About “Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Rock Blues”
“Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Rock Blues” is a hidden song by Todd Snider from his album Songs For The Daily Planet.
Amidst the rise of “grunge rock”, Snider released this song as a parody of the rise and subsequent fall of a fictional alternative band. The lyrics reference Eddie Vedder, R.E.M., and Mudhoney. The lines “I feel stupid/and contagious” are an indirect reference to Nirvana, who, according to the song, knocked the song’s fictitious band out of the spotlight on into the downward spiral. Also known as “Seattle Grunge Rock Blues,” “The Band that Wouldn’t Play,” or “Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Blues.”
About Songs For The Daily Planet
Songs For The Daily Planet is a seminal album by American singer-songwriter Todd Snider, released in 1994. This debut album introduced Snider as a talented and witty storyteller in the folk and Americana music scene.
The album is marked by Snider’s clever and humorous songwriting, which often combines social commentary with a sharp sense of humor. Tracks like “Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Rock Blues” and “Alright Guy” showcase his gift for observational lyrics and storytelling.
Musically, Songs For The Daily Planet blends elements of folk, country, and rock, providing a diverse backdrop for Snider’s narratives. The album received critical acclaim for its lyrical depth and Snider’s charismatic delivery.
This debut album laid the foundation for Todd Snider’s enduring career as a folk troubadour and cemented his reputation as a gifted songwriter with a unique storytelling style. Songs For The Daily Planet remains a cherished work in his discography.
How to find “Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Rock Blues”
On CD: Begins at 4:55 of track #12 (“Joe’s Blues”)
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