For Damien Jurado, the massive suburban- mall-crowd embrace of Nirvana’s landmark 1991 album Nevermind marked the death knell of the underground Seattle grunge scene, a club in which he enjoyed good standing.
“It wasn’t the record – or the band. I loved them both. It had to do with the mass movement toward commercial success and mainstream acceptance…. It sort of took all the fun out of it,” the 43-year-old brooding singer/songwriter said during a call from Rome last week.
“When major labels started signing bands like Sonic Youth and the Butthole Surfers, it just seemed so foreign to me… so I went in the opposite direction.”