“When you’re out in the desert, you can’t believe the amount of stars. We’ve sent mechanisms out there, and they haven’t found anything. They’ve found different colors of sand, and rings and gases, but nobody’s shown me anything that makes me feel secure in what happens afterward. All I really believe in is this fucking moment, like right now.”
Ah, the sounds of his voice, high, low, forceful, tender, cracking…sounds seared not into my memory but, yes, my heart, only 16, the sound of a new kind of music that broke the back of the Reagan-era pop that so many of us had become inured to.
When long hair was a statement, flannel wasn’t ironic, revolution was grassroots and real and innocent and stupid…ah, the early 90s. When the M in MTV meant music. When espresso was a new thing, and hanging in cafes was new, too.
The below all from 1992 MTV Unplugged, apparently previously unreleased. Favorite moment right at the beginning how he begins it at 20 with a nyahhhh shake of his head:
Okay, the official classics how we remember ’em:
Predating Columbine, murder and confusion:
It’s not a TV studio, Josh, turn these fucking lights out! Plus, best/most famous mosh pit sequence ever?
Bonus, Bob Dylan’s Masters of War with Ben Harper:
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan:
Ah, back when we were young, gorgeous, insecure and crazy:
“There’s no thinkin’ that takes place outside of what’s happening right then, right in the moment…it actually effects the passage of time?”