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Grunge
Grunge music was a highly popular musical movement that emerged in the mid-1980s, particularly around the Seattle, WA area. Grunge draws influences from the hardcore punk movement of late 1970s, the DIY ethic of the indie rock scene, and the distortions and dynamics of heavy metal. It is heavily guitar-oriented, generally characterized by a distorted guitar sound, sharply contrasted dynamics, and apathetic or angst-infused lyrics. Many grunge artists were noted for their unkempt appearances during live performances (said music journalist Charles R. Cross, "Kurt Cobain was just too lazy to shampoo."). Most early grunge activity, such as that of Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney, was centered around Seattle independent record label Sub Pop. With the multiple successes of Nirvana's Nevermind, Pearl Jam's Ten, Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger, and Alice In Chains' Dirt, grunge and the Seattle music scene were thrust into the limelight. Grunge, however, began to fade by the mid-1990s, as post-grunge, and alternative rock in general, had overtaken grunge as the main rock format in America. By the end of the 1990s, most grunge artists had disbanded or changed their sound to a more mainstream alternative rock format.
Stylistic origins:
Indie Rock, Hardcore Punk, Alternative Rock, Heavy Metal
Subgenres:
Post-Grunge

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