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Green River Changed How Music Was Made in Seattle

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Green River was one of the first grunge bands from Seattle. This band was named after the album by Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Green River Killer. Green River impacted the way that music was made in Seattle, influencing The Melvins, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Nirvana and the bands that were formed when they split up (Mudhoney, Mother Love Bone and Pearl Jam). Green River was the first Band of Seattle that mixed metal, punk and glam rock. This mix will lead to the creation of the sound known as grunge; in fact, Mark Arm, the singer of Green River, is believed to be the first person that used the term, even though he used it in another context.

This band was formed in 1983 and dissolved in 1987. The members of Green River were: Mark Arm (vocals), Steve Turner (guitar, went on to Mudhoney), Jeff Ament (bass), Stone Gossard (guitar, went on to Mother Love Bone and Pearl Jam), Bruce Fairweather (guitar, went on to Mother Love Bone) and Alex Vincent (drums).

According to Mark Arm, one of the reasons why the band split was the dislike of some of the members regarding how Green River leaned towards a sound more similar to metal than anything else. The discography of Green River includes: Come on Down, Dry As a Bone, Rehab Doll, Rehab Doll/Dry as a Bone and Sub Pop 200 (various artists).

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