Marilyn Manson claims to have invented the term ‘grunge’

Singer says he coined term when reviewing Nirvana's album 'Bleach'

Marilyn Manson has claimed that he is responsible for inventing the term “grunge”.

The rocker says that he coined phrase, 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’.

He told Noisey: “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.”

Manson went on to add: “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.”

The singer is set to release his new album, ‘The Pale Emperor’, on January 19. You can hear a track from the LP, titled ‘Cupid Carries A Gun’, by clicking below.

Manson’s only confirmed UK show is on June 13, when he headlines the second stage of Download Festival, the same day that Muse head up the Main Stage. On December 5 last year, Manson guested at The Smashing Pumpkins concert at London’s KOKO, performing ‘Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge’ and ‘Ava Adore’.