U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Washington > Seattle area
 [Register]
Seattle area Seattle and King County Suburbs
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 11-15-2009, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
16,248 posts, read 22,970,504 times
Reputation: 3587

Advertisements

Seattle is home to so many greatly talented bands. Aside from Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, there are man others like Soundgarden, Bush, Screaming Trees just to name a few.
I have a theory and it is that the depressing (always raining, dark and cloudy) weather in Seattle actually makes people "artsy". I don't know if it because they cannot do anything outside most of the year or because they are looking for an outlet for their depression but Seattle seems to have this effect.
What do you think?
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 11-15-2009, 07:17 PM
 
88 posts, read 222,770 times
Reputation: 62
Quote:
Originally Posted by KevK View Post
Seattle is home to so many greatly talented bands. Aside from Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, there are man others like Soundgarden, Bush, Screaming Trees just to name a few.
I have a theory and it is that the depressing (always raining, dark and cloudy) weather in Seattle actually makes people "artsy". I don't know if it because they cannot do anything outside most of the year or because they are looking for an outlet for their depression but Seattle seems to have this effect.
What do you think?
I don't think that the weather necessarily makes people "artsy," however, it probably contributed to the downbeat sounds of the Seattle bands you mentioned -- by the way, Bush is a band from England (also known for its grey skies and rain, nonetheless), not Seattle.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-15-2009, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
16,248 posts, read 22,970,504 times
Reputation: 3587
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vells View Post
I don't think that the weather necessarily makes people "artsy," however, it probably contributed to the downbeat sounds of the Seattle bands you mentioned -- by the way, Bush is a band from England (also known for its grey skies and rain, nonetheless), not Seattle.
Oh, I got that wrong. I meant Alice in Chains. Doesn't Pearl Jam have some Seattle connections too? Although Eddie Vedder is out of Chicago, I think some of the band is out of Seattle.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-15-2009, 07:31 PM
 
88 posts, read 222,770 times
Reputation: 62
Quote:
Originally Posted by KevK View Post
Oh, I got that wrong. I meant Alice in Chains. Doesn't Pearl Jam have some Seattle connections too? Although Eddie Vedder is out of Chicago, I think some of the band is out of Seattle.

You're going back a ways now. The "grunge scene" -- aside from those bands actually still getting airplay on the local radiio stations (and even then, it's the same MTV stuff like "Spoon Man" or "Smells like Teen Spirit" rather than anything esoteric) -- is pretty much over. I think a few bands of Seattle origin like Modest Mouse and Queens of the Stone Age (and that's starting to go back about 5 years) have enjoyed some limited success.

There were a few founding members of Pearl Jam from Washington but, you're right, Vedder is a native of Illinois who moved up to WA from California, where he lived prior to joining Pearl Jam.

This is like asking if the nice weather in Athens, Georgia makes people want to make light, yet socially conscious music like REM or the B-52's did.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-15-2009, 07:31 PM
 
2,352 posts, read 2,036,167 times
Reputation: 538
No. It's the drugs.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-15-2009, 10:19 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
16,561 posts, read 24,761,202 times
Reputation: 8888
It's the scenic beauty of Seattle. Those views can inspire anyone.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-15-2009, 10:31 PM
 
3,970 posts, read 12,756,036 times
Reputation: 1576
No, I think it is something else, entirely. Seattle attracts creative people because there are already many of the same here. Creative people in any area, creates more of the same. By natural births, and by natural attraction. I don't think weather has much to do with it, but you could argue that less outdoor activities create more "indoor" endeavors. (Although I have never been convinced that the NW has less outdoor activities, if anything the reverse may be true!)
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-15-2009, 11:18 PM
 
Location: LQA, Seattle, Washington
460 posts, read 1,269,946 times
Reputation: 181
Weather is not all that depressing.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-16-2009, 04:00 AM
 
30 posts, read 64,703 times
Reputation: 22
KevK - Firstly, Cobain was not from Seattle, rather Aberdeen (WA). Secondly, Seattleites are overrated, except amongst themselves. By the by they're an arrogant bunch who think they're the next best thing since sliced bread. Nearly every one I've known (even those who tout the city) acknowledge that the people are cold and snooty. As for the weather, yes, it's gray and dreary 75% of the time. WA has the nation's highest suicide rate for a reason. So no, the weather doesn't make them "arty" -- it does, however, make people extremely depressed.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-16-2009, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
909 posts, read 1,541,977 times
Reputation: 946
Quote:
Originally Posted by gussieishere View Post
WA has the nation's highest suicide rate for a reason. .
Close but not exactly - it's 23rd highest, actually

Suicide rates by state | ScrippsNews

Who knew that sunny Florida has a higher rate of people offing themselves ?
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Washington > Seattle area

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2021, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top