OT: 90's rock

Ahhh 90s rock it was the best of times It was the worst of times probably the 2nd best decide of rock music (70s rock will never be surpassed for a lot of people) but my always favorite flavor of rock will all ways be the 90s. From the calm but chaotic Black album by the All mighty Metallica to the crazy fast paced in your face Self title Slipknot album I'm gonna talk about some of my favorite bands and albums of the 90s over the next few weeks/months First thing I like to say that this is probably going to be a long thread so if you read the whole thing I like to say thank you and I hope y'all put some input as well I always up for some more rock bands to listen too. Band no 1 im going to talk about is TOOL. Tool in the early 90s was fucking mean opiate is such a mean EP except for Sweat and Cold and Ugly but Hush. My good hush is such a in your face song for a song about anti censorship it's angry I'm mean the first 2 words of the first song is Fuuuucccckkkk Youuuuu!! It pumps me up Jerk off is another angry song and then you have OPIATE God this song is good But enough of this short album onto UNDERTOW is 8x times a better album than Opiate from the first song Intolerance all the Way to Flood is a 10/10 album The dark sad and depression Prison Sex and the Dark and Angry Sober were the lead singles from this album and for good reason plus other gems like Flood Undertow Bottom And Swamp Song Are straight up bangers now onto Anemia Tool had a change of bassist for this album but it made their sound more evolved and better. this album had 5 lead singles Stinkfist H 46&2 Pushit and Anemia which all of them are straight up 10/10 Songs plus songs third eye and eulogy make this album a must listen. If anybody got any tool questions or want more information on another 90s rock band just ask away ill make another long post on Sunday about incubus.

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I'm more of a "Summer hits of the 90's" kinda guy

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What happens first, Tool releases their next album or UVA beats Tech?

O/U 3.5 years. Who you taking?

That's a really good bet ill take the under

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Going by your user name, I thought you'd list Primus, but you didn't list Primus, and now I am wondering why your name is APrimusHokie?

I think he doesn't like AP classes, AP rim us Hokies. Its likely just a punctuation issue.

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

I'll get to primus one day

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After reading this topic post, I'd definitely guess punctuation issue.

Leonard. Duh.

I should have known I could count on Leonard

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

Rock died in 1980.

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Why you dissing the 80s??

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80s was all metal

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My 80s rock is limited it probably going to take me a year or 2 to make an 80s rock post

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Fair enough. And what about the 60s??

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Jimi Hendrix early Rolling Stones early Led and early The Who

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The 80s was primarily pretty crappy hair metal, but the decade did give us "Africa" by Toto. I would argue one of the better songs ever. You really have no idea what it's even about, but just a great song. In fact the whole album Toto IV is great.

Not my 80's.

The Police, Talking Heads, Pixies, Prince, Psychedelic Furs, New Order, The Smiths, REM, B52s, U2, The Cure, Jesus and Mary Chain, Blondie, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, The Go-Go's, OMD, Beastie Boys, Tears for Fears, Chili Peppers, The Cult, The Pretenders, and even Elvis Fucking Costello would like a word.

Leonard. Duh.

Agreed. 80s alt/new wave was pretty excellent.

You make a great point, and I hate to have to point this out, but somehow the Go-Go's, Tears for Fears, and Beastie Boys made it on to your rock list, when they're clearly something else.

It's all just music to me.

Also, while The Go-Go's Beauty and the Beat album took some flack at the time, it's actually a nice album. Good harmonization, lyrics, and they put in some studio work on that thing.

Leonard. Duh.

They were a fun band. Their tunes were very catchy, and Belinda Carlisle was a stunner.

Talking Heads. . .REM

Leonard gets it.

I would root for the Russians before I would root for Virginia.

It did. I'm playing in an 80's cover band and several of the songs we play I had either never heard at all, or turned off as soon as they came on the radio.

It is fun though

edit: should be under previous post..."Rock died in 1980"

You forgot Lateralus. Quite possibly their best song. I'd agree Aenima was a better album on the whole though. Solid post - I'm looking forward to seeing more.

Lateralus came out in 2001 so when I get to 00s rock I'll talk about the best rock album of the 2000s

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No mention of Creed or Nickleback the two GOAT 90's rock bands?

