john lewis wrote:On Nirvana, one of the things that helps me think their overrated is the fact that probably everyone and their brother has Nevermind and I'm sure there's a big group that's bought Unplugged but I doubt most of their supposed fans even know about Bleach, In Utero, and Incestcide.
For me to classify a band as overrated, there's one of two things they have to be; they either have to gotten "lucky" by having something effect their music careers that makes it hard to decide whether they became popular due to what happened to them or their talent (Nirvana, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix) or have a niche audience(either indie/ counter culture or mainstream) that would probably support them no matter what (Radiohead, Green Day, christian rock bands).
In Utero is so dark and dreary. I love it. And Bleach is the raw, seminal sound I associate with Nirvana.
It's the heavy tracks on Nevermind that are my favorite. Territorial Pissings might be my favorite track off that album. Kurt's punk influences shining through with a bit of heavy metal Dave Grohl style. But Smells Like Teen Spirit was their first smash hit, and while it does have that Butch Vigh polish to it, I still think it sums up Nirvana pretty well.
And I get what you mean by the niche audience. I find myself always drawn to those bands with the hardcore following. (Except Tool. I hate Tool.) Radiohead, Tori Amos, Bjork, Pixies, Decemberists, etc, etc. The argument for these bands being overrated is fair, mainly because their fans speak very loudly and loyally when it comes to them. They swear by them, (I do), but they never really reach that mainstream audience. A lot of people just kind of go, "what's the big fucking deal?"