KIM THAYIL ON THE MEANING OF GRUNGE: “IT’S JUST A CONVENIENT LABEL FOR RETAILERS”
Kim Thayil discussed the word Grunge in a new interview with TheAquarian.com: “Yeah, and I really wonder what grunge is. Is it “Rusty Cage” or “Black Hole Sun” or “Tears [To Forget]?” Mudhoney was probably the first band that got the grunge title, and Nirvana, they had this fuzzy, dirty thing. They were bands that were really good at what they [did]. But what do they mean when they say grunge? It’s just a convenient label for retailers.”
This is yet another reason we are going to change the name of the site. Many members of Grunge era bands hate the word. I don’t understand why though, there was obviously going to be a word needed to describe this era of music, if it wasn’t Grunge it’d be something else. At least it was a word that was actually coined by a musician, Mudhoney singer Mark Arm. Speaking of Mudhoney, the 25th anniversary of their formation was yesterday.