How come no one ever mentions The Pixies? they were one of the earliest grunge bands, they helped set the standard for the grunge sound. Cobain said it himself that all he really did was rip off the pixies. Now I didn't say that as disrespect, because he's my hero and i don't want anyone crawling up my ass. It was something he admitted pretty openly. Surfer Rosa was a perfect album, hands down.