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The Seattle Music Scene
(1979-1995)
OlgaLizana
EsmeraldaValenzuela
Contents
1. A little bit of context: Geography
2. What is Seattle famous for?
3. Seattle’s 90’s Music Scene: Grunge
4. Grunge
5. Grunge Features: music
6. Grunge features: lyrics
7. Grunge fashion: “non-fashion”
8. Riot Grrrls
9. Mia Zapata and The Gits
10. Decline of mainstream popularity
A little bit of context: Geography
● State of Washington
● North West Pacific Coast of the U.S.
● 155 km far from Canada
● Total surface: 369,2 km²
● 670,218 people
What Is Seattle Famous For?
Jimi
Hendrix,
1942 - 1970
What Is Seattle Famous For?
● Space Needle
(1962, Edward
E.Carlson
● William Edward
Boeing, 1916
● Seattle, 1971
Seattle’s 90’s Music Scene:
Grunge
● The sound of Seattle
(grunge): 1979 - 1995
● Influences of Punk,
Hardcore Punk and
Hard Rock.
● Punk era:
1976 - 1983
● Why in
Seattle?
Grunge
● 1979: Bruce Pavitt moves West
● He starts his own photocopied magazine,
Subterranean Pop
● 1981: Pavitt shortens the name to Sub Pop
The Beginning
Grunge
The Beginning
“1. Culture is controlled by large corporations. It is
bland. 2. Sub Pop combats this by supporting
independent means of expression: cassettes,
records, publications, video, public access cable
television, whatever. 3. We are very big interested
in regional trends, movements, ideas, slang,
record labels, what have you. We are very big
interested in small communities that aren’t big
time like important N.Y. and L.A. 4. A
decentralised cultural network is obviously cool.
Way cool.”
From Bruce Pavitt’s “Supreme Statement of Purpose” in Sub Pop
#8, 1982
Grunge
● 1983: Sub Pop becomes a column in the Rocket
● 1986: Sub Pop becomes a record label
● 1987: release of Dry As A Bone by Green River
● 1988: release of Touch Me, I’m Sick by Mudhoney and
Love Buzz by Nirvana
Grunge features:
Music
● “Pure grunge! Pure
shit! “ - Mark Arm
(Mudhoney)
● A dirty sound
● Catchy melodies
● Halfway through Punk
and Heavy Metal
● Garages and
bars;
Crocodrile
Caffee
● They played for
themselves
U-men (1981 -
1988) The Melvins (1983)
Pearl Jam (1990)
Nirvana (1991 -1994)
Soundgarden (1984 - 1997
• 2010)
Mudhoney (1988)
Grunge features:
Lyrics
● Themes: social alienation, apathy, entrapment, desire for freedom
● Similarities to punk rock and Generation X
● Disenchantment with the state of society and discomfort at social prejudices
● Dark or fun sense of humor, satirization of glam metal
Grunge fashion: “non-fashion”
● Flannel shirts
● Ripped and faded jeans
● Black boots
● Oversized sweaters
● Low-budget
antimaterialist
philosophy
● Comfort
● DIY
Riot grrrls
● Early 1990s in Olympia and
Seattle
● Feminist consciousness, punk
aesthetics, politics and style
● Issues such as rape, domestic
abuse, patriarchy and female
empowerment
Riot grrrls
L7
1985 - 200, Los Angeles
Babes in Toyland
1987 - 2001, Minneapolis
Bratmobile
1991 - 1994, 1999 - 2003, Olympia
Riot grrrls
Bikini Kill
1990 - 1997, Olympia
7 Year Bitch
1990, Seattle
The Gits
1986 - 1993, Seattle
The Gits and
Mia Zapata
● Mia Zapata (1965 - 1993), singer for the band The
Gits. She was assassinated.
