Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament spoke in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, and revealed how grunge scene was born in 90’s.
“I don’t even remember the word ‘grunge’ being used until, maybe, during Mudhoney stuff. And then obviously when Nirvana blew up and things started happening for us.
Then we all got lumped into grunge. But when I think of grunge, I do think of Green River, Mudhoney, Melvins. That, to me, seems like the right thing to call it.”
Bruce Fairweather added:
“The term meant nothing to us at the time. Especially when bands like Stone Temple Pilots came out. People were like, ‘They’re totally grunge.’ I’d say, ‘Huh. Alright.'”
Steve Turner chimed in:
“The term was already being used a little bit to describe dirty-sounding guitars. I think the first time I heard the term was to describe Johnny Burnette and the Rock N’ Roll Trio’s ‘Train Kept a Rollin’,’ which was considered the first use of fuzz-tone on a guitar, because there was a broken tube or something in the amp. To me, that’s grungy.”
I don’t mind being called grunge. With Mudhoney, I remember in 1995, everybody was so over the whole ‘grunge from Seattle’ thing. I was like, ‘Man, if anybody is grunge, we are.'”
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