Roots of Grunge Rock and Metal | on Sirius XM
Week of April 6, 2019

Sat 4/6, 6PM ET
Sun 4/7, 1PM ET
Mon 4/8, 9AM ET
Tues 4/9, 4PM ET
Thurs 4/11, 9PM ET

To honor twenty-five years this week since the untimely passing of Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Roots digs the distortion and flannel of punk- and metal-infested Pacific Northwest hard rock bands like Tad, Nirvana, Earth, Mudhoney, and Soundgarden. Host Ian Christe (“Sound of the Beast”/Bazillion Points) pushes through the Puget Sound fog and extracts the most metallic moments of those bands above plus locals the Melvins. The crossover continues with covers by S.O.D., Grave, Opeth, Machine Head, Impaled, Thou, and more. Slow your Roots!

Before MTV, Courtney, and even the “grunge” label, check out the early ascent of Nirvana in the photo history Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989, by Bruce Pavitt.


Tad – “Salem” from Salem EP
Melvins – “Heaviness of the Load” from Gluey Porch Treatments
Fecal Matter – “Downer” – from Illiteracy Will Prevail
The U-Men – “Dig It a Hole” from Solid Action
Soundgarden – “Head Injury” from Ultramega OK
Earth – “Tallahassee” – from Pentastar
Green River – “Hangin Tree” from Sub Pop 200
Mudhoney – “Sweet Young Thing Aint Sweet No More” from SINGLE
Nirvana – “Negative Creep” – Live at Rhino Records
Gruntruck – “Tribe” from PUSH
Alice In Chains – “We Die Young” from WE DIE YOUNG
Coffin Break – “American Dream” from CRAWL
S.O.D. – “Territorial Pissing” from Live At Budokan
Machine Head – “Negative Creep” from Take My Scars
Grave – “Them Bones” from As Rapture Comes
Impaled – “Tourettes” from Medical Waste
Thou – “Something in the Way” from The Archer & the Owle
Melvins – “Sweet Young Thing Ain’t Sweet No More” from Steel Pole Bathtub Split
Opeth – “Would” from Burden

Roots is Sound of the Beast author (and Bazillion Points publisher) Ian Christe’s heavy metal history show on Sirius XM Liquid Metal channel 40. Since June 2004, each weekly show has examined another subgenre, band, movement, country, or theme in metal, punk, and heavy rock. The show is available on-demand online from



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