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    Grunge bands of the '90s

    From Alice in Chains to Temple of the Dog, grunge bands rocked the Northwest and beyond during the 1990s.

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    Pearl Jam

    Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder performs next to guitarist Mike McCready in Hollywood, Calif., in 1991. Pearl Jam, which included Stone Gossard on rhythm guitar, Jeff Ament on bass and had a series of drummers, including Dave Abbruzzese, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Krusen and Matt Cameron, formed in 1990 and have sold 30 million records in the U.S. Known for songs such as "Alive," "Even Flow" and "Better Man," the band fought a much publicized battle against Ticketmaster in 1995. The band reissued its seminal album, "Ten" in 2009. They plan to re-release their entire catalogue by 2011, which will mark the band's 20th anniversary.

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    Nirvana

    David Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Kurt Cobain, from left, of the band Nirvana, prepare for an underwater portrait in a North Hollywood, Calif., pool on Oct. 10, 1991. Nirvana first came together in 1987 in Aberdeen, Wa. The band was known for songs such as "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Rape Me" and "All Apologies." Cobain, who struggled with heroin addiction, a stomach ailment and his own personal demons related to a meteoric rise to fame, was found dead of a self-inflicted shotgun wound on April 8, 1994. Grohl went on to form The Foo Fighters, while Novoselic played in Sweet 75 and Eyes Adrift.

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    Alice in Chains

    Layne Staley of Alice in Chains performs at Seattle's Paramount Theater circa 1997. The band, which included Jerry Cantrell on lead guitar, Sean Kinney on drums and Mike Starr and Mike Inez on bass, formed in 1987 and sold more than 14 million albums in the U.S. Alice and Chains were known for songs such as "Man in the Box," "Sea of Sorrow" and "Rooster." Staley battled drug addiction for years before finally dying of an overdose of cocaine and heroin on April 19, 2002. In 2006, the band reformed with William Duvall taking over on vocals.

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    Screaming Trees

    The Screaming Trees pose for a portrait outside of Seattle's Triangle Pub in the mid-1990s. Guitarist Mark Lanegan, guitarist Gary Lee Conner, bass player Van Conner and drummer Mark Pickerel formed the band in 1985 in Ellensburg, Wa. In 1990, Barrett Martin replaced Pickerel and the band released their seminal album, "Sweet Oblivion," in 1992. Known for songs such as "Nearly Lost You," "Dying Days" and "Dollar Bill," the group disbanded in 2000.

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    Stone Temple Pilots

    Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots performs in Atlanta's Lakewood Amphitheater on Oct. 1, 2000. The band, which features Robert and Dean DeLeo on bass and lead guitar and Eric Kretz on drums, first met in 1986, but officially became STP in 1992. Known for songs such as "Sex Type Thing," "Creep," and "Interstate Love Song," the band's success was tempered by Weiland's struggles with drugs. STP broke up in 2003. Weiland spent some time as part of Velvet Revolver, but Stone Temple Pilots are reportedly at work on a new album that should be released in 2010.

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    Soundgarden

    Soundgarden, including, from left, lead singer Chris Cornell, bassist Ben Shepherd (who took over for Jason Everman and founding bassist Hiro Yamamoto), guitarist Kim Thayil, and drummer Matt Cameron (who took over for Scott Sundquist), formed in 1984. The band's hits included "Black Hole Sun," "Spoonman" and "Rusty Cage." While working on "Down on the Upside," tensions within the group grew and in 1997 the band split. Cornell has gone on to make solo albums and work with Audioslave. On March 24, Thayil, Cameron and Shepherd reunited with Tad Doyle on vocals to play a show at the newly reopened Crocodile Cafe.

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    Hole

    Courtney Love of Hole performs at the Cal Expo Amphitheatre in Sacramento, Calif., on Aug. 17, 1995. Hole, which featured lead guitarist Eric Erlandson, bassist Jill Emry and drummer Caroline Rue (who was eventually replaced by Leslie Hardy and Patty Schemel), formed in 1989. Hole was known for hits such as "Doll Parts," "Celebrity Skin" and "Malibu." Love married Kurt Cobain on Feb, 24, 1992. The couple had a daughter, Francis Bean, six months later. There was speculation that Cobain had written many of the songs on the album "Live Through This." The band disbanded in 2002 and Love began a solo career.

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  • Members of Rock Band Mudhoney

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    Mudhoney

    Mudhoney, which includes lead singer and guitarist Mark Arm, bassist Matt Lukin, drummer Dan Peters and lead guitarist Steve Turner, formed in 1988. The band’s songs included "Touch Me I'm Sick," "Suck You Dry" and "Generation Spokesmodel." The band also brought recognition to Seattle indie record label Sub Pop. Lukin left the band in 1999 and was replaced by Guy Maddison. The band continues to record and tour; their latest album, "The Lucky Ones," was released in May 2008.

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    Temple of the Dog

    Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden perform in Temple of the Dog at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, Calif., on Oct. 5, 1991. Temple of the Dog formed in 1990 as a tribute to Andrew Wood, the former lead singer of Mother Love Bone and Malfunkshun, who died of a heroin overdose. The lineup included guitarist Stone Gossard, bassist Jeff Ament, guitarist Mike McCready and drummer Matt Cameron. The band's songs included "Hunger Strike," "Say Hello 2 Heaven" and "Pushin Forward Back." Temple of the Dog released one self-titled album.

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    The Melvins

    The Melvins, including singer/guitarist Buzz Osbourne, drummer Dale Crover (who replaced Mike Dillard) and Matt Lukin (who was replaced by Lori Black and later Joe Preston and finally by Jared Warren) on bass, formed in the early 1980s. Based in Aberdeen, Wa., the band found a fan in Kurt Cobain, who helped transport the equipment to shows. The Melvins continue to tour, sometimes with members of Big Business, and make records.

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