If there’s one thing most people agree on, it’s that Dee Snider has strong opinions. One thing people may or may not agree on is her latest statement that Nirvana’s album no matter was the album that killed “other bands”.
The controversial Twisted Sister frontman shared his take on Nirvana’s album to Heavy consequence. He explained that before the 90s, he thought that hair metal (otherwise known as glam metal or pop metal) was already starting to be “watered down”.
“[Hair metal] had become so watered down, so corporate and so predictable, ”Snider told the publication. “Groups were assembled for their looks. Whitesnake – the band in the video for ‘Still of the Night’ were physically put together to look pretty.
“And then all of a sudden it’s unplugged, and we’re not even electric anymore – we’re singing folk songs. Well, now you deserve to be knocked off your pedestal.
He explained how no matter by Nirvana was one of the albums that sparked the “grunge explosion”, a movement that went beyond hair metal.
“When that Nirvana album came along, and Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam’s debut album, Alice in Chains – I was like, ‘This is awesome. It’s heavy!'”
“And suddenly [grunge] become [this thing that] was killing other groups. But I thought it was great when it first came out.
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Snider then developed the term “hair metal”.
“Most people know about it,” he began. “That this name [hair metal] and virtually every other nickname given to any form of music was a derogatory term pasted on music by a reporter. Grunge, these Seattle bands hated to be called grunge. Hair metal, heavy metal… Zeppelin, AC / DC, Sabbath, they don’t like being called heavy metal. It was a negative term “
“Historically, people have tried to define a group with a shitty slogan.”
“But the fans notice them, and they don’t see them as derogatory, so they don’t see it as hair metal as something negative. Or heavy metal, or grunge.
“We accept it and it’s kind of a way of changing the way it is actually perceived,” he concluded.
You can watch the interview in full here.
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