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Any era please, and the more obscure, the better.
Melvins, Mudhoney, Slant 6, Dinosaur Jr, Green River, Flipper, Butthole Surfers, Redd Kross,...
But far more interesting were the bands that influenced the whole grunge movement: Wipers, Earth, Replacements, Beat Happening, Husker Du, Sonic Youth, The Vaselines, X, The Minutemen...
And I disagree with your point anyway.
And I've always disputed Mudhoney although everyone labels them as grunge.
Don't see how you can have grunge without mudhoney though.
Back in the day, all guitar bands coming out of America at the time were lazily labelled grunge: Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh, Smashing Pumpkins, Helmet etc etc etc
I've only heard God's Balls though
but a lot of Sebadoh's stuff falls more under the grunge banner I reckon, including most of Jason Loewenstein's songs. A very underrated songwriter.
The original wave (mid 80s - 96) and the horrible nu-grunge thing that Nickelback were a part of.
For the first, you already know about NIrvana and Pearl Jam I'm sure. Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Mudhoney and Screamining Trees are all wonderful. Green River, Motherlovebone, Tad and Temple of the Dog all had their moments. L7 and Babes in Toyland (and Hole, I guess) for girl-grunge. Stone Temple Pilots for guilty pleasure grunge.
Slightly noisier/crazier stuff going on concurrently on the Amphetamine Reptile label that's well worth checking out (none of which is TROO GRUNGE):
Helmet (first three albums ONLY - beware!)
Today is the Day
were all on the very first grunge record/compilation (deep six) and all faded into obscurity pretty much straight away.
I'm a big fan of The Thrown Ups, an early band of Mark Arm/Steve Turner (both of Mudhoney) fame. Noisy, sloppy punk.
as thewarn sez though, they weren't grunge - but they are amazing
i can vouch for cows and helmet as well, the rest i've not heard
Here's a band which includes the drummer from The Moldy Peaches - I saw them in the Metro Club (RIP) on Oxford Street about ten years ago, they had come over with Kimya Dawson for a couple of shows, probably the most inappropriate support act ever. In fact maybe they actually went on last, I don't remember. They finished with an absolutely incredible song though, one of the best things I have ever seen live. Not sure if it was a cover, but it was amazing. Didn't think to ask, as I assumed it would be on their album which they were selling for £2. I was in sixth form and had no money, so was scrambling around in my pockets to pay for it in 20p pieces. The drummer found this hilarious, gave it to me for free, and bought me a beer. Awesome. Wasn't as good as the live show, but the song Israel is classic grunge fare, and is linked on the wall of this facebook page, have a listen :
The band is called The Larval Organs, by the way.
but being from the early 90's, they certainly share a lot in terms of style and aesthetics.
the God Machine
Hate Songs In E Minor is a brilliant record
best thing by them imo
amazing it was 10 years ago in April that Layne Staley died.
Definite nods to grunge in their stuff. Awesome band.
Mother Love Bone
7 Year Bitch