The 1990’s were a somewhat murky period for rock. Hip hop and pop were in the forefront, with one-hit wonders pumping out merchandised mediocrity and unimaginative clone tunes. Modern rock was still regarded as “alternative" and received little airplay, outside of university campuses and Toronto’s CFNY, The Edge.
Edge Music Director Don Mitchell summarizes the period by saying, “There was a cycle when pop was very hot from about ’87 to ’92; then people started getting sick of the boy bands and Paula Abdul spinoffs. Along came Kurt Cobain and the emergence of grunge from Seattle. Grunge was probably the last highly successful new style of rock music to emerge since then."
Grunge’s biggest band hit the world stage in 1990. Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic auditioned Dave Grohl to join their band Nirvana. Novoselic later said, “We knew in two minutes that he was the right drummer."
Their label anticipated the trio’s first album “Nevermind" might sell 250,000 copies. By the end of 1991 ...