Seattle-based punk rock merged with 70's hard rock and Sabbath-esque heavy metal that emerged in the mid-80's. Pioneers of the sound include Green River
. Green River is considered to be the first crucial grunge band, the band that coined the term and truly kickstarted the then-new Seattle Sound
. The band split toward the late 80's, forming Mother Love Bone
in its wake. By 1990, MLB was considered the biggest band in Seattle
, and was poised to break the scene wide open, but tragically singer Andrew Wood
died just days before their major label debut. Grunge seemed to lose momentum for a year or so, but in 1991 all that would change with the release of Nirvana
and Pearl Jam
. Smells Like Teen Spirit
became a Top 10 Hit on the Hot 100 and received heavy rotation on MTV
, instigating the grunge revolution. Jeremy
won four VMA
's in 1993, including video of the year. In the early 90's, grunge was THE most dominant music genre in America, however, with the death of Kurt Cobain
in 1994 and Pearl Jams backing-away from the spotlight, grunge quickly lost momentum once again. In its place came the generic watered down genre known as post-grunge
, filled with forgettable bands like Bush
. Not long after the breakup of Soundgarden in 1997, pop-punk, nu metal, and teen pop took hold and seriously fucked popular music. Layne Staley
of Alice in Chains
' death in 2002 was grunge's death knell.
Grunge music is often credited for killing hairmetal and 80's-style pop rock, and when grunge was fresh and dominant this was thought of as a good thing, and rightly so...but the bands that took over after end of grunge, like Korn, Linkin Park, Slipknot, Blink 182, and eventually Fall Out Boy etc., are bands horrible enough to the point that even the cheesiest, most asinine hairband (see Tuff
) is preferable.
-Has a dirty guitar sound, strong riffs, and heavy drumming
-Guitars usually tuned to a lower key
-Commonly used guitar distortion and feedback
-Draws heavily on Punk
-Lyrics are typically angst-filled, angry, frustrated, sad, fearsome, and depressed
-Some people dont like Nirvana
because they were the most popular band and overshadowed bands like Alice In Chains
-Take as little effort as possible on appearence and dress for comport and affordability
-Reject the idea that one must always purchase the things that one wants or needs from others
-Like obscure indie bands, but disown those bands when they sign to major lables
-Never follow trends
-Strive for apathy and underachiement
-Act like you dont care, even if you do
-Usually have cynnical and negative outlooks upon life
-Respect women and reject jocks
BUILD UP AND BREAK DOWN
1987 - Mark Arm
of Green River
first uses the word Grunge
1990 - Andrew Wood
of Mother Love Bone
ODs on heroin
1991 - Nirvana
In the early and mid 1980s, grunge was a subgenre of punk that included bands such as Green River, The Melvins and Soundgarden. Though these bands did combine elements of heavy metal and punk, the term was mainly coined to describe the murky and dirty guitar sound. Eventually, grunge was used to describe a fashion style, which consisted of torn and faded jeans, flannel shirts, and ratty t-shirts, as well as bands such as Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, and Alice in Chains.
Grunge is dead
A form of Alternative Rock that had a low, dirty, "grungy" sound. Made popular by bands such as Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Mudhoney, Soundgarden etc. Grunge is not dead, the "popularity" has just died down. Grunge will make its return soon.
Currently known Grunge bands (most of these are underground bands):
Alice in Chains
Babes in Toyland
Mother Love Bone
My Sister's Machine
Stone Temple Pilots
Temple of the Dog
I'll tell you what grunge isn't
grunge is not a fashion statement. it was turned into one by preppy assed MTV suckers who thought Kurt Cobain was the shit, then took flannel shirts and ripped jeans to the runway.
Grunge is not alive. although there are some pretty great bands out there that sound grunge, and Pearl Jam is still making records, grunge is essentially dead
Grunge is not homo music. although grunge does not tend to slander or bash homosexuals, it is not homosexual music. it is usually called homosexual music by disgruntled hair metal fans, who are pissed off that grunge peed out the last embers of their dying scene. but you have to remember, these people idolize men who wear womens makeup and pantihose, who use more hairspray than a chick, and seem to have to show each other their cocks all the time? whats gayer, pantihose or ripped jeans... mmm i dunno!
fans of shit-assed nu metal bands like slipknot and Marilyn Manson seem to rip on Grunge for homosexuality quite a bit.but tell me who's gayer, a quartet from seattle, sometimes featuring one or more girls, or nine fat middle aged men wearing condoms and bondage gear on their heads? mmm... another tough one.
Grunge is not just Nirvana. contrary to what MTV tells you, grunge had a lot more bands than that. bands that were better than Nirvana, that only some people heard of. Pearl Jam, alice in chains, STP, Soundgarden. grunge had bands that were better than Nirvana that no one heard of. Mudhoney, Mo...
Definition: a style of rock music featuring harsh guitar chords, heavy riffs and drumming, and whose performers wear sloppy clothes; also called grunge, grunge rock, grunge metal
people who think NIRVANA isn't grunge are retarded because they are. If it weren't for them then you probably wouldn't know what grunge is.
Grunge isn't dead, it's just taking a nap.
a derivitive of punk rock that has a disorted, murky sound. Term was first used in the early to mid 1980's to describe bands such as green river, the melvins etc...
also called the 'northwest' sound-as the majority of this music origionated in the pacific north west of america-especially around the seattle area, or the 'subpop' sound, as many of the 'grunge' records were released on this small lable.
'grunge' reached the mainstream in the late 1980's/early 1990's with the breakthrough of acts such as nirvana, soundgarden, mudhoney, pearl jam, alice in chains and so on and so forth.
grunge really ended around the time of the death of kurt cobain in 1994, but many origional fans see the end of grunge with the over comercialisation of the music around the time nirvanas nevermind was released, the most extreme case of this overcomercialisation being the vogue grunge spread.
nirvana, mudhoney. soundgarden etc..
Grunge came about in the late 80's early 90's. Charactarized by people in flannel shirts and torn up jeans. it originated in seattle washington. some may say that the arists were a bunch of teenagers affected by the bad climate in seattle. Grunge is has a sound that sets it aside from the rest. The guitar typicaly has a dirty "mest up" distortion, heavy feed back and useally tuneing is a little off or tuned to D (DADGBE). Drumming has a steady beat mostly influenced by metal drum beats, untill NIRVANA where the beats were more popish. bass was usally alot like punk folled the guitar useing the beat of the drum. although grunge is conciderd to be a product of punk and metal, it developed its own melodic sound. The first real grunge band was Green River. and many more came about during the late 80's/90's. ex. Mudhoney, The Pixies, Sonic Youth, NIRVANA, Stone Roses, Alice In Chains, Sound Garden, Temple of the Dog, L7, Smashin Pumpkins, Hole, Pearl Jam, Candlebox, Live, Collective Soul, Malfunkshun.. etc. Grunge reached its mainstream popularity which NIRVANA, Nirvana released theyr first Album in 1989 "Bleach" on 12" which didnt make it main stream. In 1991 Nevermind was realesed. it was estimated to sell only 500,000 copys, a surprise to the band it went on to sell over 10 million copys, in the U.S. alone. Grunge became populrized and bands from then on have tryed to recreate such a success. Many popular rock bands today have elements of grunge. Grunge is called grunge cau...more...