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Though I believe Nirvana was better and more important, I would have to go with Alice in Chains-Would? I first heard it on the Singles soundtrack (great collection of songs). The ending of the song still gives me chills. Staley's vocal is incredible. What's your favorite?
 
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Zombie is definitely a grunge song, even if you couldn't classify the Cranberries as a "grunge band" Listen to the guitar, and tell me that doesn't sound like something Cobain would write.
I think Zombie is awesome, but when I hear the bass line, I hear "What do you do with a drunken sailor?". Doesn't ruin the song for me, I just can't unhear it. lol
 

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I always favored this one:


I always thought that STP's Plush was a rip of this song, just slowed down a slight variation of the chord progression.

Honestly can't listen to Smells Like Teen Spirit anymore. Also it was somewhat of a rip of Boston's "More Than A Feeling", but probably only subconscioulsy.
I respectfully disagree. The chords, chords/picking progressions and song structures are markedly different. As they do with so many different songs some of the chords may be the same but that is pretty much where it ends.

A lot of folks hate to hear this, especially Nirvana fans, but STP's music was far more complex than Nirvana's for the most part. Not saying it was better as that is purely subjective/personal judgement but there was more going on instrumentally in most of the STP songs....
 

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Grunge music in general is pretty simplified music wise. At the time that's one of the reasons I didn't like it. We went from having all these amazing guitar songs to grunge with simple chords and no solo. I learned to like it but at the time it was a huge let down. The 80's were a progression from the 70's guys guitar wise then there was a regression going into the 90's. There are some good guitarists spattered in there but the music itself didn't really show that.
 

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Grunge music in general is pretty simplified music wise. At the time that's one of the reasons I didn't like it. We went from having all these amazing guitar songs to grunge with simple chords and no solo. I learned to like it but at the time it was a huge let down. The 80's were a progression from the 70's guys guitar wise then there was a regression going into the 90's. There are some good guitarists spattered in there but the music itself didn't really show that.
I could type pages on the downfall of music from my view point. But all instruments (including guitar) took a back seat to image and look after MTV launched.

I also truly believed SRV's untimely death vanquished what would have been a lot of blues inspired youngsters

That said, a lot of the great players are still alive and making good music (Steve Morse, Derek Trucks, Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin to name a few)....
 
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Grunge music in general is pretty simplified music wise. At the time that's one of the reasons I didn't like it. We went from having all these amazing guitar songs to grunge with simple chords and no solo. I learned to like it but at the time it was a huge let down. The 80's were a progression from the 70's guys guitar wise then there was a regression going into the 90's. There are some good guitarists spattered in there but the music itself didn't really show that.
I didn't care for the "Hair Bands" much. Not all (for instance,I thought Slash was unique) , but many of the guitarists at that time were just trying to copy Eddie Van Halen. Man, the first time I heard Eruption, it blew my mind.
 

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I didn't care for the "Hair Bands" much. Not all (for instance,I thought Slash was unique) , but many of the guitarists at that time were just trying to copy Eddie Van Halen. Man, the first time I heard Eruption, it blew my mind.
I think you had guys that definitely had his style but you have that from all great guitarists. Vito Bratta comes to mind...he used alot of tapping but he was still amazing. Others though were good in their own right. The guys from Tesla were underrated....both were really good. Mick Mars, satriani, vai, malmsteen, ECT ECT. Those guys didn't have his same style but all could throw the guitar around nicely. I grew up on that stuff and Metallica. Youth determines your tastes quite a bit. These days I listen to a huge spectrum of music but I still miss those days of really cool guitar licks. There's a few bands that still do it. I just got turned onto Greta van fleet that sounds slot like zepplin but pretty cool music either way.
 

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I could type pages on the downfall of music from my view point. But all instruments (including guitar) took a back seat to image and look after MTV launched.

I also truly believed SRV's untimely death vanquished what would have been a lot of blues inspired youngsters

That said, a lot of the great players are still alive and making good music (Steve Morse, Derek Trucks, Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin to name a few)....
Interestingly enough, these guys were less interested in their image, vs being artistic.

You can't say Nirvana or AiC were begging for the Camera like David Lee Roth.
 

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Zombie is definitely a grunge song, even if you couldn't classify the Cranberries as a "grunge band" Listen to the guitar, and tell me that doesn't sound like something Cobain would write.
My main point of contention is that it's not about angst.. it's about actual outrage at the horrors of years of terrorist / war activity.

But, otherwise, not really enough to argue.

There's no need to argue ;)
 

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I'm not picking a best grunge song ever b/c there are too many good ones to choose from, but I always felt this AIC song was so underrated...

 

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not sure how you would classify this, but it always comes to mind for me when discussing this era


in fact, it reminds me of the bridge between 80s rock and 90s grunge, like videos between Talking Heads' "Once in a Lifetime" and any of the videos posted so far
 

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not sure how you would classify this, but it always comes to mind for me when discussing this era


in fact, it reminds me of the bridge between 80s rock and 90s grunge, like videos between Talking Heads' "Once in a Lifetime" and any of the videos posted so far
Great song. Also, Industrial was breaking out around the same time, Ministry being my favorite over NIN...

 
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Another poster and I were talking Smashing Pumpkins earlier in the thread and I mentioned a little known song by them that I thought was one of the saddest songs I've ever heard. I found it on youtube set to anime. Just thought I'd share if anyone is interested.
 

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Another poster and I were talking Smashing Pumpkins earlier in the thread and I mentioned a little known song by them that I thought was one of the saddest songs I've ever heard. I found it on youtube set to anime. Just thought I'd share if anyone is interested.
Have you had a chance to listen to Gish? By far Smashing Pumpkins' best album.

 

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