Back in the early 90's, Seattle was booming with "grunge" bands; Nirvana,
Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains...it seemed as though those dorky
flannels you always saw at the Salvation Army were making a comeback. Yes,
these were the Years of the Grunge. No one knows how the term got started.
Most likely it was just another term used by a journalist that somehow caught
on. "Grunge", in the fashion sense consisted of flannels, ripped jeans, and
clunky work boots. Not to mention long hair and a bad 'tude. "Grunge" in the
musical sense was composed of dropped "D" tunings and dark, honest lyrics.
This appealed to the masses, and it became the hype of the decade.
So here it is, 1998. Soundgarden called it quits and Nirvana collapsed after
the tragic death of Kurt Cobain. It seems as though "grunge" is dead. Not
quite. Dave Grohl (former Nirvana drummer) came back with a blast with his
side-project-gone-right, Foo Fighters. Pearl Jam released "Yield", which has
gotten rave reviews and revived their fan base. Chris Cornell is working on
his solo project, and Jerry Cantrell (guitarist for Alice In Chains) has
released his first solo album, "Boggy Depot". And there's a whole slew of
bands that carry the same "grunge" sound, including Days of the New and Creed.
So is "grunge" dead? I don't think so. I definitely think the hype has died
down (and Seattle is rejoicing that). But the same spirit that enhanced the
whole "grunge" ideal is still going strong.
The Head Creep.
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