This week’s Dustinland is about the “grunge” (as if there was such a thing) scene, and growing up, that was pretty much what I was all about. It’s interesting to see what these dudes are up to today. Back then they were angry young guys. Now they’re rich dads — the successful ones at least.
You know, I didn’t really expect any of them to be going strong after all this time. Very few musicians can stay at the top of their game for even a few years, not to mention ten years or even 20. It’s just interesting to see who made it out looking good and who looks kinda desperate and sad. Like I said in the comic, who would have thought a drummer would have been the guy to come out the big winner. After Dave Grohl, I’d say Pearl Jam is No. 2. They seem to have a good thing going. And then I’d say Perry is No. 3 since Lollapalooza is doing so well (although Perry isn’t really part of this group – dude was born in 1959! Who knew?).
But yeah, the days of melodic hard rock/metal are over, and that’s sad. If I see one more band made up of cutesy girls and skinny guys, all dressed like hipsters in skinny jeans and “adorable” outfits, singing their wimpy little pop songs and banging away on their synths, I’m gonna fucking puke. These days I feel like it’s either that or death metal. Nothing in between. Even Tool has a synth now. Even Mastodon does! Man, you just can’t win.
**Note – this strip is doing nicely on Reddit today. Thanks as always Redditors!