Big time /s

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Creed first album was actually really good

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I could give a pass to Creed, but Nickleback!?!?

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Nickelback sucks and not the way primus sucks

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Creed was great.

Nickleback not deserving to be in the same thread.

I fuckin love Creed! Even if you don't care for their music, you can't deny that Stapp and Tremani were one of the best vocalist/guitarist duos of the late 90s

Speaking of which, the greatest concert review ever written:

DC Experiences the Stappasm

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

That's the way all reviews should be written, but unfortunately, all bands aren't Creed.

EDIT: meant as reply...

I have a Tool question: When the hell will they finally get around to releasing a new album? I've been waiting for that for years. I'm starting to wonder if 10,000 days was more than just an album title, but also a timetable. We're only at day 4,220 now. [angry emoji]

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

2019 or 2020

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No mention of Alice in Chains? I know you say there are more posts coming, but to not even mention them is journalistic malpractice! As much as I love Metallica (though their 80's work was far superior to their 90's and later music) and respect Slipknot, Alice in Chains is the clear #2, close behind Tool in the pantheon of 90's rock.

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

I'll get to Alice in chains Next week

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My favorite band and singer (Layne Staley - RIP) of all time.

AIC should have never made any more albums after Layne died

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You can never have too much AIC, in my opinion. Losing Layne was a heartbreaker, but I always thought Jerry Cantrell was more the heart and soul of the band anyway. I have been really impressed with the two albums they put out in the last decade or so, which surprised the hell out of me.

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

DuVall just doesn't get any emotion out of me

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For those of us into alt-rock & indie music, the 90's were probably the peak (particularly the early-to-mid 90's). Heavier rock kinda lost me when the likes of Disturbed/Korn/Limp Bizkit/Linkin Park were all over the place. It took Queens of the Stone Age to bring me back into the fold in the early 00's.


Oh dear god

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From what I can tell, the 90's did what they could to kill rock.

Early to mid 2000s almost killed rock

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Saved by the White Stripes.

QoTSA were at their peak, too.

Ima let yall finish but Third Eye Blind is one of the greatest bands ever. EVER.

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

Are you kidding? They're nice background for a BBQ with the kids.

See: Led Zeppelin; Black Sabbath.

They're the greats.

Leaving out the Stones here is damn near criminal. They basically invented the genre as we know it.

My list wasn't meant to be all-inclusive, but yes, the Stones definitely are on the list of greats, as is Aerosmith.

See: Led Zeppelin; Black Sabbath.

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Tool is okay. Their drummer is what makes them, though. He's in Neil Peart and Stu Copeland territory.

Leonard. Duh.

Must. Not. Downvote. For. Opinions.

No matter how nonsensical they are. Tool is pretty easily the best rock band of my lifetime. (and I'm getting pretty old) This is a hill I'm ready to die on. Come at me bro!

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

Went to a Tool show back in 1998. Maynard's just too creepy for me. It was part of the tour where he's just in a dayglow blue body suit the whole time.

I did once know a guy who thought he was a fire hydrant, though...

Leonard. Duh.

No mention of Hootie?

Am I going to get flogged if I mention Blink-182? 😨

That team sure did suck last night. They just plain sucked! I've seen teams suck before, but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.

No you should be lauded

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... for the guts to bring up that nonsense.

Lol I regret nothing!

That team sure did suck last night. They just plain sucked! I've seen teams suck before, but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.

I'm just going to say in my honest opinion Blink 182 makes me want to jump off a bridge

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Their music just makes me want THEM to jump off a bridge.

I legit had a dream where I was on a bridge and someone started playing All the small things and I said oh fuck this and I jumped off

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They should definitely outlaw that song on bridges. Well, with an exception for coaches whose last name is Narduzzi. When he's on the bridge, definitely play it.

Sounds like you took your time, you hurried up; the choice was yours and you didn't think enough. At any rate, I wish you would've stepped back from that ledge, my friend.

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

I never did like blink 182 and then a girl I liked loved them now that we don't talk anymore I hate them even more

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No explanation required.

I'm just saying why I don't like em

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Dude Ranch was one of the best pop/skate punk albums of that time period, up there with Less Than Jake's Losing Streak, Suicide Machine Destruction by Definition, Green Day's Dookie, and the best of them all, Lagwagon's Let's Talk About Feelings.

