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Ongoing History Daily: Why do so many people hate nu-metal?

There was a time at the end of the 90s when a new form of hard rock was briefly the biggest thing. Nu-metal, with its raps and heavy beats, had its roots with bands like Faith No More and Korn. By the end of the decade, we had bands like Limp Bizkit selling millions of records. And then suddenly, nu-metal was not only over but shunned and ridiculed. Why?

Probably a form of justifiable wokeness. So many nu-metal bands were misogynistic, seemingly promoted violence, and appealed mainly to testosterone-loaded frat boys. After the disaster of Woodstock ’99 with its violence, vandalism, and sexual assault, nu-metal was exposed for what it was. It didn’t help that nu-metal was the exact opposite of the pop music of the day with all the boy bands and girl singers.

There was a societal shift in attitude and there was no longer a place for nu-metal.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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