Eric Hebert's Evolvor.com blog has been recently updated with an interesting article listing some forgotten rock bands of the 1990's, and we thought it would be appropriate to present the list to UG readers.
After grunge got big in the early years, many bands came into the spotlight and then vanished by the end of the decade. They may have not been the greatest band in the world, but they gave us some great songs.
Bands like Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Stone Temple Pilots will always be remembered for the era, but many other band populated the airwaves as well. Bands like Live, Oasis, Jane's Addiction, the Smashing Pumpkins, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers still get some credit they deserve. But what of the others?
Here's to some of the best rock of the 1990's.
Tonic didn't make a splash until later in the 1990's; they would produce two big hits with Open Up Your Eyes and probably their most popular song, If You Could Only See.
They would close the decade out in 1999 with the song You Wanted More.
09. Vertical Horizon
That same year another band would show up to provide a few hits to the post-grunge era. Vertical Horizon would pony up the hits Everything You Want, You're A God, and Grey Sky Morning before disappearing into rock folklore. It should be noted that the band enjoyed critical success even before making it big, and many have never heard their earlier works There and Back Again and Running on Ice, the latter featuring the drums of Carter Beauford of Dave Matthews Band fame.
Sponge is a Detroit, Michigan, rock band formed in 1991 by Vinnie Dombroski, Mike Cross, and Joey Mazzola all formerly of hard-rock band Loudhouse.
Soaked up the airwaves with the hits Molly, Plowed, and Have You Seen Mary.
07. Soul Asylum
Soul Asylum managed to put together a pretty decent catalog of music including the hits Black Gold, Somebody to Shove, Misery, and their most memorable song, Runaway Train. They recently hit the waves with their new single Stand Up And Be Strong.
06. Collective Soul
Collective Soul shouldn't be forgotten; they've managed to keep producing solid hits 'till this day.
They did make a splash during the early '90s with songs like Gel, December, Shine, and The World I Know.
05. Better Than Ezra
Better Than Ezra made a name for it self in 1994 with the hits In The Blood and the ever popular Good. They would go on to produce hits throughout the 1990's including songs like Desperately Wanting and the hit Extra Ordinary in 2001.
Their last album, Before the Robots, was released in 2005.
Who could forget Candlebox? The band was wildly successful in 1994 with the hits You and Far Behind off their self titled album, and would only go on to record two more albums (Lucy and Happy Pills) before disappearing for a while. Word on the street is that the band is back together and set to release an album sometime this year.
While many have forgotten about Australian rockers Silverchair, their true fans have not, as Silverchair have gone on to continue to make critically acclaimed album after album, and are set to release Young Modern in April. Many remember them from the hit Tomorrow which was released in 1995 while the band was still in high school.
02. Toad the Wet Sprocket
While having numerous hits in the early '90's, everybody throws their hands up when they hear the name Toad the Wet Sprocket. Then they're reminded of the hits All I Want, Somethings Always Wrong, Good Intentions, Fall Down, and Walk on the Ocean. Like many of these bands, they are back together and touring, so you still have a chance to check them out.
01. Gin Blossoms
Hey Jealousy, Allison Road, Until I Fall Away, Found Out About You, Follow You Down, and Till I Hear It From You; who could ever forget the Gin Blossoms?
They've been on the road for the past year promoting their latest album, Major Lodge Victory.
The 90's may be remembered for a lot of things, but for this blogger, the memories will always be about the music.
The entire article, with video clips, can be found at Evolvor.com