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5 Albums To Listen To Before Wearing A Flannel

Many CB students sport the iconic flannel shirt. But have they experienced the culture that brought this fashion statement into existence? There are many reasons to wear a flannel. Luke Harris (’16) claims he wears them because of the many different color options they offer and Miyah Mata (’16) wears them for their “groovy” appearance. But the […]

Many CB students sport the iconic flannel shirt. But have they experienced the culture that brought this fashion statement into existence?

There are many reasons to wear a flannel. Luke Harris (’16) claims he wears them because of the many different color options they offer and Miyah Mata (’16) wears them for their “groovy” appearance.

But the true reason for wearing a flannel is that it has has become a sign of rebellion at CB — it indicates that a student believes they are too cool to adhere to the dress code set forth by the school.

However, this is not the first time the flannel has been used to portray an image of teenage angst.

In the late ’80s, Glam and Hair Metal bands like Poison and Warrant began to dominate the music scene. Their flashy image could always be seen on MTV and their pop influenced music was always a quick dial turn away on the radio.

Grunge was the vicious backlash to this flamboyant style of music. These Post-Metal bands came onto the scene with low-fi music production, a punk attitude, and of course, the iconic flannel.

Here’s five grunge albums of the late ’80s and ’90s you should listen to before considering yourself cool enough to wear a flannel.

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5. Louder Than Love (1989) – Soundgarden

If Zeppelin and Sabbath had a love child in the late ’80s, that love child would Soundgarden. Louder Than Love is a heavy, sludgy return to true Rock & Roll. With Robert Plant-esque vocal delivery, singer Chris Cornell relentlessly bashes the extravagant lifestyle led by Hair Metal bands.

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4. Apple (1990) – Mother Love Bone

Although not necessarily a grunge band themselves, Mother Love Bone influenced the genre by laying the ground work for attitude and song writing. With a debut as strong as Apple, Mother Love Bone, the band that eventually becomes Pearl Jam, quickly became a staple in the early days of Alternative.

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3. Dry As A Bone (’87) – Green River

Clocking in at just shy of nineteen and a half minutes, this EP is a benchmark release in the Grunge scene. With obvious Punk and Heavy Metal influences, Dry As A Bone is a high energy and high octane outing from Green River. Credited with creating the first ever Grunge album, Green River is essential in the discography of the late ’80s and the ’90s.

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2. Bleach (1989) – Nirvana

 This album was a direct response to the Hair Metal movement that was occurring in the late ’80s. Nirvana scrapped the showy image and sound that was trending and instead came onto the scene with normal clothes and distorted guitar. This album is loud, dirty, and largely under appreciated. Despite having the hit single “About A Girl”, Bleach flew relatively under the radar due to the massive success of Nirvana’s 1991 release of Nevermind (certified Diamond) and 1993’s In Utero (5x Platnium).

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1. Slip (19 93) – Quicksand

Although it was received well by both critics and fans alike, Slip has gone relatively unknown to anyone not fully invested into the Post Metal/Grunge genres. A sonic mix between Tool and Rage Against the Machine with bits of noise rock influence, Slip is recommended to anyone looking for a lesser known, grimey, and full on rockin’ record.

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