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noun.

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!
by BaconIndustry June 19, 2010
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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
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a word that people who knew nothing about nirvana (the ones with only nevermind and all they listen to is smells like teen spirit) labeled them although in interviews they said they did not think of themselves as grunge. the true "grungers" didnt think of themslelves as grunge either. just a label. they called themselves punk. hard to believe huh
Stupid Smells Like Teen Spirit Addicted Ritalin Crack ho: OH MY GOD GRUNGE IS NOT DEAD IT LIVES ON IN MY HEART (or some other emo shit)
by NaotaXL August 24, 2004
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Sure Nirvana were a Grunge band, but they were mainstream. Mainstream Grunge isn't real Grunge in my opinion. The Real Grunge bands were Mudhoney, Alice In Chains, Melvins, Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone, Screaming Trees, Green River, Malfunkshun etc.

Smashing Pumpkins, Jane's Addiction, and Sonic Youth, although great bands, were NOT Grunge.
If you want great Grunge rock listen to "Piece of Cake" by Mudhoney, "Houdini" by Melvins, and "Dirt" by Alice In Chains. And compare that to Nirvana's "Nevermind". Nevermind doesn't even come close.
by a real music enthusiast July 17, 2006
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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
by Viking territory May 03, 2013
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stupid label put by the media to describe an indescribable movement of music in the late '80s and early '90s. usually great sounding music that is messed up by idiots who try to make sense of it. NIRVANA is the greatest band ever.
1. Grunge is dead.
2. he's such a cob nobbler, he doesn't listen to grunge.
by Joe March 28, 2005
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a type of music that is somewhat dirty and garage like alice cooper but the best grunge band ever was nirvana
by dan re man July 14, 2003
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