before launching back to the chorus at the 3:43 point with guitars all barrels blazing. © 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. Listen to 90s Alternative Rock in full in the Spotify app. Everyone knows the 90’s gave us some of the best alternative music in the history of the Universe. It's a powerful glimpse into a disturbed mind, and vocalist Fearghal McKee convincingly and fearlessly inhabits the manic rage and obsessive need for control that his character exhibits. "We Don't Need Nobody Else" is a brutally chilling narrative from the point of view of a violent sociopath. BuzzFeed Staff 1. You bought this single on cassette and listened to it over and over until the tape broke. Aside from giving us one of the weirdest music videos of the decade, this song solidified Jane’s Addiction into the regular rotation on radio stations across the country. to listen to this track again. ", obviously a slogan borrowed from the French Resistance to the German occupation of World War II, in this case refers to a different kind of human resistance -- "French Disko" is a call for peaceful resistance to war. Alternative, meet metal. The languid drifts of melody married to dense guitars is exemplified in the album's only single, "Alison", a gorgeously narcotized piece that bestirs slowly like a hazy dream and builds to a glowing beauty. Peter Hook's bass rumbles in the midst of a simple guitar pattern and one of Bernard Sumner's smoothest vocals. Everything is turned on its head -- "Everything zen? Everything on "Time Bomb" moves with supercharged velocity. 311 blends genres seamlessly, incorporating elements of rock, hip-hop, metal and even reggae into their sound. All rights reserved.PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated. One family is jubilant and full of visions of hope and the future, one family grieves and remembers. Our introduction to Scott Weiland and STP couldn’t have been better. by Brian Galindo, Alex Naidus, Ryan Creed Good Morning Spider was the second album Linkous released under the Sparklehorse name. New Order released a string of classics in the '80s after rising from the dust of Joy Division following the suicide of Ian Curtis. 50. It's an expansive, trippy collection that drifts from one shadowy dream to another. Addiction is such a constant struggle documented by many alternative rockers in the '90s that it's easy to see references everywhere, even when it might not be the case. Another deep, haunting story told in a way only Eddie Vedder could. The "La resistance! The first part of our examination of the 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s, starting with 100 through 81. Rossdale also slides in lyrical references to songs by Alice in Chains ("Try to see it once my way" is nicked from their 1992 single "Would? 0–9 +44; 3 Doors Down; 3OH!3; 4 Non Blondes; 7 Year Bitch; 8stops7; 10 Years; 12 Stones; 13 Engines; 54 … There are nods in "Nearly Lost You" to '70s-era psychedelic-tinged classic rock in the blistering jolts of guitar by Gary Lee Conner and relentlessly dynamic drum work by Barrett Martin. During the chorus, her voice alights with furious intensity for the heated exclamations of "La resistance!". It's clear these guys would know a time bomb when they see one. After the song was written, Live dedicated it to Barbara Lewis, a friend who was killed by a drunk driver, whose organs were donated to save the lives of others. The station may be offline, or you may need to update your browser. The band recorded the song live in the studio and delivers a knockout performance bristling with swagger and energy. When you saw Live live, you got to see one of the best vocalists to come out of the 90’s alternative scene. '90s Alternative Rock By Kean San Juan Ayunan. Alexakis was 12 at the time, and would endure his own struggles with addiction. There were so many songs, from so many incredible (and some not so incredible) bands. Veteran fringe-rockers Butthole Surfers scored a surprise hit with "Pepper", an oddity in the band's mostly experimental hardcore catalog. Irish rockers Whipping Boy are one of the great unsung bands of the '90s. The lyrics spooked alternative radio programmers in the US who blithely ignored the song in favor of its follow-up, the less taboo "Far Out and Gone". ", and "Rain dogs howl for the century" refers to Tom Waits' brilliant 1985 album Rain Dogs and Allen Ginsberg's famous poem Howl. This is a list of alternative rock artists. These 100 bands and artists' music helped define the "alternative" rock era of the '90s and influenced the next generation of indie rock this century. Stereolab are one of the most innovative and endlessly fascinating bands of the '90s. "Reverence" is caustic and razor-sharp, the Reid brothers casting white-hot knives at pop culture saints and the adherents who deify them. Both versions included here for your listening pleasure. Peter Hook told MTV news in 2013 that he considers "Regret" to be the last great New Order song, and he was right -- until 2015 when the Hook-less incarnation of the band unleashed Music Complete, easily the band's best album since Technique. When you try to define the top 20 best alternative rock albums of the 90s, grunge plays an oversized role, but there was more to it. In the 90s many would have had some difficulty beyond the grunge genre (however that was defined). The lyrics are carefully considered. We go from beseeching