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13th Jun '16 9:23:28 AM HasturHasturHastur
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The music itself could be described as a strange combination of [[DoomMetal sludge metal]] and AlternativeRock with even more influences from HardcorePunk (Music/BlackFlag's sludgier, slower material from 1984 on was frequently cited as an influence). The guitars have heavy distortion and plenty of feedback (usually), songs often consist of both loud and soft sections, and the lyrics are often pretty personal, influencing lots of more [[{{Wangst}} angsty]] genres such as NuMetal and [[Music/{{Emo}} modern emo bands]]. The vocals range from PerishingAltRockVoice to {{Yarling}}, and all stops in between. However, these were among the few traits that most of the acts had in common; while Nirvana, Melvins, Mudhoney, and Tad could certainly be said to have lived up to most of those supposed hallmarks, they had little to do with Pearl Jam's arena rock stylings, Alice in Chains' dark, dirty, glam-tinged dirges, Soundgarden's mix of 70s hard rock spectacle with the grit and fuck-you attitude of noise rock, and Screaming Trees' psychedelic leanings. In short, while there was something resembling a basic skeleton of grunge, there wasn't really anything resembling a codified style and the bands that did sound alike often did so out of coincidence or common influences.

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The music itself could be described as a strange combination of [[DoomMetal sludge metal]] and AlternativeRock with even more influences from HardcorePunk (Music/BlackFlag's sludgier, slower material from 1984 on was frequently cited as an influence). The guitars have heavy distortion and plenty of feedback (usually), songs often consist of both loud and soft sections, and the lyrics are often pretty personal, influencing lots of more [[{{Wangst}} angsty]] genres such as NuMetal and [[Music/{{Emo}} modern emo bands]]. The vocals range from PerishingAltRockVoice to {{Yarling}}, and all stops in between. However, these were among the few traits that most of the acts had in common; while Nirvana, Melvins, Mudhoney, and Tad could certainly be said to have lived up to most of those supposed hallmarks, they had little to do with Pearl Jam's arena rock stylings, Alice in Chains' dark, dirty, glam-tinged dirges, Soundgarden's mix of 70s hard rock spectacle with the grit and fuck-you attitude of noise rock, Mother Love Bone's sleazy, punkish blues rock, and Screaming Trees' psychedelic leanings. In short, while there was something resembling a basic skeleton of grunge, there wasn't really anything resembling a codified style and the bands that did sound alike often did so out of coincidence or common influences.
13th Jun '16 9:22:24 AM HasturHasturHastur
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Grunge itself is widely believed to have started in UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}, and is sometimes referred to as "the Seattle sound" by nobody in particular, even though some bands weren't actually ''from'' there. Grunge was created by two groups -- Malfunkshun and Green River -- and started off underground, which was the philosophy of the music. As a backlash against HairMetal, which was big at the time ([[TheEighties the mid-'80s]]), Grunge artists didn't care much for theatrics or their appearance, resulting in that trademark messy look characterized by flannel shirts.

The music itself could be described as a strange combination of [[DoomMetal sludge metal]] and AlternativeRock with even more influences from HardcorePunk (Music/BlackFlag's sludgier, slower material from 1984 on was frequently cited as an influence). The guitars have heavy distortion and plenty of feedback (usually), songs often consist of both loud and soft sections, and the lyrics are often pretty personal, influencing lots of more [[{{Wangst}} angsty]] genres such as NuMetal and [[Music/{{Emo}} modern emo bands]]. The vocals range from PerishingAltRockVoice to {{Yarling}}, and all stops in between.

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Grunge itself is widely believed to have started in UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}, and is sometimes referred to as "the Seattle sound" by nobody in particular, even though some bands weren't actually ''from'' there. Grunge was created by two groups -- Malfunkshun and Green River -- and started off underground, which was the philosophy of the music. As a backlash against HairMetal, which was big at the time ([[TheEighties the mid-'80s]]), Grunge artists didn't care much for theatrics or their appearance, resulting in that trademark messy look characterized by flannel shirts.

shirts (though several prominent acts, namely Music/AliceInChains and Mother Love Bone, started out as glam acts; the former later cast off all traces aside from a noticeable metallic edge, while the latter never really dropped it and was still not a million miles from something like Cinderella or Love/Hate when ''Apple'' posthumously dropped).

