Now that the day is well behind us, I feel comfortable in saying that Amanda Marcott wins:
Sure, I make it sound like the 90s, especially the late 90s, were the greatest, most perfect time in history. And it was! But there were naysayers. I had one friend who fashioned herself all arty, and she’d complain to me all the time about the death of college radio. Even though they had college radio on at night on 91.7 all through the late 90s, she kept bellyaching about the end of K-NACK, which was supposed to be this great indie/punk station, and it was shut down in the mid-90s. Like I said to her at the time, there wasn’t any more need for college radio anymore. After all, K-NACK ended because they got bought out by the alternative rock station, 101X. Alternative rock meant you didn’t need some stupid college radio stations to have anything on the air besides insipid pop music. Alternative music was mainstream, baby! After all, weren’t even the frat daddies and the party girls listening to alternative rock? Alt rock had won, and there wasn’t a need for any kind of underground or indie music any more.
As further food for thought, here’s Local H’s “High Fiving MF”.