Meaning of Grunge

What is Grunge:

Grunge is a musical subgenre derived from alternative rock, whose name comes from the term grungy, a popular word used in the English language to say 'dirty'.

Grunge emerged in the late 1980s in Seattle, Washington, which is why it is also known as the "Seattle sound."

It has its roots in different musical genres, among which we can mention sludge metal, punk, hard rock, hardcore and noise rock.

It is characterized by the use of a guttural voice, repetitive melodies, the protagonism of the distorted guitar, the presence of a strong and marked drums and lyrics that express disappointment, frustration, sadness, depression and apathy.

Grunge music

Among its most prominent representatives are the group Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Green River, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, The Melvins and Mudhoney.

The first two were the protagonists of the launch stage of the genre in the radio media in the early 90s, at which time grunge reached its maximum international popularity.

Grunge as a musical genre had a very short path, because towards the end of the decade grunge began to decline.

One of the reasons was the many musical proposals that reacted against its aesthetics and spirit.

In addition, many grunge fans stop following the bands, as they went against what grunge proposed: never following trends, rejecting the purchase and marketing of products and trying as little as possible for appearance.

For this reason, very few bands managed to stay on their feet, like Pearl Jam, for example.

See also Punk.

Grunge like urban tribe

Grunge creates a subculture with specific traits, founded on the pessimistic ideological models of a generation affected by heroin and disgust with the consumer society.

In this way, he adopts a sloppy style and is characterized by the use of flannel shirts as clothing.

The suicide of Nirvana's vocal leader Kurt Cobain in 1994 would become one of the movement's most iconic myths.

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