The music itself could be described as a strange combination of [[DoomMetal sludge metal]] and AlternativeRock with even more influences from HardcorePunk (Music/BlackFlag's sludgier, slower material from 1984 on was frequently cited as an influence). The guitars have heavy distortion and plenty of feedback (usually), songs often consist of both loud and soft sections, and the lyrics are often pretty personal, influencing lots of more [[{{Wangst}} angsty]] genres such as NuMetal and [[Music/{{Emo}} modern emo bands]]. The vocals range from PerishingAltRockVoice to {{Yarling}}, and all stops in between.
between. However, these were among the few traits that most of the acts had in common; while Nirvana, Melvins, Mudhoney, and Tad could certainly be said to have lived up to most of those supposed hallmarks, they had little to do with Pearl Jam's arena rock stylings, Alice in Chains' dark, dirty, glam-tinged dirges, Soundgarden's mix of 70s hard rock spectacle with the grit and fuck-you attitude of noise rock, and Screaming Trees' psychedelic leanings. In short, while there was something resembling a basic skeleton of grunge, there wasn't really anything resembling a codified style and the bands that did sound alike often did so out of coincidence or common influences.
5th May '16 6:53:28 PM aye_amber
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Nirvana, a UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} (by way of Aberdeen and Olympia) Grunge band fronted by Kurt Cobain, unexpectedly made it big [[TheNineties in 1991]] with their album ''Music/{{Nevermind}}'', containing the famed hit single "Smells Like Teen Spirit", which, in typical "most famous song" fashion, was [[BlackSheepHit shunned by Cobain]]. With Nirvana's success, other grunge bands, such as Music/PearlJam, Music/{{Soundgarden}} and Music/AliceInChains, also made it pretty big, and less-popular groups (namely Music/{{Mudhoney}}, Music/{{Melvins}}, Screaming Trees, and Tad) also had their moments in the mainstream spotlight. Against their will. As for punk before it, being big and famous went against Grunge's philosophy, and many of the bands tried to avoid fame. Cobain himself was pretty depressed over this, as well as many other things, including his heroin addiction. This whole depression thing culminated in Cobain's shotgun suicide in 1994 (although some {{conspiracy theorist}}s still maintain that he was murdered).

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Nirvana, a UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} (by way of Aberdeen and Olympia) Grunge band fronted by Kurt Cobain, unexpectedly made it big [[TheNineties in 1991]] with their album ''Music/{{Nevermind}}'', containing the famed hit single "Smells Like Teen Spirit", which, in typical "most famous song" fashion, was [[BlackSheepHit shunned by Cobain]]. With Nirvana's success, other grunge bands, such as Music/PearlJam, Music/{{Soundgarden}} and Music/AliceInChains, also made it pretty big, and less-popular groups (namely Music/{{Mudhoney}}, Music/{{Melvins}}, Screaming Trees, and Tad) ''Tad'') also had their moments in the mainstream spotlight. Against their will. As for punk before it, being big and famous went against Grunge's philosophy, and many of the bands tried to avoid fame. Cobain himself was pretty depressed over this, as well as many other things, including his heroin addiction. This whole depression thing culminated in Cobain's shotgun suicide in 1994 (although some {{conspiracy theorist}}s still maintain that he was murdered).



