Epic two months for music
Between the months of August and September in 1991 something quite extraordinary happened in the music industry. Grunge was born, cock-rock was declared dead, the biggest rock album of the sound scan era was released, Guns and Roses released Use Your Illusion I & II and The Red Hot Chill Peppers released an Blood Sugar Sex Magic. Wow
Firstly lets talk about Metallica – Metallica (aka the black album), this the fifth release from the San Francisco quartet, produced by Bob Rock was a move away from their thrash roots and an attempt to come up with a new sound. This was released at midnight on the 13th of August and went straight into number one and shipped 650,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release alone, the following months more sales backup up by a two and a half year tour to support the album, the rest they say is history.
The Grunge Age is born
The opening chords of “Smells like Teen Spirit”, changed everything, once big hair, excess, drugs & loud guitar solos ruled the airwaves, as soon as Nirvana with their simplistic approach, started playing their extremly catchy song had a lot of empathy with fans and seemed real, the older 80s rock just couldnt compete. Not only did we get ‘Smells like teen spirit’ we also got Ten by Pearl Jam.
Other honorable mentions
The Red Hot Chili Peppers also released Blood Sex Sugar Magic an epic piece of work including ‘Give it away now’ and ‘Under the Bride’, ‘Use your Illusion 1 and 2’ also released to much aclaim, personally id rather no filler and one album. It was the beginning of the end for Guns and Roses here, the tour with Metallica and total excess of the band soon meant that Slash left and they never recovered. We also cant ignore Bryan Adams – Waking up the Neighbours, okay so not Bryans greatest work, but it did contain that annoying song from Robin hood.
Well the US sales (to date) numbers don’t lie:
- Metallica – Metallica (16 million)
- Guns and Roses – Use your Illusion I and II (5.5 / 9 million)
- Nirvana – Nevermind (10 million)
- Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sex Sugar Magic (7 million)
- Pearl Jam – Ten (10 million)
- Bryan Adams – Waking up the neighbours (4 million)
I cant think of another two months, where so many epic albums were released that were so influential & sold as many . Below is a selection of some of the videos from those albums
Metallica – Enter Sandman
Guns and Roses – November Rain
Nirvana – Nevermind
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Nevermind
Pearl Jam – Alive