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Grunge is subgenre of alternative rock that emerged during mid - 1980s in American state of Washington, particularly in Seattle. Early Grunge Movement Revolved Around Seattle's Independent Record Label Sub Pop, But By Early 1990s Its Popularity Had Spread, With Grunge Acts In California And Other Parts Of US Building Strong Followings And Signing Major Record Deals. Inspire by hardcore punk and heavy metal, Grunge is characterized by heavily distorted electric guitars, contrasting song dynamics, growling vocals and apathetic or angst - fill lyrics. Grunge Aesthetic Is Strip - Down Compared With Other Forms Of Rock Music, And Many Grunge Musicians Were Noted For Their Unkempt Appearances And Rejection Of Theatrics. Grunge became commercially successful in first half of 1990s, due mainly to release of Nirvana's Nevermind, Pearl Jam's Ten, Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger, Alice in Chains Dirt, and Stone Temple Pilots Core. Success Of These Bands Boosted Popularity Of Alternative Rock And Made Grunge Most Popular Form Of Hard Rock Music At Time. Although most grunge bands had disbanded or faded from view by late 1990s, their influence continues to affect modern rock music. Often characterized by sludgy guitar sound that high level of distortion, fuzz and feedback effects, Grunge fuses elements of hardcore punk and heavy metal, although some bands perform with more emphasis on one or other. Music shares with raw sound and similar lyrical concerns. However, it also involves much slower tempos, dissonant harmonies, and more complex instrumentationawhich is reminiscent heavy metal. Lyrics are typically angst - fill, often addressing themes such as social apathy, confinement, and desire for freedom. Grunge bands made inroads into musical mainstream in late 1980s. Soundgarden was first Grunge band to sign to major label when they joined roster of & M Records in 1989. Number Of Factors Contributed To Grunge's Decline In Prominence. During mid - 1990s, many grunge bands broke up or became less visible. Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, labelled by Time as John Lennon of swinging Northwest, appeared unusually tortured by success and struggled with addiction to heroin before he committed suicide at age of 27 in 1994.

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