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"
by Someone who hates Emo January 30, 2006
The tarry deposit left in a marijuana pipe or other smoking device
Joe cleaned the grunge out of his bong.
by Joe May 13, 2003
A mix of punk, metal and other good stuff. Kids that dont care what they look like, but do like smoking marijuana
Kurt Cobain....enough said
by sarah February 26, 2005
a distortion that was used into guitars in the late 80s and mid. 90s. this distortion was so creative that it made some of the best bands people ever see.
it was said that Nirvana created grunge but they only put it on the billboard music awards. It fell into deep sleep after kurt cobain was shot( there is evedince against courtney love murdered him) then its last step into sleep was when the lead singer for alice in chains died after a over dose.
nirvana is the god of grunge but there are other bands out there. I myself is starting a grunge band check out our myspace our grunge bands name is Time will tell.
guy: hey u like grunge
other guy: yea I think it sucks kurt died
guy:yea
other guy: wonder wh got him high then wrote a fake deathnote with the courtney loves hand writing
guy: she made grunge sleep
by Michael eskew January 05, 2008
Genre of music.
"Psuedo crappy music made by people in adverse weather condtion." The people of a grunge band are required to wear flannel, have long hair, scrappy beards, and the lead singer cannot make sense when he sings. The era of grunge went from 1992-1994. During the era many things from Seattle, the origin of grunge, had started to bloom all over. The era ended when Seattle was not the only city to have a Starbucks ever 1/3 of a mile.
Nirvana is the supreme band of grunge rock.
by Phd12741 August 29, 2004
sum really kool music wich broke the dancefloor in 1989 and has at least some influence on some rock band today grunge was a kind of metal with punk vocals so it is a mix beetwen the offsping and slayer really so you cant like grunge wihtout liking metal and punk.
fake grunger. look at me im wearing me nirvana hoodie.
real grunge fan. hi mate check out me nirvan hoodie my metallica wristbands and my chucks.
by metal head grunge pants September 26, 2006
Depressing, loud, self-important syle of rock music and dress emerging from the depressing, loud, self-important Seattle scene of the late 1980s. Dominant from the release of Nirvana's Nevermind in 1991 until the suicide of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in 1994. Grunge musicians and fans seemed deeply opposed to fun, which had long attracted players and listeners to rock music. Grunge bands sounded like Goth music played by a heavy metal band stoned on Robitussin, and they stole their clothes from street junkies, many of whom were actually in Grunge bands and later died of heroin overdoses. Much of Grunge was falsely blamed on the miserable but brilliant Kurt Cobain, who thus became so depressed that he found it necessary to suck on the barrel of a shotgun. No one who had ever listened to Seattle music was surprised in the least.
Steve formed a Grunge band because he had a huge guitar amp and the fashion sense of a hobo.

When I got a job, I returned all my Grunge clothes to the Salvation Army dumpster.

I have just listened to several hours of Grunge and am trying to decide whether to hurl myself off a skyscraper, shoot myself in the head, or overdose on heroin.
by Scorite June 15, 2006
The best music ever. Makes you feel good.

Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden Mudhoney, etc.

((Nirvana weren't Grunge, by the way. So Shut the fuck up you mainstreamer assholes.))
"Grunge was the best Music ever created"

"Nirvana were not Grunge"
by Nirvana AREN'T Grunge March 31, 2006

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