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Grunge Music

written by: Gilligan
 
It was the early nineties and hair bands like Warrant and Winger were falling out of favor. A new brand of music was blowing in from the Northwest. The guitars were distorted, the music was sarcastic, self-deprecating and anything but glamorous. Poison and White Lion were finished, and now grunge reigned supreme. Here's an audio quiz on those bands that dominated these few memorable years of rock history.

Question 1:

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This group's incredible song "Would?" was featured in the Cameron Crowe film Singles (1992). Other songs by this band include: "Rooster" and "Them Bones".
Alice in Chains
Pearl Jam
Mudhoney
Primus


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Question 2:

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From the ashes of the Seattle band, Mother Love Bone, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament formed this pioneering group which recorded the album, Ten.
Pearl Jam
Stone Temple Pilots
Temple of the Dog
Alice in Chains


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Question 3:

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This band recorded what has been called the "anthem for generation X". Other songs by this Seattle band include: "In Bloom" and "Lithium".
Nirvana
Rage Against the Machine
Pearl Jam
Green Day


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Question 4:

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In typical grunge fashion, this band's songs included such "uplifting" lyrics as "I'm Miss World, somebody kill me" and "I've made my bed, I'll die in it".
Liz Phair
Veruca Salt
Hole
Babes in Toyland


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Question 5:

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Initially overshadowed by Nirvana, this band's musical skills ultimately prevailed and they became a successful rock act in their own right. Their breakthrough album Badmotorfinger contained the hit "Outshined".
Nine Inch Nails
Soundgarden
Hole
Tonic


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Question 6:

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This grunge act never achieved the level of success as many of their fellow bands coming out of Washington state. However, their single "Nearly Lost You" did achieve moderate chart success.
Pavement
Meat Puppets
Dinosaur Jr.
Screaming Trees


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Question 7:

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Coming from San Diego rather than Seattle, this band (fronted by Scott Weiland) had a slightly different edge than their grunge brethren to the north.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Stone Temple Pilots
Bush
Candlebox


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Question 8:

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Which of the following musical groups would NOT be considered a grunge band?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
Melvins
Mad Season
Temple of the Dog
Scritti Politti


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Question 9:

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This all female band came from Los Angeles, and has become notorious for a certain crude incident occurring at the 1992 Reading Festival.
L7
Veruca Salt
Garbage
Elastica


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Question 10:


Fill in the blank from the lyrics to "Smells Like Teen Spirit":
"With the lights out, it's less dangerous. Here we are now, entertain us.
I feel stupid and contagious. Here we are now, entertain us.
A mulatto, an albino, a ______, my libido. Yay!"
torpedo
mosquito
burrito
tuxedo

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After the downfall of grunge, a more radio-friendly and tame offshoot emerged called "post-grunge". Which of the following post-grunge bands released the hit song "Blurry"?
Puddle of Mudd
Bush
Collective Soul
Nickelback


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