A music genre, mostly METAL sounding (inspired by metal bands such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple), with a very slight touch of punk (NOT PUNK BASED) which originated in Seattle in about 1984 with the rise of the band GREEN RIVER, who INVENTED it. Grunge was then mastered by SOUNDGARDEN who released perhaps the most definitive grunge CD, ULTRAMEGA OK in 1988, before they took a more straight heavy metal approach to their music (and incidently improved after each album). People often make the mistake that Nirvana were the "inventors" of grunge which is simply bullshit because they didn't make an album which got alot of recognition til 1991 (7 Years after the founding of the grunge genre). And Nirvana are often labelled the most best grunge band which is bullshit because ALICE IN CHAINS are way better as are SOUNDGARDEN, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, SCREAMING TREES and MUDHONEY, quite simply because each of the bands mentioned write better songs including heavier, sludgier and grungier riffs, more skilful and ranging vocals, lyrics of grunge spirit and of course amazing drumming, complemented by difficult basslines as opposed to Nirvanas simple one note basslines.

Also, The Pixies, although a good band, are NOT the godfathers, or even influences of grunge. They formed after grunge had already been invented.
Black Sabbath are by right the godfathers of grunge, because they had the similar sounding heavy sludge riffs and vocals.

Some other great grunge albums worth buying are FACELIFT by ALICE IN CHAINS, BADMOTORFINGER by SOUNDGARDEN and CORE by STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
- Some Emo listening loser - 'Yo dude I'm a huge grunge fan!'
- Some TRUE GRUNGE fan - "What grunge bands do you like?"
- Some Emo listening loser - 'Nirvana, they are grunge, and they're the best'
- Some TRUE GRUNGE fan - "You're just a fucking retard, Nirvana didn't even fucking invent grunge and they're by far the most horribly overrated band of the grunge era, just compare their songs and their guitar solos, and drumming to a kick ass band like ALICE IN CHAINS. Buy the album FACELIFT then see who's a better band you retarded fuckwit"
#metal #alice in chains #soundgarden #temple of the dog #jordan capri
by Someone who hates Emo January 30, 2006
Late form of *mostly* US punk, for the most part characterized by:
-gloriously filthy distortion on guitar and often on bass
-LOTS of feedback
-thick sound, usually in the lower octaves
-being generally raw and “unpolished” (but still good quality, mind you!)
-vocals that are either loud, mumbling, and unintelligible; yelled angrily and are, once again, unintelligible; or overly pronounced in a bitter, pissed off, or sarcastic manner
-lyrics that are often metaphoric and angsty, crestfallen, regretful, bitter, ironic, sarcastic, disdainful, symbolic, etc.
-lack of focus on looks/appearances and more focus on the music itself
-being against sexism, racism, and homophobia (and pretty much any other kind of discrimination)
-lack of emphasis on being “macho”
-being supportive of female involvement in music

Bands such as Green River, Mother Love Bone, Mudhoney, Alice in Chains, The Melvins, Stone Temple Pilots, Hole, Screaming Trees, Nirvana*, Dinosaur Jr., Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Silverchair, etc. (and trust me, there’s a lot more)

*Nirvana is not the first grunge band (Green River is more like it), nor are they the best one. They’re great and one of my favorite bands, but there are plenty that equal or outdo them. And for the record, Smells Like Teen Spirit is nowhere NEAR their best song, and Nevermind is CERTAINLY not their best album. Bleach is a far better album, and as for songs, Paper Cuts, Floyd the Barber, Scoff, Downer, Milk It, Pennyroyal Tea, and Scentless Apprentice all completely OWN Smells Like Teen Spirit.

**Disclaimer-esque-thingy: Although reading about different genres of music is informative and beneficial, the best way to learn about any type of music is to go buy the CD and experience it yourself (at full volume). And for goodness sake, please refrain from listening to it on those godawful devices known as MP3 players. CD players, boomboxes, and multiple-disk stereo systems are the way to go!
If you listen to the influences of your favorite grunge bands, you'll find even more awesome music.
#grunge #punk #rock #bands #good music
by awkwardLAD April 22, 2009
A way of life, living without care, not giving a fucking shit. Main stream describes it as a music genre but really most people who are grunge listen to alternative music mostly, along with rock metal and punk. Most of the style came from the west coast, Seattle being a major input but also Cali and Nevada helped with large populations of grunge.

