The nineties saw a rise in popularity of new musical genres that no one has ever heard before. Bands from that decade created a unique sound with catchy lyrics in a way that captured the enthusiasm and disillusionment of that era.
The 90’s bands and solo artists here have covered all kinds of musical genres. From the grunge era to the low-fi garage rock and aspiring rappers, the nineties had nothing but experimentation and style. Take a moment to give some of your favorite 90’s artists some love.
Pearl Jam Is One Of The Most Important Bands Of The Nineties
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One of the most influential bands in the grunge era, Pearl Jam throttled into the limelight with its debut album Ten, in 1991.
The members of the group have become noted for their refusal to attach themselves to music industry practices. That meant refusing to give interviews and engaging in a publicised-boycott of Ticketmaster.
Alanis Morissette Is The Queen Of Alt-Rock Angst
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Fans will remember hearing “You Outta Know” for the first time in 1995. It was angry breakup song by a woman from Ottawa.
The American-Canadian musician has sold more than 75 million copies worldwide. But, little do people know that Morissette began her career with two failed pop albums released before her 1995 single.
R.E.M. Was One Of The First Alt-Rock Bands
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By the early nineties, bands like Nirvana and Pavement viewed their fellow musicians as the pioneers of alt-rock.
Since their formation in the eighties, the group has been known for Buck’s arpeggiated guitar style, Stipe’s vocal quality and obscure lyrics, Mill’s melodic basslines, and Berry’s tight style of drumming. Fun fact: a punk rock band from West Garden Grove, California hired their guitarist for one thing the other members couldn’t do. The story behind that is still on the way.
No Doubt Played At The Very First Warped Tour
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Their first album wasn’t a success, but they were quick to find it with “Just A Girl.” In 1995, at the height of their career, the ska band from Anaheim, California was one of the first groups to play at the summer festival.
Joining them for the popular music event was Sublime, Deftones, Face to Face, and Quicksand.
Beastie Boys Were Punk Rockers Before Being Rappers
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It remains a fact hidden from Beastie Boys listeners and newcomers alike. Initially, they formed as a four-piece hardcore punk band, the Young Aborigines.
They even released a few EPs from the late eighties to early nineties before finding their sound. Eventually, those EP recordings were put into the 1994 album Some Old Bulls***.
The Offspring Hired Noodles When He Was A High School Janitor
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Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman joined as the group’s second guitarist. The Offspring hired him because Noodles was old enough to buy alcohol for the other members since they weren’t of legal age.
Thanks to the commercial success of the album Smash in 1994, the group is credited for reviving mainstream interestest in punk rock in the nineties. The original drummer of the most influential alt-rock bands was in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Find out who played the garage attendant shortly.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Recorded Their Breakthrough Album In A Haunted Mansion
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The band decided to record Blood Sugar Sex Magik in an unusual setting. Producer Rick Rubin suggested the mansion magician Harry Houdini lived in.
The mansion is reportedly haunted after a man pushed his lover over the balcony. But, that wasn’t enough to keep Anthony Kiedis or Chad Smith from staying at the house during the recording.
Metallica Is Credited As Being In The Big Four Of Heavy Metal
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Despite forming in 1981, the boys of California found success with Master Of Muppets and their self-titled album.
When it comes to thrash metal, the group is often known as one of the “big four.” Along with Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth, they’re one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all-time.
Sonic Youth’s Original Drummer Was The Garage Attendant In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
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Richard Edson was the original drummer of Sonic Youth. He began acting shortly after quitting the band.
Many fans of one of the most influential alt-rock groups don’t know this. But, Edson, was the sleazy parking garage attendant in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Just ahead, one of Green Day’s most popular songs was the official theme song of the PGA Tour in 1998.
Rage Against The Machine Turned Their Studio Into A Stage For Some Inspiration
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For their first album, Rage struggled to capture their live energy. In an interview with Spin, guitarist Tom Morello said the group intended to use their recordings with the same power from their live shows.
