MARILYN MANSON CLAIMS HE COINED THE TERM ‘GRUNGE

January 12, 2015

Marilyn Manson has claimed in a new interview with Noisey that he coined the term “grunge” in a review he wrote of Nirvana’s 1989 debut album, Bleach, while he was working as a music journalist. Manson explained, “I hated rock ‘n’ roll when I started . . . Nirvana was different. That was one of the bands I covered first as a journalist and I’m just going to go ahead and say I coined the term ‘grunge’ in a review of Bleach. You’re welcome.”

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Manson, under his real name Brian Warner, did write for a South Florida music magazine in the 1980s called 25th Parallel.

In actuality, the word “grunge” was used as far back as 1978 to describe rock music, but Mudhoney and Green River frontman Mark Arm is credited with using the term in a 1981 letter to a Seattle fanzine called Desperate Times.

  • Sub Pop Records co-founder Bruce Pavitt later used the term in 1987 and 1988 to describe Green River’s music.
  • Manson’s new album, The Pale Emperor, is due for release on January 20th.

Check out the video for his lead-off single “Cupid Carries a Gun”:

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