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.
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.
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!'"
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