DJ, writer and broadcaster Steve Lamacq shares his top 3 grunge tracks
Hi, I'm Steve. Lamacq the first journalist to interview Nirvana for a feature in the New Musical Express. An interview conducted in the bedroom, of a tiny B&B in Shepherds Bush.
To help you find your way through mud and discover some grunge gold. Here are my top three album recommendations. Obviously you have to start with Nirvana and Nevermind, which is the big record, the one which changed the movement and changed the shape of radio in America. It helped rock music have an alternative style onto the tailor. It really was a radical record, but listen to it. It's an amazingly tuneful record it. It wasn't just about how distorted the guitars were, how fantastically dark some of the lyrics were. It was also inspired, the band once told me, by the music of REM. They loved melodies did Nirvana. And in Nevermind they perfectly captured just the anger, aggression, but also the understanding of youth, which makes the record so special. Add to that. Here's a couple more Piece of Cake by Mudhoney. Mudhoney if anything, were the bands who set the whole scene rolling and were an incredible live experience. The tracks on Piece of Cake, really showed what they were capable of. And strangely, some people wouldn't say this was a grunge record, but the bands who helped Nirvana gets signed by Gaffen -Sonic Youth. Everyone needs a Sonic youth album, but definitely try Goo. Goo was a record, which has both a haunting side, slightly malevolent in places, but really positive too. It was a great album.