The Warped Tours during that time were EPIC and brought out NOFX, Bad Religion, and Pennywise too. I just wish I would have appreciated it more at the time.

After Dude Ranch, blink182 fired their alcoholic drummer, hired Travis Barker, and went full on pop music. F*ck em. Barkers brilliant though.

The 90s were Phish's best years

Everybody knows Avail was the best 90s band, duh.

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

I'm not sure that "mean", "angry", "dark", "sad", and "depression" equals great. Obviously it resonates with many people sharing many similar emotions, and Tool gets a lot of acclaim accordingly. They are very talented musically and have a bit of a unique signature.

The great thing about music is there's something for everyone and I don't expect others to like what I like. But I rarely go out of my way to feel worse and when I hear some of these songs, I find myself wanting them to "come out of it" and get to the good part. But there is no good part.

Emotion is a big part of music. a lot of singers sings about emotional things that have happened in their lives like Prison Sex is about how Maynard ( The singer for tool ) was sexually abused by his step father when he was a kid and he puts the sad depression emotions into the his lyrics. It almost makes me cry every time I hear that song

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oh, it's heavy, emotional stuff; and that's what he pours into the music and why it is so successful in connecting with people.

it's just not my thing. i wouldn't go see it in a movie, read it in a book, and don't listen to it for entertainment. there is no "release" for me. but if someone is in a place like that or has great compassion for that circumstance, i totally get it.

Any Smashing Pumpkins folks around these parts?

Danny Coale Caught That Ball!!!

Hell yeah!

I was there at the Salem Civic Center in spring of '94. I still listen to the Siamese Dream album.

Yup, pretty much anything before Mellon Collie.

Yeah I can't really get into anything after Mellon collie

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Nice pull there. Saw them at Hampton Coliseum in 97, Melancholy and Infinite Sadness tour. They covered Sweet Home Alabama at the end.

I can't be the only one who thought this while reading OP can I?

But music wise Red Hot Chili Peppers made some of their best music in the 90s.

I'm not good with my periods or question marks or any of them. Also RHCP is pretty good

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Any 90's rock discussion should include the best live band of the era: The Jesus Lizard. Saw them 10's of times in the 90s, on the 2009 reunion tour (still better live than almost any band around back then), and I'm heading to Nashville for the 2017 reunion show.

A taste: Nub, from 1991's Goat

wow. My first thought from that sample is:

"if you turn it up loud enough it just sounds like you're varying the speed as you saw through metal."

I think that's what they're going for, though.

{Sweet, 90's rock thread}

....clicks open thread.......reads about Tool and Primus......

{Well, that was a bucket full of disappoint.}

I got a schedule Sunday Incubus next Wednesday AIC Next Sunday Stone temple pilots

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Incubus? Really? There are a lot of bands that I don't like, but I can at least understand why others might enjoy them. Incubus does not fall into that group. I'm looking forward to your assessment to see if I can figure it out.

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90s Incubus was some of the best music I ever listen too

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now we have some common ground! musically, i love what they do and it is a blast to play

SCIENCE and Make Yourself are in my top ten favorite albums of all time

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Nice! Now you don't have to do Wed. Done!

"It's always great to beat UVA, that makes us all smarter and better looking for a couple days".

In addition to Smashing Pumpkins, you have to include early Pearl Jam, the Godfathers, Cracker, Screaming Trees, STP, Bush, Dinosaur Jr., NiN, Blind Melon had a couple of good songs, Green Day (although that might have been the worst concert I ever went to...at George Mason in 94 or 95). I was never a big Nirvana fan.

Nirvana's "Nevermind" is a classic.

Smells like Teen Spirit captures teen angst pretty well.


Camper Van Beethoven > Cracker. Although they may have broke up before the 90's started.

OK, maybe Cracker had one good song..."Low"...and we drunkenly cranked it just this weekend at a reunion of my oldest friends in Atlanta for the GT game.

OK, maybe Cracker had one good song

Oh, WTF. I gotta abort thread.

Not to crap on your post, but I was in college in the 90s and looking back I feel like it was a pretty sucktastic decade for music.

