Silver Supporting Member
Grunge made baby Jesus cry, killed guitar solos (that one makes no sense), caused cancer and nightmares.
The big difference between the emergence of punk and grunge what's that grunge was radio friendly and dominated the airwaves. Punk was much more of an underground scene. Being old enough to have experienced when grunge came out I can say that I have never seen a bigger change in radio overnight.I’m sure other people have said this before, but the emergence of Grunge was in many ways no different to the emergence of Punk. In the same way Prog Rock and Classic Rock had become lengthy and self indulgent, 80s Rock and Hair Metal was bombastic, mysoginistic and technically focused and excluded a lot of musos who couldn’t connect emotionally or musically with it. So if a DIY style of hard rock from the Pacific North West had not replaced it another musical movement would’ve.
Sad part is the “marketing/branding” IE hair and clothes, video filmmaking, did in band like Winger too. Plus Beavis & Butthead “Winger sucks.” Not a big Winger fan, but every member of that band is a monster player still - Reb Beach’s new instrumental guitar work is killer.You forgot to mention Winger. They were very popular right before grunge.
I've never seen bands have a quicker death then when grunge came out.
It was refreshing compared to silly bands like that.
Curious as to how some of you may have been impacted.
Starting with my arrival in L.A. in 1987, I played original music exclusively for the next 7 years, morphing from heavy metal in the late '80s to more alt-rock through the mid-'90s, playing all over the southwest. Lots of gigs, lots of fun, lots of great people and zero money. Then I entered the country cover scene and played tons of shows all over SoCal with a variety of established and pick-up bands. Lots of gigs, lots of fun and, for a change, a little bit of money.
At this same time, some of my friends back in the northeast U.S. were in cover bands, playing from Philly to Virginia and beyond and making a $#!+-ton of money, some more than others, but the cover band scene (so I'm told) was pretty massive thru the '90s.
Two different perspectives from the different coasts of America.