Thirty years ago, two of the most iconic records of the 90's and of rock music in general were introduced to the world. Nevermind and Blood Sugar Sex Magik were both released on September 24th, 1991. They launched Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers into superstardom (photo by: Kevin Mazur / London Features).
I've listened to both of these albums so many times as a teenager that I can sing every word of every song, so this could easily turn into a 10,000 word essay of memories and connections that these songs have had to events in my life, but I have a late night of movies at the drive-in, so I'll keep it brief.
Nevermind was Nirvana's first album on a major label and their second album overall after their 1989 Sub Pop debut record, Bleach. It went on to achieve over 16 million certified album sales with an estimated 30 million copies sold worldwide, making it one of the top 50 highest selling albums of all time. My favorite tracks are Lithium, Drain You and Something In The Way, but the album is best known for its opening track which was repeatedly called the anthem of Generation X by the media, Smells Like Teen Spirit. It's a damn good song, but frankly, I never bought into it as an anthem of anything, and I don't think Kurt Cobain did either.
I'm so happy 'cause today I found my friendsThey're in my headI'm so ugly, that's okay, 'cause so are youBroke our mirrorsSunday morning is everyday, for all I careAnd I'm not scaredLight my candles in a daze'Cause I've found GodI'm so lonely, that's okay, I shaved my headAnd I'm not sadAnd just maybe I'm to blame for all I've heardBut I'm not sureI'm so excited, I can't wait to meet you thereAnd I don't careI'm so horny, that's okayMy will is goodI like it, I'm not gonna crackI miss you, I'm not gonna crackI love you, I'm not gonna crackI killed you, I'm not gonna crack
Blood Sugar Sex Magik was every bit as important and influential of an album. It brought the Red Hot Chili Peppers into the mainstream and it features three of my favorite songs from any band of any era: I Could Have Lied, Breaking The Girl and the band's biggest hit, Under The Bridge. The latter is my favorite song to sing when I'm in the car by myself where no one else can hear me, but Breaking The Girl is the one that haunts me.
Breaking The Girl
I am a manCut from the knowRarely do friendsCome and then goShe was a girlSoft but estrangedWe were the twoOur lives rearrangedFeeling so good that dayA feeling of love that dayTwisting and turningYour feelings are burningYou're breaking the girlShe meant you no harmThink you're so cleverBut now you must severYou're breaking the girlHe loves no one elseRaised by my dadGirl of the dayHe was my manThat was the wayShe was the girlLeft aloneFeeling the needTo make me her homeI don't know what, when or whyThe twilight of love had arrivedTwisting and turningYour feelings are burningYou're breaking the girlShe meant you no harmThink you're so cleverBut now you must severYou're breaking the girlHe loves no one elseTwisting and turningYour feelings are burningYou're breaking the girlShe meant you no harmThink you're so cleverBut now you must severYou're breaking the girlHe loves no one else