Grunge SpongeSubmitted by Tim Hardman on Wed, 03/02/2016 - 4:54pm
Grunge was something fierce in the 90’s, but the hype had to die at some point, which really sucks. It was invented -or created, or dug up, who really knows-in the mid 80’s because everyone in this country had problems then, but surprisingly in early 90’s, it sparked huge attention to bands like Nirvana or Sublime. It’s so weird because no one under the president had anything to complain about; mortgage was okay, the deficit was at a minimum and gas didn’t cost an arm/leg deposit. Maybe it was the freedom to speak out against the little things that bug us and are always there, yet we can’t truly do anything about it.
Grunge music started right out of Seattle, Washington; AKA: the largest concentrated white populace in the rainiest port city. With how rainy it is in Seattle, it’s completely understandable to assume Grunge was imagined to combat depressing songs and make an outcry for attention, or commitment, or reason; any of the above. Then in 1992, bands like Pearl Jam and Nirvana came along and changed the visions of grunge music. Not many can deny that Kurt Cobain is recognized as a life changing individual, even a god for some people, and with good reason. He revolutionized the grunge music scene and actually gave people hope or reason; Kurt presented a genuine passion for music and a story behind it. Kurt cults started popping up all around the country as Nirvana skyrocketed to the top of the best hits lists. His songs, personally, speak to me and I hear it; I listen. I listen most because he speaks with purpose, every word has honest tone and he puts his heart.
Kurt Cobain almost entirely created the look and mannerisms of the grunge generation. On many occasions, he would become overwhelmed on stage and lash out on guitars and audience members that drunkenly got in the way. His actions were taken as rebellious and questionable, when he just needed a release from such a skyrocketing career and social pressure. For God’s sake, the song ‘Smells like Teen Spirit’ was inspired by his then girlfriend’s deodorant. People often call him a Satanist because of his questionable songs and absurd lyrics, which could allude to his strong passion for music. Each note was scripture, not only to him but for others, to follow.
It’s practically biblical how legendary these bands were and now, most have been decimated to little more than memory. But how bad was it? People describe the grunge era as being grimy and sometimes unsavory to witness, so maybe it was times way of cleansing little things in the world. The era did not lose its vibe or its livelihood after it went off the radar, in fact, the cult following that the genre has received almost amounts to how much attention Nirvana itself got. Conformity, ironically, led to the best exposure grunge could ask for: A deep, spiritual following from the underdogs of society. What more could a genre of troubled love ask for?