Sunday, September 19, 2010


Another busy week come to an end, with one of my staff finding greener pastures in someone elses work unit. The challenge begins finding a suitable replacement.

Friday night found me attending the wedding of a friend's son, a great guy who I've known from birth. Wow, doesn't that make me feel old! A fun celebration with friends I have not seen in ages. Rather than risk the long drive back home, I simply crashed in the back of the truck for the night, returning home the following morning.

Saturday and Sunday were spent working on the room again. Two coats of stain on Saturday, two coats of polyurethane on Sunday. Long days sniffing fumes. The worst is over and the end is in sight.

Saturday night found me on the prairie with the stereo cranked. What was surprising was that two vehicles passed my location even though I was in this secluded cul de sac in the middle of no where. Where did they think they were going?

First up was Stiff Little Fingers, live in Sao Paulo on July 7, 2000. Wikipedia describes them as a Northern Irish Punk band from Belfast, formed, in 1977, at the height of the troubles. They started out as a schoolboy band called Highway Star (named after the Deep Purple song), doing rock covers, until they discovered punk. They split up after six years and four albums, although they reformed five years later, in 1987. Despite major personnel changes, they are still touring and recording as of 2010.

After listening to the hour long recording, I was uninspired, nothing drawing my attention as being catchy or memorable. I gave it my best shot and it appears to lead nowhere.

The main act of the evening was Nirvana's Nevermind, their second studio album released on September 24, 1991. It is a kick ass album packed with some of their best tunes. Stiff Little Fingers faded rapidly from my mind when the first few chords of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" are heard. Kurt Cobain was a genius. You can sense that when he sings he's putting heart and soul into the lyrics and guitar playing. What a performer!

Wikipedia says:

Despite low commercial expectations by the band and its record label, Nevermind became a surprise success in late 1991, largely due to the popularity of its first single, "Smells Like Teen Spirit". By January 1992, it had replaced Michael Jackson's album Dangerous at number one on the Billboard charts. The Recording Industry Association of America has certified the album ten times platinum (10 million copies shipped). Nevermind was responsible for bringing alternative rock to a large mainstream audience, and critics subsequently regarded it as one of the best rock albums of all time.

Rolling Stone wrote in its entry for Nevermind on its 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, "No album in recent history had such an overpowering impact on a generation—a nation of teens suddenly turned punk—and such a catastrophic effect on its main creator."

Misfit with blond hair
Fingers burning up the strings
Spills raw energy

The coyotes gather
Sadly howling to the moon
See her in my dreams

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