an all-knowing spirit to entreating a symbol of science and rational thought who was persecuted for teaching beliefs that contradicted religious dictates, but has since been vindicated by history. May 25, 2011 ... A very long list of still-active alt-rock bands from our youth is after the jump. This song is cool. "Down" is meant as a 'thank you' to 311's fans who helped carry the band from small-town midwestern obscurity to multi-platinum success. They hit up their local record shop or FYE to buy the latest and greatest alt-rock albums they could get their hands on. By the time we were done listening we all believed she deserved someone better. Jetzt online entdecken. So did everyone else. It's a slice of hyper-kinetic rock, the restless groove of youth in the form of three potent minutes of radioactive spunk. "Sick of Goodbyes" is wrenching sadness wrapped in a glow of a heartbreaking beauty that you somehow know is temporary. It's hard not to be struck by the strong suspicion that the call ain't ever gonna come. An Alphabetical List of 105 ’90s Alternative Bands That Still Exist. The wry couplet makes clear that the prospect of quitting drugs is painful enough to justify continuing on his destructive path, but he understands it is what it is. The bridge glows with pulsing strings and then a lovely dual acoustic guitar solo leads into the final verse and chorus. Sat 09.01; Sun 10.01; Mon 11.01; Tue 12.01; Wed 13.01; Thu 14.01; Fri 15.01 In the '90s, grunge was all the rage. For instance, "Minnie Mouse has grown up a cow / Dave's on sale again" is an allusion to David Bowie's "Life on Mars? When Green Day released Dookie, nobody knew what to make of it. The song made the radio and made it all the way to 21 on the Billboard charts. Kind of takes you right back to the first time you ever heard Bush, doesn’t it? One of the most prominent alternative bands of the era was The Smashing Pumpkins, who released Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness in 1995. Stereolab originally recorded "French Disco" for the 1993 EP Jenny Ondioline before revamping and improving it later that year, slightly changing the spelling to add the "k", and releasing it as a limited edition vinyl and CD single. His musical talent transcended what we knew of him from his earlier 90’s work. The connection between musicians and heroin, of course, is not something unique to the '90s. '90s Female Alt-Rock Songs That Spoke To You. With its repeated calls of "I want to die just like Jesus Christ", "Reverence" incorporates a gritty industrial vibe, heavy electronic beats and dense snarls of reverbed guitar. The '90s were full of flannel and angsty teenagers. Even thought the band apparently thought this song was too cheesy to include on their first album, they did – and you loved it! Linkous was wise to take it back and get the most out of it. The woozy "Cure for Pain" is the title track from the band's superb second album. Scott Weiland really doesn’t like himself. List Rules Please consider an artist's '90s work ONLY when voting (lucky Weezer.) It became the iconic duo's highest ever chart showing in the US, reaching #10 on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart. Your dad even loved this song. Life changing. They perfected a sound in which electric guitar is not the driving factor. "Seether" was their first single, a frazzled rocker sung by Nina Gordon about a sorta Jeckyl & Hyde scenario. After all, if there was ever music perfectly suited for drifting in an altered state of consciousnesses, this is it. A 225+ Song 90s Alternative Playlist. RHCP front man Anthony Kiedis bares his soul in this song, and some would say this song made RHCP. Black became more legendary because of how protective Eddie Vedder was of this song. The track seems to be about a relationship nearly derailed by some "sin" that the narrator is struggling to resist: "Did you hear the distant cry / calling me back to my sin? Aptly titled, this song gave birth to Pearl Jam when Eddie Vedder first sang vocals to an early instrumental track. The verses are spoken with cold malevolence: "I hit you for the first time today / I didn't mean it / it just happened… / Christ we weren't even fighting, I was just annoyed / silence / and you started to cry / 'that really hurt', you said / Yeah, and you thought you knew me!" Everclear frontman Art Alexakis has his own nightmares to tell, as the raging bitterness in "Heroin Girl" makes clear. Bands are listed alphabetically by the first letter in their name (not including "The"), and individuals are listed by the first name. Dave Pirner's restless vocals ride along with the churning guitar riff before finally ripping free during the raucous chorus. Is Christian Petzold's 'Undine' Myth or Therapeutic Dialogue? Unfortunately, the song's success couldn't procure the band a wider audience, and they were not long for this world. "), and he reverses lines by Jane's Addiction ("Your sex is violence!" Easy to use internet radio. While there are hundreds of extraordinary songs from this decade, here’s our list of the 50 you should never forget. Listen to some of the best alt-rock songs of the '90s below. It was written and recorded after his near-fatal overdose caused by mixing alcohol with the medication he took to battle his crippling depression, and the album unquestionably bares those scars. "Alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream or commercial