Arcade Fire’s Hit Record, and an Indie-Rock Identity Crisis

In many ways, the market that Nirvana conquered could not be more different from today’s. In 1992 the music industry was financially strong but in need of a musical reboot, and Nirvana’s gradual climb to No. 1 — bypassing not only Jackson but also Garth Brooks, U2, MC Hammer and Guns N’ Roses — represented a broad shift in mainstream tastes. With each additional million in sales, “Nevermind” convinced another record executive to sign that flannel-wearing, distortion-pedal-stomping band whose demo tape would otherwise have gone to the circular file.

via Arcade Fire’s Hit Record, and an Indie-Rock Identity Crisis – NYTimes.com. (again via Hypebot)

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