Some of you almost got it. But the rest of you... Go fuck yourself, you will never get it.
Living a grunge lifestyle you do a lot less laundry.
#grunge #dirty #nirvana #pearl jam #soundgarden
by mental terrorist January 15, 2013
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 and Soundgarden. 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 and Mudhoney 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's Nevermind and Pearl Jam's Ten. 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 and Silverchair. 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.
#grunge #hard rock #rock n' roll #seattle #nirvana #pearl jam #soundgarden #alice in chains #mother love bone #kurt cobain #eddie vedder #chris cornell #layne staley #green river #tad #jerry cantrell #dave grohl
by VegettoVai90 January 05, 2011
grunge is what happens when punk and metal meet with the result of passionate vocals and dirty guitars nirvana were a great band but not he only grunge group though kur ws the god of grunge with mark arm as a close second
poser:this is a great band their called blink-182
grungie:fuck this shit play some mudhoney long live grunge
#fuck #rock #kur cobain #nirvana #mudhoney #hole #green river
by grungelover November 30, 2008

1. A genre of music arbitrarily applied to any punk or heavy metal band (exclusively) from Seattle during the early to mid 90's.
You know Nirvana had simple songs consisting of four chords, heavy distortion, and some white guy screaming. If it was 1981, it would be just another punk act. But it's 1991, that shit is GRUNGE!
#nirvana #seattle #melvins #soundgarden #coffee
by BaconIndustry June 19, 2010
Lots of people have their opinions about Grunge. The name came from Mark Arm who described the sound of seattle bands in late 80s to mid 90s. But it lasted longer than that. Some claim Grunge is dead - It is not. The popularity has fallen, but so will Hip Hop. Blues had it down period for example. So if Grunge is dead then no one is listening to it - and people do. You have the most known metal dude from England who went over to seattle to check out how much in common grunge had with Metal. He soon found out that metal had less in common than what people think. so it is only an opinion. Then you have these people who claim Nirvana is not grunge. Nirvana is if you ask people - but claiming they were not grunge cos of popularity is like saying the fastest car in the world is not fast cos it is popular. It can not be defined by popularity. If you ask kurt cobain himself then grunge is punk that sounds grungy.continue on examples
..If you analyze what happened with chord progressions - it is very much the same as what is typical for punk. In a documentary from the seattle scene you have a guitar player showing that the chord progressions started going away from the traditional punk way of playing guitar - A chord was held longer in some places and done in different patterns. But what is punk really - it is going against the rules. That is what grunge did.Grunge has more in common with punk than metal. Thats why you have to agree with Cobain. Some say sound garden sounded the closest to metal - I would have to agree , but if you ask the band itself they will say that their music is different than from metal. I think it was cos of the same guitars used as typical as for metal bands and clothes - but if you are a musician you will tell the difference - If your into this. It is after all rock´n roll split into different subtitles. It is not a clear answer what grunge really is. Mark arm was describing the sound - and when all bands became hot cos of the hype then it is spread all around. Look at Hip Hop - no matter what opinion people have Hip Hop is the child that came from Rock. Rock from Blues. Pop from blues and rock. It all boils down to slaves in north America who sang out their troubles. So if you wonder where rock , pop , metal , grunge" or punk came from. Take a listen at son house - grinnin in your face. Peace
#grunge #kurt cobain #punk #soundgarden #seattle
by Viking territory May 03, 2013
Grunge (sometimes referred to as the Seattle sound) is a subgenre of alternative rock that emerged as a fusion of punk, alternative, and heavy metal1234 during the mid-1980s in the American state of Washington, particularly in the Seattle area. Inspired by hardcore punk, metal, and indie rock, grunge is generally characterized by heavily distorted electric guitars, contrasting song dynamics, and apathetic or angst-filled lyrics. The grunge aesthetic is stripped-down compared to other forms of rock music, and many grunge musicians were noted for their unkempt appearances and rejection of theatrics.

in order to restore we shouldnt shouth that nirvana isnt a grunge band or that alice in chains is better without layne stayley but we should support all
"store clerk: grunge is dead bro, but i can recommend JB
me: go fuck yourself and listen grunge like the big 4: nirvana soundgarden, alice in chains or pearl jam and then when you realise call me and i'll say some shit
store clerk: still dead to me
me (gets his shotgun):no you are dead
me:grunge aint dead kids its everwere
#grunge #nirvana #real music #alice in chains #seattle
by the j May 17, 2012
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