Plus, Alice in Chains did the same thing, glam first and then they were inspired by the other bands and changed,
They were nicknamed 'Kindergarden' because of how quickly they switched to the grungy style they became famous for... I don't know if they were 'inspired' or just saw the change coming and rolled with it...
and people also say Pearl Jam ripped off grunge because they came along in 1990, Eddie wasn't from Seattle, and Stone and Jeff were kind of glammy and were in Green River and Mother Love Bone talking about being famous and playing arenas.
of local bands were jealous because Mother Love Bone got picked up so quickly. They were considered sellouts, because the Seattle thing was a rebellion against corporate rock. The idea that Guns 'n' Roses and Motley Crue were 'corporate' is laughable, but that was the idea. Guns even had a Seattle veteran in Duff, but some considered him
a sellout for going to L.A.
People say Candlebox ripped of grunge WHEN THEY WERE FROM THE SAME SCENE AND STARTED THE SAME YEAR PEARL JAM DID, plus they were younger so they would have gotten their start later, I'm sorry but 1993 is NOT post-grunge.
Again, jealousy was rampant. Candlebox supposedly didn't pay their dues, blah, blah, blah... Everyone felt that their
band deserved to be the next big thing - funny since being anti-establishment was supposed to be the foundation... until big money was available.
So this is what makes me not take people too seriously when they say this and that band ripped off grunge, because there is NO way of knowing unless you have them saying they just wanted to make money off of it and jump on the bandwagon.
I agree with what you're saying. My take on STP is they jumped on the bandwagon, as did Alice. Alice, in my opinion, was great because Jerry is phenomenally talented and Layne had the 2nd most incredible voice of that generation (Cornell was the best, Lanegan #3). STP just sounds like a junior version of Alice to me. I'll admit that I've never really listened to them in depth though. So, for the sake of arguments, I'll set aside some time this weekend to actually listen
to them before I say anything else negative. I also have to say I liked Scott Weiland's stuff with Velvet Revolver (but that was more due to Slash and Duff's writing)
Ultimately, having been in Seattle at the time, I consider 'grunge' to apply only to Washington State bands... I'm biased.