Monday, 31 January 2011
Friday, 21 January 2011
After discussing Grunge with the group, we raised many questions about what grunge is, is it still alive? and if so where ad who?
After taking all of this into consideration we have decided to focus on the 'faux grunge' style. This is basically what we have decided is people who dress what is classed as 'grunge' for fashion and not because they live the lifestyle of a stereotypical 'grunger'.
So what next? Well we plan to go around London in the next few weeks to photograph people who have that grunge style and ask them questions (without offending) about where they get there clothes from, what music they like and what they would describe there style as. This will then be documented on the blog.
We also plan on looking at celebrities and 'style icons' who have that grunge look. for example Kate Moss? The Olsen twins? and 'old time grungers' chrildren to see if they have picked up there parents grunger style.
Posted by BeccaGibson at 04:39
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Where Does Grunge Come From?
Grunge was born of the local Punk scene of the Pacific Northwest, most notably Seattle, Washington, in the late 1980s. It became popular following the success of the band Nirvana in 1991. At a time when Glam Rock and Hair Metal were popular nationally, a group of young Punk bands in Seattle began to experiment with an aesthetic that was less flamboyant. These musicians were influenced by a local band, The Melvins that played Heavy Metal with slower and heavier riffs. A local scene sprung up with this sound, as did the first Grunge record label, Sub Pop Records.
Who Played Grunge?
Originally, “Sub Pop” began to promote bands that shared a certain anti-glam aesthetic, often categorized by casual dress, ripped jeans, flannel jackets and an overall unkempt appearance and that played this new style of Punk/Metal. Early Grunge bands included the lesser-known Green River (whose lead-singer is credited with first using the term "Grunge"), Mudhoney and Mother Love Bone and the break-through acts Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam.
What Does Grunge Sound Like? :
The first generation of Grunge bands merged the heavy sonic intensity of Black Sabbath with the aggresive emotional swagger of Black Flag. Because of this mix of Punk and Metal roots, Grunge had a guitar-drenched sound; ample use of distortion, strong power chords and basic, melodic guitar solos were usually laid under simple, but tuneful, vocals. Always forceful in execution, always emotive in content, Grunge is often classified as a genre of Hard Rock.
Posted by BeccaGibson at 13:29