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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".
Primus
Pearl Jam
Mudhoney
Alice in Chains


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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.
Alice in Chains
Stone Temple Pilots
Temple of the Dog
Pearl Jam


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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".
Green Day
Nirvana
Rage Against the Machine
Pearl Jam


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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".
Veruca Salt
Hole
Babes in Toyland
Liz Phair


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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
Hole
Soundgarden
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.
Screaming Trees
Meat Puppets
Pavement
Dinosaur Jr.


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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
Scritti Politti
Mad Season
Temple of the Dog


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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
Elastica
Veruca Salt
Garbage


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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!"
burrito
tuxedo
mosquito
torpedo

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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"?
Nickelback
Bush
Puddle of Mudd
Collective Soul


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