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Throwback Thursday - Listening To 90s Alternative Music

Throwback Thursday post here. Been listening to since 6 in the morning. I know when one says alternative, it usually is limited to rock music and its many sub-genres. I do think that anything that wasn't mainstream was alternative regardless of its genre.

The scene in Seattle is as alternative as it can be. Bands like and defined a generation. There was , , and . Established bands like and had a resurgence, no doubt bouyed by the interest of both mainstream fans and media. I was listening to a lot of hip hop artists as well. Rappers from both the East Coast and West Coast played in my room. Their lyrical venom spitting across an aural backdrop of beats and loops. and were gods in the eyes of their respective fans. I had listened to and and learned much about life from , , , and .

I can rage against the machine or be still in my own soul asylum . Whatever I needed, alternative music provided it. What sounded like garbage to others provided an oasis to me.

Not going to touch on local bands in this post but I like say that hearing 'Shake Yer Head' started this TBT post.

Just want to know if you can name all the bands I've mentioned 'in secret' in this post.

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nbaquero wrote on July 23, 2014, 9:55 PM

allen0187 I can see four band names...will not reveal them yet, just to see if I am missing any.

inertia4 wrote on July 23, 2014, 10:06 PM

allen0187 Alternative music. The 90's. You know, I came from the 70's and 80's with heavy metal music. Great stuff. And I also love alternative music or 90's rock music. Rap, I never got into that much at all. Some songs here and there. But you're right, music does define a generation and beyond.

allen0187 wrote on July 23, 2014, 11:32 PM

inertia4 , I listen to 70s and 80s music as well. In fact I listen to 50s and 60s music, anything and everything that sounds good, I'll give it a listen.

Music does define a generation and as we move towards the future, it will still be the same. I shudder at the thought of hearing kids talking about the 'genius' of Bieber or Rebecca Black or ang other manufactured pop star in the future.

AliCanary wrote on July 24, 2014, 12:13 AM

I got four, too. I enjoyed this music, too. Of the "officially mentioned" bands, Alice in Chains is my favorite, but maybe we Alices are just partial that way ;)

acelawrites wrote on July 24, 2014, 1:02 AM

I can't relate much, because I like country and folk music,not rock and rap, etc.

KimRemesch wrote on July 24, 2014, 2:02 AM

Back in the day, my daughter (15) loved Nirvana. I had a major policy of not censoring any books or music for the kids. I suppose that's a writer/journalist thing for me. Then came my daughter with Nirvana. I liked the band myself, and I told her I wouldn't censor her, but as a personal favor to me, I asked her not to buy their CDs and bring them into the house. Given what happened with Cobain, it's not a big secret that he wrote a lot of really depressing stuff. The last thing a 15 year old girl needs is more reasons to feel depressed. Hormones are nuts then, life is nuts then. It was a weird deviation for me.

AthenaGoodlight wrote on July 24, 2014, 5:11 AM

I missed a lot of the 90s music since I was studying classical at that time. Nevertheless I still have some tracks of Bush, Dishwalla, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Incubus in my playlist just for listening variety.

inertia4 wrote on July 24, 2014, 8:40 AM

allen0187 LOL. I would hope that never happens. Who cares about the Bieber anyway? That's like us saying that the Partridge Family was a real band a were great. Sure I watched the show as a kid and sure I but some of their music. And a few songs still linger for me because I grew up with it. But I will never pit them against any real music.

Randajad_The_Traveller wrote on July 25, 2014, 8:19 AM

Isnt it sad that we are dominated by crappy mainstream bubble music again and the best music is stuck in the indies.

bestwriter wrote on July 25, 2014, 8:37 AM

Somehow my mind is so occupied that it never demands that I should put on some music. We have a huge collection languishing. I like romantic songs.

allen0187 wrote on July 25, 2014, 9:00 PM

nbaquero and AliCanary , I've edited the post and highlighted the five band names that I secretly placed in the post. I hope you had fun looking for the names as much as i had fun putting them in there.


allen0187 wrote on July 25, 2014, 9:06 PM

That's fine acelawrites . Good music is good music regardless of genre. i listen to some country and folk music as well when I feel like it.

allen0187 wrote on July 25, 2014, 9:45 PM

bestwriter , you should be listening to those records of yours. It ain't good for the soul to waste such a collection. I listen to a couple of romantic songs as well but I tend to stay away from the really sappy ones. LOL!

allen0187 wrote on July 25, 2014, 9:50 PM

&Randajad_TheTraveller , crappy mainstream music sells apparently while the gems languish in the indies. That is why it is important that we support the acts that we really like in whatever way we can. Otherwise, we will be forced to listen to crap. LOL!

allen0187 wrote on July 25, 2014, 10:16 PM

Those are great bands that you mentioned AthenaGoodlight . I'm a big Bush and RHCP fan. I got to watch Bush when they played here. RHCP played recently as well but the concert tickets cost an arm and leg so I didn't get to go.

bestwriter wrote on July 25, 2014, 10:21 PM

I must and I will. I prefer the birds around me that sing away, chirp away. I have captured them in my video recording - countless of them (lol)

allen0187 wrote on July 25, 2014, 10:23 PM

KimRemesch , you are one COOL mom. It is also good to know that although, you didn't censor your daughter, you still placed some limitations. Of course, I'm sure, your daughter understood and followed your request.

nbaquero wrote on July 25, 2014, 10:49 PM

allen0187 So I was missing Eraserheads, I never heard of them before. Just found out there were a Filipino rock band. I did enjoy the challenge, thanks so much.

allen0187 wrote on July 26, 2014, 8:47 PM

nbaquero , nah man. I mentioned Eraserheads, I think you missed No doubt. It was the first band I mentioned.

allen0187 wrote on July 26, 2014, 8:49 PM

Sounds of nature is a preference of mine as well bestwriter . I prefer the rolling of the waves and would you believe, the howling winds and the crash of thunder.

bestwriter wrote on July 26, 2014, 8:58 PM

Crash of thunder? Oh no! That gives me the jitters. Thunder is destructive here particularly. Anyway tastes differ (lol)

nbaquero wrote on July 26, 2014, 10:17 PM

allen0187 Don't speak! I absolutely missed No Doubt... you are right!

rustedmemory wrote on October 21, 2014, 11:01 AM

It was a very good era of music but there was also a lot of crap. No rose tinted glasses here. Great post!

rustedmemory wrote on October 21, 2014, 11:06 AM

I was hesitant on the Incubus and Red Hot Chili Peppers back in the day, but now I am not "Too cool" to like some of the more mainstream rock bands of the day!

allen0187 wrote on October 21, 2014, 10:01 PM

I liked a lot of the earlier music of both Incubus and RHCP. I'm surprised how much their musical style has changed all throughout the years rustedmemory .

allen0187 wrote on October 21, 2014, 10:03 PM

Agree with you about the 90s having a lot of crap music... mostly manufactured bands by corporate record labels riding the alternative bandwagon.

motrojam wrote on December 9, 2014, 11:25 PM

Wow, I like how old articles still get exposure here. Glad to see familiar names here in Persona Paper.