Decline of mainstream popularity
● Grunge bands opposed to mainstream stardom
● The advent of post-grunge
● Heroin use

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Seattle music scene

  • 1. The Seattle Music Scene (1979-1995) OlgaLizana EsmeraldaValenzuela
  • 2. Contents 1. A little bit of context: Geography 2. What is Seattle famous for? 3. Seattle’s 90’s Music Scene: Grunge 4. Grunge 5. Grunge Features: music 6. Grunge features: lyrics 7. Grunge fashion: “non-fashion” 8. Riot Grrrls 9. Mia Zapata and The Gits 10. Decline of mainstream popularity
  • 3. A little bit of context: Geography ● State of Washington ● North West Pacific Coast of the U.S. ● 155 km far from Canada ● Total surface: 369,2 km² ● 670,218 people
  • 4. What Is Seattle Famous For? Jimi Hendrix, 1942 - 1970
  • 5. What Is Seattle Famous For? ● Space Needle (1962, Edward E.Carlson ● William Edward Boeing, 1916 ● Seattle, 1971
  • 6. Seattle’s 90’s Music Scene: Grunge ● The sound of Seattle (grunge): 1979 - 1995 ● Influences of Punk, Hardcore Punk and Hard Rock. ● Punk era: 1976 - 1983 ● Why in Seattle?
  • 7. Grunge ● 1979: Bruce Pavitt moves West ● He starts his own photocopied magazine, Subterranean Pop ● 1981: Pavitt shortens the name to Sub Pop The Beginning
  • 8. Grunge The Beginning “1. Culture is controlled by large corporations. It is bland. 2. Sub Pop combats this by supporting independent means of expression: cassettes, records, publications, video, public access cable television, whatever. 3. We are very big interested in regional trends, movements, ideas, slang, record labels, what have you. We are very big interested in small communities that aren’t big time like important N.Y. and L.A. 4. A decentralised cultural network is obviously cool. Way cool.” From Bruce Pavitt’s “Supreme Statement of Purpose” in Sub Pop #8, 1982
  • 9. Grunge ● 1983: Sub Pop becomes a column in the Rocket ● 1986: Sub Pop becomes a record label ● 1987: release of Dry As A Bone by Green River ● 1988: release of Touch Me, I’m Sick by Mudhoney and Love Buzz by Nirvana
  • 10. Grunge features: Music ● “Pure grunge! Pure shit! “ - Mark Arm (Mudhoney) ● A dirty sound ● Catchy melodies ● Halfway through Punk and Heavy Metal ● Garages and bars; Crocodrile Caffee ● They played for themselves
  • 11. U-men (1981 - 1988) The Melvins (1983) Pearl Jam (1990)
  • 12. Nirvana (1991 -1994) Soundgarden (1984 - 1997 • 2010) Mudhoney (1988)
  • 13. Grunge features: Lyrics ● Themes: social alienation, apathy, entrapment, desire for freedom ● Similarities to punk rock and Generation X ● Disenchantment with the state of society and discomfort at social prejudices ● Dark or fun sense of humor, satirization of glam metal
  • 14. Grunge fashion: “non-fashion” ● Flannel shirts ● Ripped and faded jeans ● Black boots ● Oversized sweaters ● Low-budget antimaterialist philosophy ● Comfort ● DIY
  • 15. Riot grrrls ● Early 1990s in Olympia and Seattle ● Feminist consciousness, punk aesthetics, politics and style ● Issues such as rape, domestic abuse, patriarchy and female empowerment
  • 16. Riot grrrls L7 1985 - 200, Los Angeles Babes in Toyland 1987 - 2001, Minneapolis Bratmobile 1991 - 1994, 1999 - 2003, Olympia
  • 17. Riot grrrls Bikini Kill 1990 - 1997, Olympia 7 Year Bitch 1990, Seattle The Gits 1986 - 1993, Seattle
  • 18. The Gits and Mia Zapata ● Mia Zapata (1965 - 1993), singer for the band The Gits. She was assassinated.
  • 19. Decline of mainstream popularity ● Grunge bands opposed to mainstream stardom ● The advent of post-grunge ● Heroin use