Most of the rock was supremely pretentious, most of it was 90% style and 10% substance. Remember, it was called "alternative rock" back then, because the most important thing for fans in the 90s was that you somehow knew about them before all the other behind-the-curve losers caught on. But in reality it was totally mainstream stuff. WFHS was like the 2nd biggest radio station on the East Coast, but still pretended like they knew something you didn't know.

IMO, most 90s bands really fail the test of time. They sound dated now, and pretty much no one listens to them. They certainly aren't picking up many new fans as far as I can see. Contrast that with 60s and 70s bands like the Beatles, Pink Floyd or the Eagles, who continued to sell millions of albums 10, 20, 30 years later. All that being said, music is pretty subjective and that's just my two cents.

The doll's trying to kill me and the toaster's been laughing at me.

Very good point IMO. There are a few 90's bands that I feel have outlived the decade but not like the Stones, or LZ, or others you mentioned. Maybe APrimus or someone can move this back a couple of decades.

I will get to the 70s one day

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I really feel that after Brian Jones left (kicked out) that they sucked.

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Opinions can't be wrong, but this one is close. Their three best albums are Let It Bleed (which only had Brian on two tracks), Exile on Main Street, and Sticky Fingers (the first two albums after he died). Brian Jones was easily the second best musician in the Band, behind Charlie Watts, but the band was at its peak without him.

I'll give you SF!

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There were a handful of bands from the 90's who have stood the test of time:
Alice in Chains
Faith No More
Rage Against the Machine
Pearl Jam
Live (their first couple albums...they went downhill pretty quickly after that)

The decade wasn't a total wasteland, as it's often portrayed.

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

Faith No More

I saw them at the auditorium in Burrus Hall. We used to have some great bands come play on campus back in the day.

Saw Faith....open for NY and Crazy Horse. All 4 of us left calling them talent no more. Maybe a bad night?

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Perhaps Sobriety No More might have been a better moniker. I've never seen them play in person, but the few youtube videos I've seen of their live shows have not been good. Usually because they appear to be drunk or high out of their minds.

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post needs moar Ween

GodWeenSatan, The Pod, Pure Guava, Chocolate and Cheese, 12 Golden Country Greats (which only had 9 tracks on it), The Mollusk....cmon. All their best music came out in the 90s.

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

I've never listen to Ween

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I think you would like them. They are a little more melodic than some of the bands you've listed here, but when Deaner gets that wastey brown tone on his guitar...forget about it. Their albums can be kind of an acquired taste but they're an incredible live band, there are hundreds of recordings of them on archive.org

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

Ween and Primus are cut from a similar vein in that it seems people either Love them or Hate them. There aren't many opinions in between. Personally, I like Dean Ween Group better than Ween

STP announced a new singer yesterday. New song was released too. About 15 minutes of a concert have popped up on youtube as well.

Not bad. Sounds Weiland-esque while still doing his own thing.

I'm gonna be the weird kid again (just like high school) and point out Marilyn Manson of the 90's only to have all yall scoff and point like LOLUVA fans aren't I?

“I remember Lee Corso's car didn't get out of the parking lot.” -cFB

Not from me

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Finally a thread where I can get this off my chest...Nirvana is way overrated! Give me Pearl Jam or Alice in Chains all day over them

Dimebag Darrell. GOAT

Leg! Cowboys from Hell is my favorite album by Pantera.


This video is from 1991 but Dime's skillset from the 3:07 minute mark till the end locks down the decade (IMO). I welcome all challenges to a better solo/riff.

That guy could play guitar.

I don't know if your challenge was meant to include other decades, but for the sake of discussion I humbly submit a couple of rockers from the 70's for your enjoyment.

Hughie Thomasson of The Outlaws.

Green Tides and High Grass Forever

Ted Nugent:


Leg for Green Grass and High Tides -- the soundtrack to my youth.

"Tajh Boyd over the middle . . . and it's caught for an interception! Michael Cole, lying flat on his back, ARE YOU KIDDING???"

"Kings and queens bow and play for you..."

Hells yes! Added these jewels to my wprk out playlist. Thanks

The Offspring Smash It Up
Nick Cave

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Can't talk about 90's Rock without the Godfather of Rock being mentioned, Ozzy. Many bands mentioned in this got their start from being featured at Ozzfest, of which I attended from 1998 to 2005. Check Out these Lineups. My personal favorite year was 2000, where Godsmack, then Pantera, opened up for Ozzy. So lucky to have seen Pantera before Dime Bag died. It was an awesome show.