rock or pop music. While that may be true in some circles, the release of Sabotage made the Beastie Boys a household name. The die-hard fans already know. This song gave Nirvana fans a glimpse into the type of music that inspired Kurt Cobain to become the father of a musical generation. We're all in this together, sharing humanity's innate confusion. "Galileo" is an expansive song that asks big questions, but is performed with intimate sincerity and beauty. The album's opening lyrical passage could describe the song itself: "Listen close, and don't be stoned / I'll be here in the morning / cause I'm just floating". What 90’s kid didn’t love Sublime? Two drummers played for the band at various times: Billy Conway and Jerome Deupree. "Nearly Lost You" stormed up to the #5 slot on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart, by far the Screaming Trees' highest placement. / Like the one you knew before / calling me back once again / I nearly, I nearly lost you there / and it's taken us somewhere." If you believe down to your bones that you are an inherently flawed sinner in need of a jealous God's forbearance, you might indeed consider yourself "one with the mud" as Jars of Clay singer/songwriter Dan Haseltine does on the band's epic single "Flood". On the surface it's simply about the circle of life, but it goes deeper than that. It's a fantasy that's sparked by that all-too-human impulse of imagining a different and better life in the wake of failures and troubles that seem to weigh down our current existence, and our innate wonder about the mysteries of the afterlife and where we fit in the universe. Mark Lanegan's gruff voice is an instrument powerful enough to stand up to the musical hurricane that buffets him from all sides. He flexes his power over someone he can (or thinks he can) control. This song was one of the two or three that hooked you and got you to buy that concert ticket. The lead single from Bermuda-born singer/songwriter Heather Nova's second album Oyster is "Walk This World", a dramatic acoustic rocker bleeding with desire. You didn’t live in the 90’s if you haven’t heard this song at least 1,000 times. Other key tracks from American Things include "Forsythia", "Victrola", and "Number One Blind". Don’t know what song’s been playing on the radio? The fact that the message was delivered in this song made it gospel. Emotionally-driven hardcore, punk rock, and alternative from emo's '90s golden age to today. The scourge of smack addiction is part of the fabric of '90s alternative rock, with many artists battling it, writing about it, and dying from it. Indie and alternative rock's top guitar slingers. everlong is one of the best. By Judy Berman. From the subtle effects on Haseltine's vocal, to the glistening string section in the song's middle, to the hard-driving acoustic-guitar riffs which ring like heavy sheets of black rain on the pavement, "Flood" is musically evocative of the emotional tumult Haseltine expresses in the lyrics. "Galileo" is a daydream about reincarnation, a query as to when "my soul will get it right", and a call to the famed astronomer and truth-seeker Galileo for celestial guidance. Whether it was your high school graduation ballad or the song that inspired you to make a big decision in you life, this song meant something to you during the 90’s. Visit manilli.com to inventory your music collection, movies, comics and everything.manilli.com to … All Mixed Up – 311 The title alone gave validation to an entire generation of grunge rockers. 37 Alt Rock Songs You Haven’t Thought About Since The Late ‘90s. He begins in a half-whisper then builds intensity as the song winds to its epic climax. When White Zombie came into the scene there were a lot of plaid-wearing grunge rockers who popped this single into their walkman. The band's unusual bottom-heavy sound thrilled critics but never lifted them beyond cult status in the US, although they did enjoy some degree of commercial success in Europe. The performance is tight -- drummer Grant Young (or more likely Sterling Campbell, who producer Michael Beinhorn brought in because he was dissatisfied with Young's performances) amps up the energy and provides a rock-solid foundation. Iconic indie artists and the latest releases. This probably wasn’t the first song your heard from Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam, but it quickly became one of your favorites, despite the message of the song being quite disturbing. The Sparklehorse version is melodic and engaging with an insistent groove, a chiming wall of sound from the fusion of acoustic and electric guitars and, weaving through it all, a thick alien drone pulsing from an old analog synth. over bracing squalls of guitar. Indie 101. "Flood" finds Haseltine on his knees, begging for redemption, beseeching his God to save him from "drowning again". And then it’s crazy once you find out what it’s about. Also the song that made you realize that Kurt Cobain didn’t care. Nobody understands how this song could have possibly been left off of Pearl Jam’s first album. Self-destruction and record company troubles prevented the band from building on the song's momentum, and "Pepper" remains a solitary bubble that somehow floated to the surface of a backwoods Texas swamp and popped onto the airwaves. “Do you have the time to listen to me whine?” Yeah, we all did. 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