Nostalgia Is For
And it's this Friday
December 13, 2017
Chronicle news-opinion-expert music scene analysis
The official invite for Nostalgia is For Losers. CLICK TO ENLARGE
(SEATTLE, WA.) -- If you're dying to live and breathe some nostalgia for the salad days of the Grunge music scene in Seattle then you could, iffen you had a mind to, join former Seattle ultra-hip, too-cool-for-the-room DJ Marco Collins and Seattle rock photographer Karen Mason-Blair for an exclusive showing of 90’s memorabilia and photos of Seattle’s music icons from those wild, wacky and fun days in the 1990's that we all love and hold dear to our hearts.
The event takes place at The Bakeree (that is not a miss-spelling of bakery) located at 74 South Lucille Street Seattle, 98134 this coming Friday Dec. 15 from 6 pm to 9 pm.
Gotta be 21 to get in the door because, well, the Bakeree is a weed shop. Meaning you buy dope there. Loco weed. Lots of it.
A highly appropriate venue for a 90's grunge nostalgic event, yes? We're not sure if you can buy dope when you're there for this event or if you can only look at it in the display cases and drool a lot. Drooling is okay though. It's highly underrated.
Oddly (or perhaps not) this nostalgic event is called 'Nostalgia Is For Losers' which could possibly mean if you go there and, you know...you're all teary eyed and choked up over the 90's Grunge music scene...you're like...a loser.
However. we doubt that is the underlying subtext to the event. But we could be wrong.
What kind of stuff will you see there?
Well, you get to see Marco's very own personal 90’s memorabilia stash (Gold Records/Photos/Autographed Vinyl) and Karen’s rarely seen photos of Seattle’s music icons before they got famous. The exhibit contains images of Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam & Alice No Longer in Chains taken by Karen plus a collection of 90’s rock memorabilia/Hole tour photos from Marco.
And the PR release for the event says, "All photo prints available to purchase!"
So there it is. Out in the open. A crass, commercial money-making gig just like a Republican fund raiser. Not for the purity of the music, not for the sacred memory of that great Grunge period in Seattle, but puttin' butts in seats in order to put dollars in pants.
Well, that's okay. Everybody's gotta make a buck. This is, after all, 'Merica where we love guns and money and good dope equally well.
Who the devil are these people?
In case you weren't in Seattle during the Grunge days and don't have a clue who Collins and Mason-Bair are, Marco Collins was a well known DJ and Music Director at Seattle radio station 107.7 “The End” during the 1990’s grunge explosion in the Emerald City. He also worked at VH1, several record labels and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
His bio says the role Collins played while at The End, "In the 1990’s is what helped put Seattle on the musical map. He championed little known bands, often being the one to break them into the mainstream."
Karen Mason-Blair is one of a small group of Seattle photographers who took exclusive photographs of the bands who were the Grunge movement. She called these musicians her “Seattle Familia.”
Gene Stout, Pop Music Critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer said/wrote, “When I met her in 1991, Karen (Mason) seemed to know everyone on the Seattle club scene. Though we didn’t know it yet, the city was ready to explode. And Karen was at ground zero.”
So there you go. You read it here first kids.