Seattle Sound

Grunge is a genre that arose in Seattle in the 1980s, and it is considered to be a sub-genre of alternative rock.  In the early to mid-90s, grunge took over the airwaves.  Grunge music fuses elements of hard rock, punk rock, and metal, and it has been described as the intersection between punk rock and heavy metal.  Grunge often uses electronic elements and musical distortion and the lyrics tend to be deep, heartfelt, poignant, angsty, or introspective.  The Grunge music genre was part of the wider counterculture movement that rejected traditional labels and expectations.  Famous grunge bands include Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Mudhoney, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains.  The term grunge was first used to describe the murky-guitar bands notably Nirvana and Pearl Jam.  As grunge became an international fad, and American department stores soon had sections of grunge clothing knockoffs of the flannel shirts, thermal underwear, combat boots, and stocking hats favored by Seattle bands and their fans.  Eventually, grunge faded, and this was partly because of the death of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain in 1994, who had become the genre’s spokesman.

Last week we had Appalachian Mountain Music where the theme was to find Bluegrass songs.  This week the theme is to find Grunge songs.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you can as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the theme, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

• Try to use the prompt words or at least conform to a general theme, as you see it.  If the song you select does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• It would be good if you could post the lyrics to the song of your choice, as this is helpful for the people that want to follow along with the music.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due. It would also be a good idea to give credit to the singer and the band associated with your song.
• Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be, but please try not to include too many videos as that just makes it take longer to look at all of the other posts.
• Link to the YouTube video, or you can pull it into your post, so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

This week I will be writing about the Stone Temple Pilots song ‘Vasoline’, and next week, I will be writing about the song ‘Blister in the Sun’ by Violent Femmes.  The upcoming prompts will be:
April 2, 2023 – Alternative Rock outside the mainstream
April 9, 2023 – Soul Music
April 16, 2023 – Funk
April 23, 2023 – Reggae music

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