“We invited a bunch of friends into the studio and just played the set. So, it was like a show, rather than, ‘Now we’re going to record the hi-hat.”
Nirvana’s Nevermind Knocked Michael Jackson’s Dangerous Off The Charts
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Nirvana’s dominance reached a new height. Nevermind knocked the King of Pop’s Dangerous off the top of the charts in early 1992.
Nirvana was always against eighties-style glitz and the pop music Jackson delivered. Their chart takeover proved that their grunge revolution was taking hold.
Billy Joe Armstrong Wrote Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Long Before Dookie
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The frontman of Green Day wrote the song as early as 1990. He didn’t bring it to the band’s attention until the Dookie sessions.
They ended up not using it because it was much different from the rest of the material. The song is on Nimrod and it was the official theme for the PGA Tour in 1998. Who was the band that played their first and last show at the same venue? Billy Corgan has the answer to that shortly.
Nine Inch Nails Recorded The Downward Spiral In The Mansion Where Charles Manson Killed Shannon Tate
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Trent Reznor moved into the mansion where the Charles Manson “family” murdered Sharon Tate and four other guests.
It may be thought of as a publicity stunt to fulfill Reznor’s dark persona, but the frontman was motivated to build a large in-house studio. Also, Reznor’s friend discovered the Tate connection after he moved into the mansion.
Radiohead Is Still Playing With Its Original Members
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In 1985, all the members of Radiohead met while attending Abingdon School in Oxfordshire. By 1987, they left for university and they didn’t regroup until 1991.
Impressed by their sound, Chris Hufford and his music partner Bryce Edge produced a demo tape, and they remain Radiohead’s managers today.
The Smashing Pumpkins Played Their Farewell Concert At The Same Venue As Their Very First Show
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When the Smashing Pumpkins broke up at the turn of the new millennium, the band played a show at The Metro in Chicago.
That venue also happens to be where the original Smashing Pumpkins line-up played their very first show together. As a thank you, Billy Corgan gave everyone in attendance a free bootleg of their first show. An influential band to ska suffered a similar fate as Kurt Cobain. Unfortunately, this frontman passed away a week after getting married. That’s just ahead.
Oasis Had A Headline-Grabbing Battle With Blur
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Oasis and Blur will forever be known as the faces and rivals of Britpop. In 1995, fans saw the nation’s most prominent indie band tussle for the top spot in the charts with singles released on the same day.
Ultimately, Oasis lost the Britpop brawl and ‘Country House’ reigned as the UK’s number one single.
Blink-182 Was Quick To Find Travis Barker As Their Drummer For Their 1998 Tour
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In 1998, Scott Raynor found himself out of the band due to his alcohol abuse. Blink needed a new drummer for their tour, so they turned to Travis Barker.
The former drummer of the Aquabats learned the entire 20-song setlist in just five minutes before his first show.
Sublime’s Bradley Nowell Was Married A Week Before His Death
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For years, Bradley Nowell struggled with a heroin addiction. His girlfriend-turned-wife Troy helped him through months of sobriety when they got married.
A week after tying the knot, he injected a dose of strong heroin and died as a result. The band film “Santeria” with his beloved dog Lou Dog as a tribute to their fallen frontman.
Outkast Are A Major Influence To Hip-Hop Today
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Andre 3000 and Big Boi were responsible for popularizing southern hip-hop. The duo experimented with diverse genres with fun, psychedelia, jazz, and techno beats.
With their creative sounds and approaches to music, it’s no surprise why Andre and Big Boi are big influences of hip-hop in the southern states.
Eninem Was Sued By His Own Mother
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When the rapper released “My Name Is,” he was sued by his mother for defamation. He included the line “My mom does more dope than I do.”
It’s not clear whether her objection was to the insinuation that she smoked dope or inaccuracy of the quantity of dope smoked.