Grunge – or the Seattle sound – is a musical genre, a subgenre of alternative rock . It emerged during the mid-1980s in Seattle, in the American state of Washington, and was inspired by hardcore punk, heavy metal, and indie rock. the genre is generally characterized by very distorted electric guitars, and lyrics which sound full of anxiety (angoscia) or apathetic (indifferent). This trend of music became famous in the first half of the 1990s, thanks to the Nirvana’s Nevermind and Pearl Jam’s Ten.
The term grunge means dirty, filthy (sporco, sudicio). The first who used it was Mark Arm, the vocalist for the Seattle band Green River – later Mudhoney— in a 1981 letter to the Seattle magazine (rivista) Desperate Times, criticizing the band Mr. Epp and the Calculations as “Pure grunge! Pure noise! Pure shit!” and Bruce Pavitt of Sub Pop – a record label (marchio discografico) – popularized the term in 1987–88. The grunge also influences a style which became a fashion in the 1990s. The grunge look is quite untidy (disordinato). The grunge look includes sport (sciolti e disordinati) long hair – sometimes dyed (tinti) -, crazy sneakers (scarpe da ginnastica pazze), very colourful as well as (come pure) the stockings (calze da donna)…. from forest green to lively (vivace) red. The jeans are tight-fitting (attillati), the T-shirts and sweaters (maglioncini) are oversize (molto larghi) and colourful, too; skirts are short. Very trendy are also cargo (pantaloni larghi con tasconi a fianco) and Capri pants (pantaloni pinocchietto). Jackets are mainly made of (fatti di) leather (pelle) or, better, of imitation suede (scamosciato) and leather.