What is Grunge?

Grunge Records

Grunge music starts with Dylan, the Velvet Underground, etc… then becomes John Lennon, Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band; then the Stooges, Modern Lovers, etc… through 1977 Punk; which is the Sex Pistols, Wire, the Talking Heads, etc…

Post-Punk is early Cheap Trick, U2, etc…existing in the mainstream; and the Minutemen, Sonic Youth, etc…existing underground until REM, Nirvana, etc. brought it mainstream; it continues through Hole, Bikini Kill, PJ Harvey, etc…and never dies.

Post-punk reclaims Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, etc.. and all the greatest Classic-Rock artists back to Elvis Presley.

Grunge claims Prince, Madonna, Gloria Estefan, etc… as great Contemporary Pop music cross-over artists.

Grunge claims post-Classic Heavy Metal artists such as Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Guns N Roses, etc…through to Metallica, Soundgarden, etc… and it never ends.

In Grunge, it is the courage to deliver bold new ideas, that binds.

Grunge claims Fripp, Eno, and all the other pioneering Electronic artists up to today.

Jazz & Rap are understood & appreciated, as African-American versions of Grunge.

Grunge in Jazz starts with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, etc…and never ends.

Grunge reclaims Jazz’s roots in traditional Ragtime, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, etc.

Rap has roots in Punk & Disco.

This allows Disco final redemption from Punk, for its vapid nature.

Rap starts in NYC with Sugarhill Records, Afrika Bambaataa, etc…was at its creative peak when its greatest artists conquered the world; Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, etc…and it never ends.

Black Grunge is originally defined as American Blues; Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, etc…through to the Rolling Stones.

Soul; James Brown, Otis Redding, etc… becomes the new Black Grunge.

In Rock, Black Grunge is originally Fats Domino, Check Berry, etc… through Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, P-Funk, etc…and it never ends.

Great Motown artists; Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, etc… are reclaimed.

American Country Music is Gospel in origin, making much of it the antithesis of Grunge; yet Country Outlaws such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, etc…through Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, etc… are reclaimed as Grunge.

Folk Music artists; Jimmie Rogers, Woody Guthrie, etc… to Bob Dylan & the Beatles are defined as early White Grunge.

Early Country Gospel & Bluegrass Music artists; the Carter Family, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, etc… are reclaimed because they are great artists.

Reggae’s velvet knife; Bob Marley & the Wailers, Burning Spear, etc… crosses-over & becomes the Third World’s version of Grunge.

Fela Kuti’s Nigerian Afro-Beat literally opens up a whole new World (of) Music, infinite in richness & supply.

It’s all in there, if you listen.


      1. Tip of the Cap - Ric Size

Tip of the Cap

TomP: percussion & production
Craig Roy: bass
Bill Pelick: lead guitar
RS: gtr & vocal