In the early 1990s, The New York Times sent a list of questions to Sub Pop records in Seattle. The paper wanted to know more about the elusive West Coast “grunge” scene and asked for a lexicon of grunge terminology. Mocking the reporter, Megan Jasper, a Sub Pop employee (and now vice president of the label), made up a bunch of nonsense words on the spot, mostly out of boredom. For example, according to Jasper, “swingin’ on the flippity-flop” was grunge speak for “hanging out.” Her attitude was emblematic of a counterculture that simply didn’t care. NPR profiles’ Micheal Lavine’s new book, Grunge, which captures this era specific attitude through photographs of the Pacific Northwest. To read the full profile, check out the above link.


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