One of the most 90s things I’ve ever seen is a shot of Charles Barkley and Nirvana together on the Saturday Night Live set in 1993. Barkley was the NBA MVP that year, and hosting. Nirvana, which released In Utero that year, was the musical guest. It was a magical time in American culture, and to hear Barkley tell it on Dan Patrick’s show, the guys in Nirvana were blazed out of their minds the whole time. Here’s the quote in case you can’t watch: I had people coming in and out, my friends, so I kept my dressing room open. Every time those guys from Nirvana opened their door I got like a contact high. It was like one of those big mushroom clouds came. Like I was scared to go to the airport because I didn’t want to … do not go to the airport.
Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament talking to Kenny Mayne: “I sorta had to hide the fact that I played pickup ball. I was hanging around all the punk rock guys. I remember Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love talking trash about the fact that I hoop. And you get to a point where you don’t care about the cliques as much any more. It’s like man I’m just going to do what I love to do.”