Expect an excess of thrift store flannel, floral Doc Martens, and teenage angst this weekend when South Florida's premier Nirvana tribute act Smells Like Grunge rolls into Lake Worth's Speakeasy Lounge. We caught up with the trio a few months back where we gleaned that the act's drummer, Jay Scott, could be a solid Dave Grohl stand in and that lead singer Nick Rotondi has Kurt Cobain's cathartic howls down pat. Bassist Hector Diaz, who does a pretty convincing Krist Novoselic on stage told us the band will be performing a 90-minute set on Saturday with ''all the hits," and peppering in "some more obscure tunes for the die hards." The group covers the entire gamut of the storied grunge act's career, performing everything from the early Bleach years through bits of In Utero and even a MTV Unplugged tune or two.
All this Nirvana talk got us thinking about the scuzzy, plaid-loving genre known as grunge. Let's face it, some of the more popular grunge tracks, to put it metaphorically, can smell rather putrid in today's musical tableau. Who can really bear hearing Pearl Jam's "Jeremy," or Stone Temple Pilots' "Plush," one more time? Don't get us started about Hole either and let's not start talking about the Offspring, Limp Biscuit, Bush charade that followed the grunge wave.
So, no rock journo in their right mind would disparage Nirvana, that would be musical sacrilege -- let's just say the entire Nirvana catalog is immune to staleness. But what other grunge songs have stood the test of time? Which grunge songs could one safely play at a party without running the risk of being singled out as a relic '90s child, abuser of the Singles soundtrack? After the jump we've compiled a list of grunge songs that still sound relevant and current, to avoid any such accusations.