Saturday, October 2, 2010
While groups from the Northwest (Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden,...) dominated the genre - groups from SoCal (Hole, L7, Stone Temple Pilots,...) were also represented.
But for me, the 90's rock groups that mattered were the more ethnically influenced and political SoCal bands.
LA bands are different.
Rock is not just for white people when ones culture is so intertwined with the cultures of those from surrounding areas.
In all honesty, The Red Hot Chili Peppers have more street cred than do many bourgeoisie Negroes
(Have you been to Fairfax High School?) while Jane's Addiction is largely influenced by Hispanic culture and Rage Against the Machine makes DeeVee's site seem like The O'Reilly Factor.
I'm more of an 80's aficionado - but when I get sick of the R&B and Rap I hear every night at the clubs or on commercial radio - I gotta' go back to the socially relevant Los Angeles area groups for balance and perspective.