In the early 90’s the “alternative” format flourished, bursting forth with a creative force that led to a steady stream of massive hits from Nirvana’s “Smells Like a Teen Spirit” to Radiohead’s “Creep” and “Loser,” Beck’s first hit.
Listening to “Not OK!” by singer/songwriter Chaz Cardigan recalls the texture and sound of those (and other) modern rock tunes that were there at the dawn of the 90’s,
“Not OK” is personal, the result of therapy and an a-ha! moment of clarity: that “Not OK!” is actually, completely OK.
Some days, man I’ve got it all together
Most days though I’m just trying to get better
Everybody’s got that something
We can’t fix with love or money
Chaz Cardigan is a classically trained pianist, he plays numerous instruments, and his point of view is artistic, cerebral and abstract. One of his major musical influences is David Bowie. He’s 24 y/o and lives in Nashville.
The video for “Not OK!” is silly, with Chaz in a bathtub full of gummy bears. Is he intentionally mirroring “The Death of Marat” –or if it’s just one of those things that happen?