Listomania: Ranking the 10 Best Seattle Grunge Bands of the '90s

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7. TAD
Tad Doyle and his bandmates were responsible for some of the heaviest, most ungainly sounds of the grunge era. Unlike most of their peers, their sound was more influenced by '70s metal than '80s punk. Nonetheless, TAD still never quite managed to successfully segue their popularity within the Seattle scene into commercial success.

6. Melvins
Originally formed as a hardcore punk band, the Melvins eventually transitioned into the more stoner-friendly sludge rockers we know today. Still, they were the favorite band of many other folks in this list (members of the top two bands included). Kurt Cobain once auditioned to be their bassist, and, though he didn't wind up with the gig, Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne has been credited by Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic for introducing him to future bandmates Cobain and Dave Grohl.

5. Mudhoney
While they really never fully got the credit they deserved, Mudhoney was one of the most important bands of the Seattle grunge scene -- even to the point that they were, at one time, considered Sub Pop's flagship band. Their heavily fuzzed-out sound influenced most everyone that came after them. Incidentally, Mudhoney vocalist Mark Arm is also often cited as one of the first people to refer to the region's sound as "grunge." But it's not like they got no credit whatsoever: They did have that one cameo in Chris Farley's Black Sheep.
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