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Twenty Plus Years Later and Grunge is Still Relevant

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Let me start by saying this post is totally biased. I love grunge. There’s no denying the impact the Seattle scene had on me in the days before it was mandatory that I have a comfortable place to watch sports in my living room.

I’ve been obsessed with music since I was a kid and I can’t remember a time in my life that I didn’t have a song in my head when I wasn’t actually listening to music. Tunes give me solace when I’m sad, energy when I’m beat and power when I feel weak.

As a little dude I remember being influenced by the older generation and in the 80’s I listened mostly to older rock and metal. Sure, I listened to some of the rock of the day but not a lot of it hit home so I looked elsewhere for music that connected with me.

So yeah, I had no problem when bands like Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Nirvana and Pearl Jam came along and laid waste to the hairspray and eyeliner generation.

The 90’s produced some of the coolest rock ever in my opinion. From the aforementioned bands to Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins and a bunch of other bands I’m too damn lazy to write about, it was a good time for rock. But let’s face it, grunge (and Seattle for that matter) will always be associated with the 90’s.

Here we are in 2013 and people are stoked to hear new music from that generation. We just got Soundgarden’s new album King Animal and Alice in Chains new disc The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here will drop in May, Mike McCready is pushing for a new Pearl Jam album this year and since Nirvana isn’t an option, I’m thankful Foo Fighters are back to work and there’s no denying Dave Grohl is one of, if not THE most important figure in rock today.

Nothing lasts forever but I’m glad these bands are still doing it…and doing it well.

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