Dagens The Guardian har en angrebslysten artikel, hvor en større håndfuld udenlandske rocknrollpersoner går på jagt efter overvurderede mesterværker indenfor moderne musik. Der skydes med skarpt mod albums fra bl.a. The Smiths, The Beatles, The Stone Roses, The Beach Boys, Television, Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd og The Strokes. Ikke engang Arcade Fire’s nye Neon Bible går fri. Her nedenfor en anden af artiklens lussinger; Mr. Flaming Lips’ hårde dom over Nirvana’s Nevermind. Lad os gerne få personlige bud ind her på hellige køer – danske som udenlandske – der fortjener at blive slagtet.
“It’s better to be overrated than underrated. Besides, it’s not the musicians’ fault Nevermind is overrated – it’s the public’s, or the critics’. But you don’t find yourself ever longing to listen to it, because there were – still are, in fact – so many mediocre bands that sound like it, that you’re constantly experiencing it. I never get out Nevermind and think: what great production, what great songs. Nevermind had a poisonous, pernicious influence. It legitimised suffering. The sainthood of Kurt Cobain overshadows the album: Kurt’s lyrics, his attitudinising and navel-gazing, were hard to separate from the band’s image. You can never just hear the record. For me, Bleach and In Utero are superior. Even the album cover seems cheap: that stupid dollar bill just seems to have been airbrushed in there. If Alice in Chains had done it, we’d have thought it was a joke, but because it was Nirvana we thought it was oh-so-clever. If you think you’re going to hear an utterly original, powerful and freaky record when you put on Nevermind, as a young kid might, Christ you’re going to be disappointed. You’re going to think, “Who is this band that sounds just like Nickelback? What are these drug addicts going on about?””
Wayne Coyne, Flaming Lips om Nirvana’s Nevermind