KEXP Exclusive Interview: Sub Pop CEO Megan Jasper on The Grunge Hoax of Greatness

photo by Owen Murphy

photo by Owen Murphy

On this day in 1992, the number-one hit song in the U.S. was “How Do You Talk to an Angel” by The Heights. The Jacksons: An American Dream, which chronicled the rise to fame of the Jacksons, premiered on ABC and movies like A River Runs Through It, Glengarry Glen Ross, and the Steven Seagal classic Under Siege were in theaters.

More importantly, it was on this day in history that the “grunge speak” hoax is bought hook, line, and sinker by a reporter from the New York Times after Megan Jasper, a receptionist at the time for Sub Pop Records (now their CEO!), makes up a list of fake slang terms. Under pressure from the writer who wanted to know if grunge fans had their own slang, Jasper shared a set of slang terms that she claimed were associated with the scene in the early 1990s, but which she had, in fact, invented on the spot. The information given by Jasper appeared in the sidebar of a feature article by reporter Rick Marin in The New York Times, revealing him to be the lamestain in the tom-tom club. Listen below and read excerpts from a chat with Jasper and KEXP’s Morning Show host John Richards as they swing on the flippity-flop and remember this score.

WACK SLACKS: Old ripped jeans
FUZZ: Heavy wool sweaters
PLATS: Platform shoes
KICKERS: Heavy boots
SWINGIN’ ON THE FLIPPITY-FLOP: Hanging out
BOUND-AND-HAGGED: Staying home on Friday or Saturday night
SCORE: Great
HARSH REALM: Bummer
COB NOBBLER: Loser
DISH: Desirable guy
BLOATED, BIG BAG OF BLOATATION: Drunk
LAMESTAIN: Uncool person
TOM-TOM CLUB: Uncool outsiders
ROCK ON: A happy goodbye

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One Comment

  1. Posted November 16, 2017 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    Hahahaha! I was in high school in 1992 and used to swing on the flippity-flop all the time in my fuzz and wack slacks, but I’ve never heard of this interview or the corresponding article before. I guess reporters failing to do adequate research is definitely not a new thing.

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