett True September 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Man, that’s one shit band you’ve chosen to quote there, Joseph. The Meatmen would’ve been forgotten the moment they formed if it hadn’t been for that great illustration on the cover of their first ‘live’ album.

    Glad to see they’re still going, still peddling that same “it’s funny because we know we’re being offensive” joke. Maybe it was funny in 1983, in the context of Minor Threat and Washington DC and straight edge. It sure as fuck isn’t, 28 years later. I don’t know if Vee’s looked around himself recently, but fucking everyone in the rock world is exactly like him. Everyone.

  2. Joseph Kyle September 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Well, true, but even a blind chicken finds a kernel now and then, and while much of what he has done musically I will place in the “leave” category of the “take it or leave it” selection, I do admire his willingness to actually state how he feels at a time when unanimous praise seems to not only be the norm, but dissent is to be seen as admission of being some sort of cultural Neanderthal.

    Then again, I admire Tesco Vee more for his wonderful Touch & Go ‘zine, than for his music.

  3. Everett True September 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I like their first ‘live’ album fine. I just don’t like what it became.

  4. golightly September 26, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I have a feeling that Kurt Cobain would have fucking LOVED this song- the attitude, the sound, everything… sounds very much influenced by L7 and is sarcastic, honest and jovial… plus it has an amazing riff in it. Think he’d have loved and respected it. That’s my guess. Better than Weird Al.

  5. Joseph Kyle September 26, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I have heard that he DID love this one:

  6. Mike Relton September 27, 2011 at 9:35 am

    i prefer ‘I’m surprised he didn’t miss’ by ted nugent.

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