Grunge: Where Are They Now?

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 β€” 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!

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17 responses to “Grunge: Where Are They Now?

  1. When I was a Freshman in college back in 1991, everyone was convinced that Perry Farrell had AIDS and would die within the year and that’s why Jane’s Addiction was breaking up. I’m always pleased that he’s still alive & kicking and successful nearly 20 years later.

  2. Great Birdy. Who can resist a pickle? Who? Seriously, tell me who. I’ll split their jaws open. PICKLES.

  3. Hi. You said to drop you a line if anyone still uses the comic RSS feed. I do! πŸ˜€

  4. I, too, subscribe to your radical (early 90’s lingo!) RSS feed. Grunge was pretty great, but I was too much of a kid to really appreciate it at the time. I wonder how the tweens of today will reminisce about the indie explosion happening now.

  5. I use the RSS feed, too.

  6. Okay, looks like the RSS feed is here to stay! Unlike grunge.
    PS You can hear a song from Dave Grohl’s new supergroup here (it’s okay): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7_vH3H8LPI&feature=player_embedded

  7. Keep the RSS!

    It would also be awesome if you embedded the comic into the RSS feed as well.

    Keep up the greatness!

  8. The “grunge scene” is total BS, a term invented by lame music critics who needed a label for dudes who made rock music but also wore flannel.

    Woulda been nice to see Soundgarden still around. But after Badmotorfinger Cornell’s lameness (evidenced by his solo turds) was creeping into the band’s sound so it’s better that they did break up.

    Ha, you’ve got Chickenfoot in the bargain bin. Hafta disagree there, great band with some good tunes. And that Chad Smith on drums knows how to bring it. You almost have to feel bad for the dude that he’s gonna go back and play with the Lukewarm Chili Peppers now.

    PS – Pearl Jam’s best disc is Yield.

  9. Spacehog was not grunge at all, they were really f-ing good bowie-esque glam rock.

    And now I have to go to their website because I had no clue that they got back together.

    Also, as lame as STP’s music is, I saw them at voodoofest last year and boy does that guy know how to dance around and entertain a huge crowd.

  10. Another note from yet another faithful reader via the RSS feed. πŸ™‚

    If you could embed the actual comics into the feed, that would be even better.

  11. Hey Dustin

    Not to be some kind of 90s know-it-all, but I definitely would have predicted Dave Grohl to be the winner, even before Kurt Cobain passed on. While I may have swooned over Kurt back then (the man of my dreams in those days), I was entranced by Dave Grohl’s drumming abilities. He has that “thing” that you normally don’t notice in a drummer. He was always a rock star, and the fact that he chose to use his amazing skills to be a drummer, well, he could have done anything, but was just so smart that he knew Nirvana was IT, the opportunity of a lifetime.
    Anyway, that’s my lowly take. Yes, I’m a chick who wore either a flannel shirt or a thermal shirt with a t-shirt over it every day in jr high and early high school. Very stylish.
    In conclusion, thanks for the awesome comic! I was afraid it would be about new music that i don’t know about when i got your email. πŸ˜‰

  12. A few responses to the comments on Reddit:
    – I definitely respect The Melvins and Dinosaur Jr. but I have to say, I kinda think both bands do the same song over and over again. They’re still super influential, I just personally can’t get into them.
    – I used to listen to Stone Temple Pilots when I was a kid, and I liked them, but even then I could tell they weren’t the real thing when compared to all these other bands. Even then they only had one good album, and now I find most of their stuff pretty hard to listen to. As a favor, I went with a friend to see them live last year and it may have been the worst show I have ever seen. The venue was half empty and the band had the energy of a dead horse. Which is sad because I saw them when I was younger and they were pretty good.
    – I used to wear giant flannel shirts β€” I’m making fun of myself. It felt good at the time but now I look back at the style and nobody really looked that cool. Especially the whole shorts with leggings thing that Pearl Jam rocked on the Ten album cover. That’s just a step away from hair metal.
    – I liked the Probot album. Well, at least half of it. “Access Babylon” rules.

  13. If Dave Grohl’s the winner, Krist Novoselic is among the losers now:

    ugh.

    Yeah, the themes in today’s music are much more juvenile compared to those from ’90s music. Nirvana and Soundgarden had sounds about self-loathing, alienation, and debilitation caused by emotional problems and drug addiction… while today’s scene is mostly comprised of ersatz manufactured rock bands with lightweight songs about sneakers and t-shirts.

    It’s kind of funny how instead of cool new, authentic musicians and bands coming out, old bands from the ’60s and ’70 are having a resurgence in popularity – Fleetwood Mac just toured (Lindsey Buckingham is eternally cool), the Beatles are reaching a new generation, and other old farts are still touring and recording, and their stuff is being bought by the youngins.

    “Unsung” by Helmet is also a classic ’90s song.

  14. Let’s see how a “Rappers: Where are they now?” comic would go:

    Tupac: dead at 25
    Biggie: dead at 24
    Tampa Tony: sentenced to life in jail for drug charges
    Lil Wayne: awaiting sentencing for gun possession conviction, 1 year expected
    DMX: homeless drug addict / felon
    Eazy-E: died of AIDS

  15. Nice comic. But… the new AIC isn’t half-bad… maybe not the greatest, but I wouldn’t call it “lame”. In the big scheme of things, I think they did it right….. unlike Cornell… which is just laughable.

  16. great comic dustin, i was just watching AIC’s unplugged concert, man really sad, layne staley looked like a freaking zombie at that point. just one last comment, you dind’t say anything about Mad Season, along with staley, and lanegan in one song there where several “grunge” musicians gathered in that band. but of course, you know about this

    take care, keep music comics coming.

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