One of the comments below Gibson’s 10 Great Grunge Bands article says it best: I miss hearing snarling guitars and adult subject matter on the radio.
Grunge was the last great innovation of the rock ‘n’ roll era. A refreshing kick in the pants to self-indulgent 80’s hair metal, a rude finger to the fashion driven synth pop Kool-Aid that was dominating the airwaves, grunge reminded us that rock ‘n’ roll is punk.
The guitar playing was perhaps not as noteworthy as that served up by the guitar gods of the 60’s and 70’s, and the lyrics were a tad on the angry side, but even old fogey’s in their forties like me got it.
An all too brief revitalization, though. Before long the corporate pop machine had driven us back to its predictable formula of catchy but forgettable nonsense.
The next wave is overdue. Hey, you snarling guitarists! Pick up the torch!