an essay I just found in a school publication from 1992:
Endpoint, Sunspring, Ennui, Erchint, Bush League, Shovel, and Step Down. No, these aren't the names of some odd lines of clothing. They are names of the freshest new bands springing up in Louisville.
These bands have a defiant style that is all their own. Funky and carefree, the band members put all of themselves and more into their music. The performances are extremely intense and full of action — not only from the band members but from the audience. The performers grab the microphone letting all their emotions rush out into their songs. The music is full of energy and a type of realism that is shocking.
Alternative music originated in a small town in Britain. Bands started playing in pubs and nearby restaurants. From there alternative music began to grow very quickly. People came from all over Britain to hear these bands play. More bands got started, and from there the fad spread all over Europe.
This odd type of Hard Core/Punk Rock music has been spreading very quickly over America. Some bands such as Nirvana (which originated in Seattle, Washington) have made it to the big time. Bands here in Louisville, such as Sunspring and Shovel, often play in a local skatepark on Preston Highway. Others play at a nearby club called Tewligans or at Another Place Sandwich Shop on Frankfort Avenue. But no matter where the bands play, they always attract a crowd.
The crowds at these concerts are usually made up of "alternative" people; some with pea-green mohawks and chains from their noses to their ears or spikes connected to the ends of their jackets and shoes. "Alternative" people aren't the only ones that show up at the concerts however; there is also the preppie-college type that moshes right along with the rest of the audience.
Moshing is basically the same thing as slam dancing. If there is no room to move, usually people just stand in one space and bounce up and down, crashing into the persons beside them.
Though it seems extremely dangerous, it really isn't. Most people never get seriously hurt; often people just get small bruises on their legs and arms. It has been known for some to faint during shows because of the intense heat produced from everyone jumping around. Kids obviously enjoy it because they keep coming back.
What started off as a small style in Britain has grown into a wild craze in America. Now this wild craze has moved to Louisville!