The IronHead Chronicles – Grundge and Grunge Light

Amazing what happens when you can’t sleep. Finished up the last episode of Metal Evolution on vh1 and I got to thinking alot about grunge and grunge light and does it fit into the scheme of metal. You can see some influences of metal in the music that grunge flirts with in the heavier  guitar styling and rhythms for example. The lyrics are very angst filled and also take a cue from motley crue in terms of drug inspired songs.  Grunge I think has more in common with hard rock than metal. Alice in chains and STP though are 2 bands that do bridge the gap in some ways. I would consider the track “Sex Type Thing”, a metal track. Tracks like plush carry the grunge hallmark. Man in the box is a song that oddly is both grunge and metal. Not alot bands could be the best of both worlds and manage to carry it over to mainstream play as well. Grunge was short lived however as it was one of the shortest lived musical movements our there.

Sadly we move into the later part of 90’s that birthed some of my least favorite bands ever. Creed is at the top of that list. Scott Stapp has to be one of the most pompous assholes walking the music scene. Dude comes out and starting saying everyone that hated his music secretly loved it and eventually would buy his albums. The only reason the grunge light movement had it’s success was it was safe commercial friendly crap. Nothing about grunge light says real music. I have to agree with the term imposter bands, because that’s all they were. Bands that were non confrontational and radio friendly, the musical version of John Cena, (ie; get’s shoved down the throats of everyone). The industry tries hard to snuff out the more underground genres that won’t make it money. That’s all it about is control and money. It’s why I don’t get along well with fans of pop music in general among other reasons.

Grunge light I could argue would be a precursor to the abomination known as emo. Another of those self centered creatively devoid  movements. The 90’s place in metal history is a turbulent one. Save for metallica and a handful of other metal bands, it nearly disappeared from the mainstream radar, possibly gone altogether. Lars once said it’s good be not fashionable because then it allows you to have longevity. In metal most bands have the choice of when they call it quits, not being forced to call it quits because your no longer profitable. Freedom in music means your not safe. It also means you are gonna be a target by the mainstream. One thing I’ve always believed is true art shouldn’t be safe. True art uses confrontation to make you think and feel things. Metal for me always  has always been a way to confront stress and vent. A way to feel empowered. Mainstream and puritanical thinking says that feeling self empowered is a bad thing.

Pop music will always have it’s shifts and bowel movements. Metal will always be metal. Grunge will be another foot note in pop culture. If freethinking and being empowered by my music keeps me in obscurity then I have no problem with that. There’s a fine community of metal fans out there that is doing just fine with out the creeds and nicklebacks of the world. Thanks for reading and see you next time.

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Nastrodamus
Boss of this place. Spelunker of these internet and cinema sewers. Professional pop culture shit detective. Leave your clown porn in the marked box and join me on a ride into the shit filled tunnels that are the Sewers of Horror. Stay frosty mother fuckers & fuck your triggers!!!

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