2. something almost nobody else on urbandictionary.com can correctly define.
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.
Grungers are the most fuck-off hardcore rockers you'll find. Filthy, uncaring and quite often stoned, they have created some of the best music ever to grace Earth.
Some say Green River started this phenomina, but this is argued. And to be honest, I can't be fucked.
Nirvana weren't the only, nor the best, grunge band ever. They just brought it to the masses.
All you fuckers who are obsessed with Nirvana ought to give Mudhoney, Dinosaur Jr., Pixies, L7 and Temple of The Dog a listen.
I could go on.
But I don't wanna.
Nobby of minor but very talented band, Cosmic Creeper, made me fall in love with this genre. So like, give it a listen. And we'll play catch with some vibes.
Me: Like, FERRSURE MAYBE - FERRSURE NOT!
Nobby: DUDE. Your hairrrr...
Me: Yeahmann. Haven't washed it in weeks.
Nobby: Fuckin' sweet, man.
Another analogy associated with grunge music is a term known as "The Explosion of The Big Four". This described the sudden explosion of underground thrash/analytical-punk/metal music in the mainstream. The "Big Four" refers to the main bands that had caused grunge music to be such a success: Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.
Furthermore, the era in which grunge became popular had other causes as well. Most of the younger generations rebelled against parents and society, causing them to turn to music in which they could relate to, instead of the typical 1980's hair metal scene, which included artists such as Poison and Motley Crue, who typically wrote about unrealistic and uncreative occurrences that did not deeply impact society.
"F*ck it, let's Grunge it." Meaning, f*ck the other bullshit, let's get genuine about it and f*ck society.
"Better for Grunge to be dead, than be mainstream." Since grunge balanced with underground, many fans felt that the underground should never have mixed with the mainstream, due to the exploitation and abuse of being unique and different from the typical 1980's - 1990's pop sound.
emo fuck)like hell you are i like mainstreem music so give me some paper and your guitar so i can write about a girlfriend i never had.
SOUNDGARDEN, awesome hard rockin mothas
PEARL JAM- good ass band
NIRVANA- people need to stop downplaying nirvana, their not my favorite, but if you claim youve never tapped your foot when smells like teen spirit came on the radio your a downright liar
STP- is fuckin amazing nigs
IRON MAIDEN- for sure not grunge.... however IS the best band in the world.... UP THE FUCKING IRONS! HEAVY METAL LIVES
-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!