I’ve decided that I will keep the name GrungeReport.net, but cover additional bands like I previously announced. The change will happen sometime soon, I’m not going to announce a specific date though. Way sooner than the previous timeframe I had talked about though, since we are keeping the name. A new layout though may take a few months. I asked fans on Twitter last night and they overwhelmingly thought this was the right decision, rather than changing the name. Honestly, what the fuck does the word Grunge mean anyways? Most of the bands I cover on this site don’t seem to give a shit about the word or what it means, so why should I? Rather than GrungeReport.net just covering the Seattle Grunge bands (and STP/Smashing Pumpkins), we will now focus on 90’s Alternative Rock/the Grunge era in general. A ‘Seattle Bands’ subcategory/section will be created so if people just want to just see news on those bands and avoid all other stories, they can bookmark that section. I will continue to report on interviews/setlists/videos from the bands we currently cover like Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. I’ll be able to cut down on filler stories though like pictures of Mike McCready on vacation. The Grunge bands will remain the heart of the site, while the bands we’re adding on will be to help compliment them. With the bands we’re adding you won’t see as much detailed coverage as bands currently covered, but more so general stories.
The following 8 bands will definitely be covered. While many of them don’t necessarily have the same sound as the bands currently covered, many of these bands helped break open the doors for 90’s alternative rock scene and had the same rebellious spirit. I looked at a lot of Lollapalooza lineups as well to help my decision.
Definitely will be covered: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction, Tool, Nine Inch Nails, Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., Faith No More, and Rage Against The Machine. These bands will be covered in addition to bands already covered like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Foo Fighters, Mark Lanegan, Smashing Pumpkins, Mudhoney, and Hole.
These bands listed below I’m a bit more on the fence about. Queens of the Stone Age are a likely yes due to Josh Homme’s connections with Dave Grohl and the Screaming Trees. I’m thinking maybe cover some of the Kyuss Lives lawsuit stories as well. Garbage have a connection to the bands already covered through Butch Vig. Filter I’m not sure about, they came out kind of late and don’t have as many connections but they definitely have that angsty sound.
Bands that formed later that I’m on the fence about but leaning towards: Garbage, Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss Lives, Filter
These bands here are either looked at as rip-offs, bands that were inspired by Grunge, or coattail riders. Bands like Local H and the Toadies are looked at in a more positive light from what I can tell. Bush and Collective Soul in particular are quite polarizing. Out of the list Bush are the most relevant currently, and personally I’m the biggest fan of theirs out of everyone on the list below. They definitely ripped off the Grunge sound, but god dammit they did it right to me and nailed it, unlike Puddle of Mudd and Seether.
Post Grunge bands that I’m on the fence about: Collective Soul, Bush, Candlebox, Local H, Toadies, Live
Sonic Youth, Blind Melon, and Pavement are bands I would cover but they’re all currently either broken up or on indefinite hiatus.
Radiohead I thought about, but am currently leaning against. If they ever start using guitars again and get off their hipster kick, I’ll definitely cover them. I thought about Green Day too since they came out in the mid 90’s, but I think there might be too much backlash because of their 2000’s output and their sound has always been a bit more on the fun side.