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Grunge: What It Is and Why I Like It

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Grunge was the first music I ever really got into.  I could relate to it.  It was the music of my generation and it summed up how I was feeling, what I was thinking and what I was doing…or not doing, you might say.

To me, Grunge was kind of like the hippy movement, revisited in a way.  The dirty guitar and distorted sounds of Grunge tells the tale of “Generation X”, unsettled and rebellious.  I dressed the part with holey jeans and clothes that looked like they hadn’t been washed in a week.  It didn’t matter.  I wasn’t going to be doing anything or going anywhere anyway.  That was part of the deal too.  I was totally unmotivated, except for getting down with my Grunge music, that is.

Times have changed a bit.  I finally got up off my butt and went to school, got a job and grew up some.  But I never have outgrown Grunge.  I probably never will.

Nirvana is King of Grunge as far as I’m concerned.  Love the way they put their own touch to the movement and made it their own.  To me, that’s what it’s all about.

Soundgarden is another favorite.  They were and still are the Seattle sound.  Nirvana somewhat stole the show when they came onboard but they have an undeniable presence too.  “Black Hole Sun” is their best song in my opinion but “Outshined” was a good one too.  I think “Outshined” summed up the way Nirvana did exactly that, outshined them.  Their crisp sound with awesome range set them apart though and the fact that they broke up and got back together showed they really were about giving fans what they wanted.

Pearl Jam, Green Day, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains…I could go on and on about the Grunge groups I grew up with.  They understood my lost generation and in some weird way, I think they helped us find ourselves in the darkness or at least kept us entertained through it all.

Looking back, Grunge music was something we could hold on to.  Lots of it, especially Nirvana tunes, were about despair and depression but that was where we were.  Happily, the bands have progressed to a more upbeat message, or maybe it’s just me.

Some Grunge has weathered the storm right along with us.  Green Day is one.  They just came out with a new album, “Demolicious”.  Love the acoustics of “Stay the Night” in Billie Joe Armstrong’s solo performance on the record.  Some of the content is the old stuff and some has progressed but Green Day has been around since I can remember so they’ve been like a rock for me, I guess.

Grunge and alternative music defines who I am now and who I used to be.  It was there with me when I was nobody doing nothing.  At that time, the most passionate I got about anything was when it came to my music.  But, at least something made me come alive.  I have grown up a lot as many of my generation have.  Still, I like to go back to the glory days where everything was dirty from our clothes and hair right down to the music we listened to.  I wouldn’t trade those days, nor the music, for anything.   They helped make me who I am today.

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