The Grunge/90s Alternative Thread


Jul 21, 2007
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In my opinion, grunge and 90s alternative is the best music to ever grace my eardrums.

Bands like Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Hole, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Tool, Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, etc;

are there any other 90s music and superhero fans out there? :yay:
I normally go through music "phases" and my grunge phase is over for now :csad:
Nirvana's superb, as well as Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. Foo Fighters is great, too :woot: I gotta delve back into grunge one of these days.
Huge fan of the 90s alternative scene. My favorites are:

Jeff Buckley
PJ Harvey
Sonic Youth
My Bloody Valentine
Smashing Pumpkins
Fiona Apple
I love 90s alternative. I'd say my top 10 favorites from the time are:

R.E.M. (a much older band than the others, but they were still great in the 90s)
Teenage Fanclub (extremely underrated band)
Smashing Pumpkins
Foo Fighters

I love The Replacements and Pixies too, but they weren't around much in the 90s. I also really like cheesy late 90s bands like Third Eye Blind and Matchbox Twenty because I loved them when I was a kid. I'm not that into grunge other than Nirvana and Soundgarden; I like it well enough but I'm not much into hard rock.
I feel Nirvana is a tad overrated. That's not to say they didn't make good music, because they did. I own all their albums. My point is had Cobain not ended his life, I think Nirvana's impact on popular culture would have been much different. It's my honest opinion that Pearl Jam is the greatest band to come out of the 90's. To this day they are still putting out consistently great records. It would be interesting to have seen how Nirvana would have changed over a progression of time. What would that band sound like today?
I've become a pretty big fan of "grunge"-era music (which was never really an actual genre), especially Pearl Jam. I kind of agree that Nirvana was overrated, at least in the musical sense. Cobain was a great writer but he couldn't play his instrument or sing very well, but you could argue that is what defined their sound and the alternative rock scene at the time.
Very mixed bag for me.

I quite literally hate Nirvanna.

I loved Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins though.
I never really liked Nirvana, either.

I've never been into Pearl Jam, although they are a great band.

Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Faith No More and Jeff Buckley are my favourites of this era.
nirvana and alice in chains run mah LIFE.

i love lots of bands from the 90's. NIN, korn,smashing pumpkins, faith no more, etc.
I always thought Alice In Chains were better than Nirvana.

Hole is underrated and a great band, if you put your thoughts about Courtney Love aside and respect that she is a good musician.
It's weird because I love late 80's to early 90's Alternative Rock, but I don't care for Grunge at all. The big grunge bands are mostly okay, but I really love the rock scene at the time. Bands like Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies, Jane's Addiction, Sonic Youth, The Cure (if they count) are among my favorites.
I just discovered a band called Sleater Kinney, it's an all female band with grunge undertones and a cool sound.
Smashing Pumpkins is still my all-time favorite band - absolutely love all the bands in this thread
Hopefully Living Colour will have a new album out this year. I'd like to see them do an arena tour.
Anyone listened to the newest Smashing Pumpkins record? I bought it but haven't listened to it.
The new SP is pretty good. Better than Oceania by a huge margin.
Nirvana is one of my all time favorite bands.

I don't care if people claim they're overrated.

No grunge music resonated with me like Nirvana. For some reason the melodies and lyrics just connect with unlike any other.
The new SP is pretty good. Better than Oceania by a huge margin.

I disagree actually. Really enjoyed Oceania. Felt like a nice nod back to early Smashing Pumpkins, and while some songs weren't as good as others, I'd say it was a very solid 8 out of 10 album. The new one on the other hand was not bad, and had maybe 2 or 3 pretty good songs, but it felt like something Billy threw together over a weekend. With every song being around 3-4 minutes, it felt like the album was over before it even got started. I still thought it was more good than bad, but maybe a 6.5 or weak 7 out of 10.
I feel like the Foo Fighters are slipping a bit, since Sonic Highways was okay with me.

The new Alice In Chains singer is growing on me a lot.
I'd just like to add Rage Against The Machine to the mix even if it might be classed as rock.
Best era in music for me. My #1 band of all time will always be the Smashing Pumpkins, even if it's gotten to the point where I want to slam my head into a wall whenever Billy Corgan gives an interview. Other favorites of the grunge/alternative/industrial variety:

Alice in Chains
Pearl Jam
Nine Inch Nails
Stabbing Westward (now The Dreaming)
KMFDM (they don't exactly count because they were around way before the 90s but they've had varying lineups over the years)
Rage Against the Machine
Jane's Addiction
Brother Kane
The Verve Pipe
The Cranberries
Butthole Surfers
Counting Crows
Collective Soul
Gin Blossoms

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