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GRUNGE MUSIC
-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 and Soundgarden

ETHICS
-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

ATTITUDE
-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 and Mudhoney first uses the word Grunge
1990 - Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone ODs on heroin
1991 - Nirvana releases Nevermind, which breaks grunge into the mainstream
1992 - Bands like Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and the Stone Temple Pilots gain popularity
1993 - Grunge starts to decline among long time fans due to the commercializing and exploitation by corperations and bands jumping onto the bandwagon
1994 - Kurt Cobain kills himself, gerorating major shockwaves around the world, another stab at grunge
1995 - Post-grunge bands like Live and Bush rise in popularity (a watered down form of grunge without the dirty guitars and distortion)
1997 - Soundgarden breaks up, grunge has lost its strangle-hold in the masses to pop princesses and boy bands
2000 - All good music dies and rap, pop, and poser-punk bands roam the earth
2002 - Nirvana tops charts with an unreleased new song; You Know Your Right
2002 - Layne Stayle ODs
2006 - Pearl Jam reminds people that they're still alive with a new album
Nirvana was not the frst grunge band, but they were the first grunge band to have mainstream success
by krtdive May 30, 2006
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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
Blood Circus
Devilhead
Dinosaur Jr.
Fire Ants
The Fluid
Gardener
Girl Trouble
Green River
Gruntruck
Hammerbox
Hater
Hole
L7
Love Battery
Lunachicks
Mad Season
Malfunkshun
The Melvins
The Monkeywrench
Mono Men
Mother Love Bone
Mudhoney
My Sister's Machine
Nirvana
The Nymphs
Paw
Pearl Jam
The Rockfords
Screaming Trees
Skin Yard
Solomon Grundy
Soundgarden
Stone Temple Pilots
Tad
Temple of the Dog
Treepeople
Truly
The U-Men
VALIS
Wellwater Conspiracy
Willard
by Rustyphuck August 17, 2006
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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.
by Whore-Bag July 11, 2006
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First of all, grunge is not a style. It is a genre of music that started in the late 80s. If you see a person wearing a Nirvana shirt with purple hair and Doc Martens, that does not make them "grunge". They may call themselves grunge but like I said it's not a fashion style. It is a music genre. Nirvana did not start grunge. There had been many bands before Nirvana that were grunge. Nirvana isn't the only mainstream grunge band either. Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, and many more bands are all grunge. There is no such thing as soft grunge. That has never existed and it never will. When people say "Grunge is dead," they don't know what they are talking about because there are bands out there that are grunge. So grunge is simply a music genre and nothing else.
Sarah: I'm grunge. I have pastel hair, Doc Martens, and a Nirvana tee shirt.

Max: No you're not. Grunge is not a style. It is a genre of music like Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.
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1. a genre of music originating in seattle that lasted from the late 80's to the mid 90's.

2. something almost nobody else on urbandictionary.com can correctly define.
Grunge: the big 4 ( the ones every grunge fan knows) Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam

Lesser knowns: Green River, Screaming Trees, Mudhoney, Tad.

bands that sound like grunge, but can't be since they aren't from seattle: smashing pumpkins, hole, sonic youth, candlebox

bands that are confused with grunge, but are actually post grunge: silverchair, everclear, foo fighters, stone temple pilots.

bands confused with grunge for reasons i cannot possibly understand: tool, nickelback, Neil Young, hinder.
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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.
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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..
by emily March 09, 2005
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