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Grunge Rock, also refered to as Seattle Sound, is a mix of hardcore punk rock, heavy metal, and indie rock. Often characterized by its heavily distorted electric guitars, and angst filled lyrics, Grunge rock was mainly sucessful in the early 1990's. In its early days, Grunge music was only developed in the Seattle area, giving it the name Seattle Sound. Grunge music officially became mainstream with the release of Nirvana's Nevermind. Once it went mainstream, bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden met huge success, earning Seattle the nickname of the new Liverpool" by Rolling Stone Magazine. Grunge started to decline when people realized that they didn't like how the lyrics of Grunge music were what they wanted to hear. With the disbanding of Nirvana in 1994, Grunge declined even further, with Pearl Jam being unable to play in the United states, due to their boycott of Ticketmaster venues, and the disbanding of Soundgarden. Now, some Grunge bands, mainly Pearl Jam, are still having success today. While it has mainly declined, Grunge music was very successful in the '90's.

 

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Key Bands:

  • Nirvana
  • Pearl Jam
  • Soundgarden
  • Alice in Chains
  • Stone Temple Pilots
Modified January 13, 2011 2:30PM