In addition to her powerful pipes and "Good Girl" demeanor, Carrie Underwood is known for her flirty dresses and sexy hotpants, but there was a time back in the '90s when the "American Idol"-winning singer was far more likely to be found in grunge rock-approved attire.
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"You know those stupid school pictures that you'd always forget about until you got there? I wore those wide-legged jeans, like skater wide-legged jeans and a black and white oversized plaid shirt," Carrie confesses to The Boot. "And I remember when I got my picture back, one of my friends saying I looked like I was going to go rob somebody. Like I was a menace!"
Carrie's grunge past goes a lot deeper than the collection of Seattle-inspired plaid shirts she still keeps in her closet. As it turns out, the Oklahoman country crooner was raised on rock 'n roll.
"I grew up listening to '80s glam hair metal. Then, when I got older in the '90s, the whole grunge thing was huge and I was totally into it. I was all about Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Nirvana and all of that stuff."
Now Carrie's tastes run about as wide as her old skater jeans and, even though the recently released Blown Away is still very much a country album, she thinks it reflects the fact that she listens to a little bit of everything.
"People don't listen to one genre of music. They don't listen to one specific kind of artist. My iPod is rannn-dom," she says, practically stretching 'random' into a four-syllable word with her emphatic drawl. "I would guess everybody else's is, too. It's OK to listen to random things back to back, and I definitely feel like I'm