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Is alternative rock a true genre or just a name?

  1. TheHeavyReview profile image72
    TheHeavyReviewposted 5 years ago

    Is alternative rock a true genre or just a name?

    Your opinion... is it a trendy name or an actual musical genre?  I don't really have an opinion on this, so I'm interested in hearing that of anyone who answers.

  2. Shinkicker profile image96
    Shinkickerposted 5 years ago

    Too general a category to be a genuine genre

  3. spartucusjones profile image93
    spartucusjonesposted 5 years ago

    At one point alternative simply meant non-mainstream, or it may of referred to music that was not easily classified.  But in the 90's when "alternative" artists like Nirvana became mainstream, the term started to describe a sound instead. People at times refer to it like a genre, but like Shinkicker said it is a very broad categorization. Also what is truly considered alternative can be widely debated as well.

  4. FatFreddysCat profile image99
    FatFreddysCatposted 5 years ago

    Like "grunge," "alternative rock" is pretty much a catch-all used to describe bands that don't fit any particular pigeonhole sound. It's like the record labels look at a band and say "Well, it's not punk... it's not new wave... it's not metal... it's not pop... we don't know what the heck it is. DING DING DING! It's 'alternative!'"