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How to Be Grunge

By Contributor ; Updated September 15, 2017
Be Grunge

How to Be Grunge. Grunge was much more than Seattle members of Generation-X wandering around in plaid shirts and dirty jeans. The grunge movement was a reaction to a consumerist society, a chance to break with normal teenage traditions and listen to some fantastic music. If you want to sport a grunge lifestyle and get behind the grunge philosophy, here are some tips to get started.

Purchase all the music available from bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Sound Garden and The Smashing Pumpkins. These bands infuse the grunge vibe into their lyrics and expert knowledge of each album is preferable for a true grunge.

Mourn the death of Kurt Cobain. This is an essential for any grunge or Generation X wannabe. Comparisons to Jim Morrison and Elvis and the loss of one of America's great young poets to drugs are normal topics of converstaion for Grungers.

Wear plaid and ripped jeans or other grunge related clothing. Baggy, ripped jeans and longsleeve shirts in dark or muted colors work best. An army jacket, trench coat and combat boots gives the look its final layering.

Grow your hair messy. Grunge hair is always worn in front of the eyes. If you like a perfectly quaffed do, grunge is not for you.

Begin reading paperback philosophy books in coffee shops and complaining about the state of the world, globalization and oppressed children. Grungers are intelligent, well versed and display irritated consciences.

Study politics in order to have a smart answer for everyone who questions your grunge lifestyle. References to "sheep" "corporate puppets" and "adherence to the globalization script" are popular among grunge adherents.

Realize that for many, the grunge movement was a change to a non-fashionable, alternative underground in reaction to the musical status quo. The spirit of the grunge movement is more important than the flannel shirts and ripped jeans.

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