What Vince Neil Thinks About Grunge’s Affect On Rock
The long-going discussion and criticism of rock’s subgenera punk and grunge is still a matter of debate in 2021. Grunge is a version of rock music characterized by emotional lyrics and the fusion of punk-rock and heavy metal sound. The most famous bands representing this genre are Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, and The Smashing Pumpkins.
Grunge emerged during the 1990s but wasn’t famous until Nirvana and Pearl Jam decided to go on stage. Initially known as ‘garage rock,’ Nirvana released ‘Nevermind’ in 1991 and introduced the world to grunge. They commercialized and popularized the genre while attracting an audience with varying tastes.
The definition of the genre doesn’t include melancholy, but their lyrics usually explore themes like social alienation, trauma, emotional isolation, self-doubt, and desire for freedom. Unfortunately, the grunge musicians were also alienated from the rock scene as some claimed that grunge killed rock. The claim behind this argument was that grunge represents sorrow, while rock and roll should be about having fun and living your best life.
What Did Vince Neil Say About Grunge Killing Rock?
Mötley Crüe was one of the bands that adapted the grunge genre to their music when it was at its peak. They released the single ‘Hooligan’s Holiday’ in 1994 when Neil had taken a break from the band. Mötley Crüe was considered a grunge band after this single, but this didn’t negatively affect their career. That is why, according to Neil, his band’s experience with the genre wasn’t bad.
He stated in 2014 that he supported the genre, and he doesn’t understand why it would ‘kill’ rock. Especially when Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ came out, they recommended people to listen to it because it was a fantastic track. He claimed that the people who believe that ‘rock is dead’ because of grunge only claimed that because their careers were taking a hit and they were experiencing a downfall.
Here is what Neil stated in his 2014 interview:
“We went on ‘Headbangers Ball,’ and we’d had an early pressing of ‘Nevermind.’ We were talking about a bunch of upcoming bands and told people to check that album out.
We supported that whole thing. I don’t know why people say grunge killed rock. Only people whose careers were on the way out said that. It didn’t seem to kill us.”
It’s apparent that Mötley Crüe didn’t have a hard time adapting to grunge because their initial style, music, and clothes already featured elements of the genre. However, unlike Nirvana or Pearl Jam, they didn’t really focus on the melancholy aspect. Instead, they kept the high spirit of rock and roll while embracing the musicality of the grunge.