PORTLAND, Ore. ( TheStreet) -- Just about every graying, fading member of my generation has a similar story: I was on a bus with about 60 other kids from a New Jersey Catholic church youth group heading up to Lake Placid for a field trip with my Kmart off-brand Walkman in my lap when I first heard it. It was on a pop station such as Z-100 or 95.5 WPLJ where it didn't belong, but Kurt Cobain's call-to-arms opening riff and Dave Grohl's rolling intro didn't seem to belong anywhere.Altogether too many trees were felled to give writers enough space to tell the world how Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit was supposed to change music forever. It got me listening to a copy of Nevermind on repeat for days on end, but that song never quite had the effect that the bunch of guys -- and they were almost always guys -- sitting behind typewriters in black shirts had in mind. It never brought on that metal/punk hybrid of pure, adrenalized guy rock that would kick the longhairs to the curb and make all those rock-god groupies accessible to any nerd with a distortion pedal.
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