Marilyn Manson admits he ‘didn’t invent the term grunge’

Singer said he merely 'pupularised' the term when working as a journalist

Marilyn Manson has admitted that he didn’t actually invent “grunge”, after claiming he coined the term in an interview earlier this month.

In a new interview with Esquire, Manson clarified that he “didn’t say he invented the word”, just that he popularised it. “I said I coined it… I think I actually wrote ‘grungy’. But it is pretty amusing that that became a headline,” he said. “I’m like a Furby. You can push me, and then your soundbite comes out, and there you have your headline. So to clarify, I merely claimed that I popularised the word, which is pretty much not accurate, considering the distribution of the periodical that I wrote it in. But I like to self-aggrandise.”

It was previously reported that Manson had claimed he came up with the term grunge, which has become synonymous with the popularity of Seattle’s alternative rock scene in the ’80s and ’90s, when he was working as a music journalist and reviewing Nirvana’s debut album ‘Bleach’. The singer said in an interview: “I hated rock’n’roll when I started. It was on the cusp of grunge and a lot of bands that I used to call ‘commonist rock’ because everyone wanted to be like the common man with the flannel shirts and Pearl Jam and their fight against Ticketmaster and all this horse shit. Nirvana was different. That was one of the bands I covered first as a journalist and I’m just going to go ahead and say I coined the term ‘grunge’ in a review of ‘Bleach’. You’re welcome.”


Marilyn Manson’s new album ‘The Pale Emperor’ – the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Born Villain’ – was released on January 19. The singer recently spoke to NME about being blamed for incidents of murder and suicide among his fans, saying, “If I was literally responsible for something I would take credit or accept the responsibility and the punishment, but I’m not going to accept any blame for things that I make, because people should be responsible for their own actions.”