Ozzy is relevant in any era of Rock and influenced countless bands!


You're right, but we did mention him (indirectly) as a member of Black Sabbath in the 80's.

Sadly, they played their last show together (from their farewell tour) in February.

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Actually I don't know why I didn't think about all the great Irish & UK bands of the early 90's. In 1991 alone, Primal Scream's Screamadelica, My Bloody Valentine's Loveless, and Teenage Fanclub's Bandwagonesque all were released. Radiohead would hit their peak in the mid-90's.

90's music? Haven't heard that name in a long time. At least not since the last time we discussed this. What a great decade. Y'all are gonna learn something today.

We started with the tail end of the hair metal era and 80s excess and with metal becoming more mainstream. Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie, Soundgarden

Then came grunge and flipped the entire world upside down. Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Pearl Jam.

Punk and ska shifted towards pop. Green Day, Blink-182, Unwritten Law, Weezer, Goldfinger! Offspring!

But the 'rock' of the day wasn't really any of those - it was 'alternative' and it was whole albums packed with awesome stuff. Stone Temple Pilots Purple, RHCP Blood Sugar Sex Magic, Live Throwing Copper, Bush Sixteen Stone, Offspring Smash, Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream, Counting Crows August and Everything After, Blues Traveler Four, Hootie and the Blowfish Cracked Rear View, Silverchair Frogstomp, and self-titled albums by Collective Soul, Goldfinger, and, best of all, Sublime.

And that doesn't even count the one-off songs! Blur Song 2, Candlebox Far Behind, Alanis Morissette Ironic, Third Eye Blind SemiCharmed Life, Barenaked Ladies One Week, Harvey Danger Flagpole Sitta, Blind Melon No Rain, Foo Fighters Everlong (not the acoustic version), Fuel Hemorrhage In My Hands, Jane's Addiction Jane Says, Lit My Own Worst Enemy, Smashmouth Allstar, Oasis Wonderwall, Primitive Radio Gods Phone Booth song, REM's End of the World as we Know It & Losing My Religion, Reel Big Fish Sellout, Sponge Waxecstatic, Toadies Possum Kingdom, The Verve Bittersweet Symphony, The Wallflowers One Headlight, Incubus Drive, Spin Doctors Two Princes, 311 Down.

I guess we aren't talking hip hop or rap, so Tupac Shakur and Snoop's Doggystyle won't get a mention but they were there too! End of the Road! Gangsta's Paradise! Tribe Called Quest! Warren G Regulators! The Fugees! Beastie Boys!

But let's not forget there was some total sh!t in that decade. Anything by Cake, Rage Against the Machine (although if you didn't love Bulls on Parade then f!ck you), later Blink-182, other similar crap.

Yes, indeed the 90's was a prime time for delightful rock music, comparable in quality only to the 'decade' from the late 60's to the mid-to-late 70's. Now y'all know what's up.

REM's best music was in the 80's, before they went all poppy. If you can understand the lyrics, it's not part of their good stuff.

I've got my spine I've got my Orange Crush

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Local H (check out High Fiving MF), Melvins, Stabbing Westward.. the list goes on. I'd like to throw out an individual effort award to Mike Patton as well. Best known as the lead singer of Faith No More (replacing the recently departed Chuck Moseley R.I.P.), he also formed and fronted great but quirky acts like Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk (with members of The Jesus Lizard and Helmet), Peeping Tom, and Fantomas to name just a few! IMO the true musical genius of the '90's.

All of a sudden, I found myself in love with the world
So there was only one thing that I could do
Was ding a ding, dang my dang a long ling long....

Seems as good a place to put this as any:

RIP Malcom Young.


Taking his first ride on the Highway to Hell! From what he told me, Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be.

Sorry for any incubus fans out their I'm trying to get it done now but I'm sleepy as fuck and every time I get halfway Amazon pops up with a "1000" dollar gift card thing or my kindle has 7 viruses from porn so hopefully I can get it done tomorrow

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If anybody has been wondering why I haven't got to the bands I said I was gonna talk about. 1# I've been sick as fuck since the start of fall and number 2# is I'm fighting some depression right now so I don't know when I will get to any band right now

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