Did Marilyn Manson Coin The Term ‘Grunge’? He Says Yes

Somewhere a 40 year-old dude in ripped flannel is seriously pissed off.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

Marilyn Manson has been called a lot of things, but originator of the term “grunge” is not one of them. Until today, that is, when the shock-rocker claimed he’s responsible for inventing the buzzword.

Manson says that he coined phrase, which came to define Seattle’s sludgy alternative rock scene in ’90s, when he was working as a music journalist and reviewing Nirvana’s debut album Bleach. 

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He told Noisey: “I hated rock’n’roll when I started. It was on the cusp of grunge and a lot of bands that I used to call ‘commonist rock’ because everyone wanted to be like the common man with the flannel shirts and Pearl Jam and their fight against Ticketmaster and all this horse shit.”

Manson went on: “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 is set to release his new album, ‘The Pale Emperor’, on January 19. Learn more and hear new sounds right here.