* Music/{{Tad}} (probably the heaviest example aside from Alice in Chains and Soundgarden)

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* Music/{{Tad}} (probably ''Tad'' (Probably the heaviest example aside from Alice in Chains and Soundgarden)
17th Apr '16 1:57:36 PM aye_amber
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7th Feb '16 7:41:09 PM nombretomado
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** ''Music/TenAlbum'' (1991)

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** ''Music/TenAlbum'' ''{{Music/Ten}}'' (1991)
4th Feb '16 7:13:24 PM Hossmeister
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** ''Music/{{Ten}}'' (1991)

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** ''Music/{{Ten}}'' ''Music/TenAlbum'' (1991)
4th Feb '16 2:36:17 PM Hossmeister
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* Music/ThePixies (They are more associated with {{Alternative Rock}}, but them and Green River were probably the first bands to play this style, as well as being a huge influence on the other bands; Cobain often said that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" sounded like a Pixies ripoff, specifically their song "Debaser").

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* Music/ThePixies (They [[note]]They are more associated with {{Alternative Rock}}, but them they and Green River were probably the first bands to play this style, as well as being a huge influence on the other bands; Cobain often said that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" sounded like a Pixies ripoff, specifically their song "Debaser")."Debaser"[[/note]]
** 1988 - ''Music/SurferRosa''
** 1989 - ''Music/{{Doolittle}}''
4th Feb '16 2:34:55 PM Hossmeister
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** ''Music/{{Ten}}'' (1991)
29th Jan '16 5:08:16 AM HasturHasturHastur
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Nirvana, a UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} (by way of Aberdeen and Olympia) Grunge band fronted by Kurt Cobain, unexpectedly made it big [[TheNineties in 1991]] with their album ''Music/{{Nevermind}}'', containing the famed hit single "Smells Like Teen Spirit", which, in typical "most famous song" fashion, was [[BlackSheepHit shunned by Cobain]]. With Nirvana's success, other grunge bands, such as Music/PearlJam, Music/{{Soundgarden}} and Music/AliceInChains, also made it pretty big. Against their will. As for punk before it, being big and famous went against Grunge's philosophy, and many of the bands tried to avoid fame. Cobain himself was pretty depressed over this, as well as many other things, including his heroin addiction. This whole depression thing culminated in Cobain's shotgun suicide in 1994 (although some {{conspiracy theorist}}s still maintain that he was murdered).

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Nirvana, a UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} (by way of Aberdeen and Olympia) Grunge band fronted by Kurt Cobain, unexpectedly made it big [[TheNineties in 1991]] with their album ''Music/{{Nevermind}}'', containing the famed hit single "Smells Like Teen Spirit", which, in typical "most famous song" fashion, was [[BlackSheepHit shunned by Cobain]]. With Nirvana's success, other grunge bands, such as Music/PearlJam, Music/{{Soundgarden}} and Music/AliceInChains, also made it pretty big.big, and less-popular groups (namely Music/{{Mudhoney}}, Music/{{Melvins}}, Screaming Trees, and Tad) also had their moments in the mainstream spotlight. Against their will. As for punk before it, being big and famous went against Grunge's philosophy, and many of the bands tried to avoid fame. Cobain himself was pretty depressed over this, as well as many other things, including his heroin addiction. This whole depression thing culminated in Cobain's shotgun suicide in 1994 (although some {{conspiracy theorist}}s still maintain that he was murdered).



* Music/MotherLoveBone (Cut short by the lead singer's [[AuthorExistenceFailure sudden death from heroin overdose]], two of its members went on to form PearlJam)

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* Music/MotherLoveBone (Cut short by the lead singer's [[AuthorExistenceFailure sudden death from heroin overdose]], two of its members went on to form PearlJam)PearlJam. Like Alice in Chains, they were also associated with HairMetal.)
28th Jan '16 10:15:20 AM Gideoncrawle
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->"''I'm taking our music to the next level - Guitar Rock Utilizing Nihilist [[RecursiveAcronym Grunge]] Energy - or, as I call it, '''[[FunWithAcronyms GRUNGE]]!'''"''

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->"''I'm taking our music to the next level - Guitar Rock Utilizing Nihilist [[RecursiveAcronym Grunge]] Grunge Energy - or, as I call it, '''[[FunWithAcronyms GRUNGE]]!'''"'''''GRUNGE!'''"''
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