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Subject: When did the grunge era end?

Written By: Ryan112390 on 08/20/14 at 9:44 am

When would you say the Grunge era (both in terms of the music's popularity--and the fashion) came to an end? When did the transition from the retro, flannel, ripped jeans, cheap clothing, long hair on guys look to the short hair, preppy, polo shirt, late '90s/early '00s look happen? When did Grunge die as both a genre and a fashion sense?

Subject: Re: When did the grunge era end?

Written By: Visor765 on 08/20/14 at 10:36 am

Musically, it died in 1994 when Kurt Cobain killed himself and grunge declined. Post-grunge came along in 1995, just look at the charts. You had artists like Bush, Collective Soul (is that their name?), and Alanis Morissette. It exploded in popularity in 1996. Here are the Billboard Hot 100 year-end charts for 1994, 1995, and 1996.

http://longboredsurfer.com/charts/1994
http://longboredsurfer.com/charts/1995
http://longboredsurfer.com/charts/1996

As you can see, 1994 and 1995 are extremely different, but 1996 is not so different from 1995. Post-grunge first appeared in '95 and went mainstream in '96.

Fashion-wise, it started around 1992 and ended around 1998-ish. Watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the grunge clothes became more "clean-cut" by the late 90s, with people wearing blue and yellow plaid western shirts for instance instead of red and green flannel.

Subject: Re: When did the grunge era end?

Written By: Howard on 08/20/14 at 1:28 pm

I would say between 1995-2000.

Subject: Re: When did the grunge era end?

Written By: BayAreaNostalgist1981 on 08/21/14 at 1:27 am


When would you say the Grunge era (both in terms of the music's popularity--and the fashion) came to an end? When did the transition from the retro, flannel, ripped jeans, cheap clothing, long hair on guys look to the short hair, preppy, polo shirt, late '90s/early '00s look happen? When did Grunge die as both a genre and a fashion sense?


Peripherally (if you count the crappy third rate post-grunge bands) not until 2009.  ;D

I actually strongly disagree that it died when Kurt did. Sure, he was their spokesperson, but the Seattle grunge alternative aesthetic was still very present for the rest of the 90s. I think most genres tend to "go soft" or poppier as they age, and there's definitely some pop-oriented grungy songs from 1998 like "Sex and Candy".

I'm not as knowledgeable about fashion as I am with music, but it seems also that, while it wasn't "cool" or cutting edge anymore obviously, people did kinda lightly dress grungy (lumberjack flannel and cargo pants or slightly ripped jeans and stuff) into the early, perhaps even mid 2000s. The more neon, bright colored clothing didn't seem to take off until circa 2006-07.

Interestingly there wasn't a 90s backlash until the very late 00s and I don't think the 90s felt like a distinctly another era, until social networking and at least basic feature cellphones got big.

Subject: Re: When did the grunge era end?

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/21/14 at 12:29 pm


I would say between 1995-2000.
It took that long for grunge to end?

Subject: Re: When did the grunge era end?

Written By: Howard on 08/21/14 at 1:21 pm


It took that long for grunge to end?


I don't know what came after that?  ???

Subject: Re: When did the grunge era end?

Written By: XYkid on 08/22/14 at 3:18 am

Grunge lives on my heart forever

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