We all know what “grunge” is, right? But how did that word ever come to describe a sound and musical movement? Where did it come from? There are lots of theories. The earliest use of the word seems to be the writings of Lester Bangs, the legendary (but dead) rock critic as a way to describe a particular sound.
Then came a letter to the editor of a Seattle music paper written as a joke by a member of a band called Mudhoney. He used the word “grunge” to describe the sound of a fictional band. But then other people suggest that Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham should get part of the credit.
He wrote a song called “The Crunge” for the band’s 1973 album, Houses of the Holy. Since grunge was influenced by the sludgier side of bands like Zeppelin, maybe the word “grunge” was just a modification of the word “crunge.” Bottom line? No one is really sure.