What was happening in American culture during this time that might have contributed to these feelings as expressed in these songs?

1. Using the internet or your phone, listen to the following songs:
“One” by Metallica
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana
“Paranoid Android” by Radiohead
After listening to the above songs, answer the following questions in your discussion post:
What musical influences do you hear in each of these songs and how would you categorize each of them in a genre? (grunge, heavy metal, rock?)
Listen carefully to the lyrics and share a few sentences as to what each of these songs is about. Thematically they are similar and project a sense of aloneness and cynicism, but what topics do they address? What was happening in American culture during this time that might have contributed to these feelings as expressed in these songs?
2. It’s not always clear why something happens in history. Sometimes it is simply because it was time for a change. I believe with the onset of the 1990’s, music was in need of a change. Generation X saw the introduction of Grunge. This was a musical style that was intentionally different and less flamboyant than the music from the 1980’s that came before it. Try to think of why music had run its course in the 1970’s and 1980’s style by the time Generation X came to predominance. What was happening on a global scale that created such tension in the youth of America? I think there is a lot to think about when it comes to the music of the 1990’s.

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