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
a type of music that is somewhat dirty and garage like alice cooper but the best grunge band ever was nirvana
oh man nirvana was great
by dan re man July 14, 2003
A type of music scence originated in Seatle sparked off into the mainstreem by a little band named Nirvana. A cross between Punk, Rock, little of Metal, but mostely early Punk and other shit. Good stuff.
Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, ect. ect.
by Matt Pinto March 15, 2003
A sub-genre of Rock 'N' Roll, which is a cross between two of the sub-genres Punk and Metal.
Rock: Grunge.
Nirvana.
by Beadle September 26, 2003
In the tradistion of "Rastafarian" grunge describes an immage, attitude and genre of music. The apperance was mainly modled on the man dubbed "The generation's spokesman" Kurt Cobain, and featured flannel shirts, torn jeans, converse trainers and baggy sweaters. The music was very toned-down/ volume-up version of punk, but where punk was angry, grunge was disilusioned & generally dissatisfied escape to moan at the world.
Begun in seatle (Mainly by Kurt Cobain and the record-label "Sub-Pop") in the early 90's and often called "Generaation-X" grunge was the last pure genre of music we had.
GRUNGE is dead....long live grunge
by Cobain's DIsease September 18, 2003
A genre of music that was a watered down version of punk rock. Due to radio and MTV this is what was pushed in the early 1990's to be the music of a new generation. It is characterised mostly by its lack of talent and whiny lyrics. The fashion that it inspired basically turned all kids in the 90's into Shaggy from Scooby Doo. Mid length dirty hair and flannel, at least it was easy. In the words of Andrew Dice Clay's character Ford Fairlane, "You're raping rock and killing roll!". That about sums it up. A few words to describe Grunge would be repetitve, somber, whiny, unmusical, lame, sad, boring and garbage. The main culprit in the Grunge Movement, aka Bowel Movement, would be Nirvana.
Grunge music is helpful if you need inspiration to puke something up. Grunge, the next elevator music. I just dropped some grunge in the toilet.
by TheDudeRules December 06, 2011
"Grunge is not flannel. Grunge is not long hair. Grunge is not Alice In Chains and whatever. I think Grunge is just a bunch of friends drinking a lot of Henry's and trying to play music when you really can't." --Dave Grohl
Nirvana is grunge. They try to play music when they really can't. Alice in Chains is not grunge. They try to play music when they really can.
by Dave B333 March 05, 2006

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