A Capsule of 90’s Music Until The 21st Century
Most everyone knows or have heard of the giant change in the popular music landscape form the period of the late 80’s that seemed more like a mixture of Pop and Heavy Metal as well a trend in hip hop that would shift in the 90’s. It seemed like the music industry was more of a machine cranking out the sure thing with little exposure or avenue for anything offbeat or different like an informercial that would never stop. In early 91 that would be changing like a gulp of fresh water in a parched dry desert.
We are talking about Nirvana, however thankfully there were other bands and more that helped the scene along that was called “grunge” or “alternative” because there was barely the perfect word to describe the genre or the scene so “alternative” or “grunge” had been the most commonly used description.
Though, the alternative bands were playing and making songs in the 80’s. It was mainly out of the mainstream. However, with bands such as Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Screaming Trees, Stone Temple Pilots and others it started to be more viable for some reason. Maybe the productions were better and the songwriting was more poetic and recognizable like the chord changes in some Beatles tunes.
It was a wave, or a zeitgeist that was very powerful and had lasted about three years in it’s true quality with great songs that are still to this day not able to be duplicated. Thankfully we have devices called records and cd’s or it would be a travesty not to have access to that time in history, music history.
By 1994 that grunge landscape was morphing into a difficult to identify genre. I thought that there were a lot of great songs from then until around 98-99. The grunge and alternative music was becoming a hybrid of many styles including some pop elements. Sometimes grunge had melded with metal and of course there were the synthesizer music bands. I have had a lot of love-hate feeling about the songs form that period, but overall I thought in general is was good and better, much better than going back to the glam pop and the over tarnished slick metal. Though heavy metal seemed to be more behind the scenes, the die hard will never stop their commitment to their idols.
In some way things seemed to be going along ok, but by the late 90’s things would change and you had the death-punk metal bands with overtly enraged sound and song practically almost hard-core and in the other side of the spectrum there was the resurgence of pop and boy bands. i think it is a remembered time for the triumphs and agony of it.
One band that would quell the storm and have relief offered in both times of the late 90’s into the twenty-first century was Radiohead…Along with the band into the beginning of the 2000’s were more mellow alternative bands and albums however though, inventive and almost a reflection of the bands, the alternative bands, of the early 90’s. It was, to an alternative fan, a miracle. The scene had drifted from the pop and testosterone laden punk-rap-metal into an amorphous scene of a blending of genres that continued to today. Thankfully the alternative bands that were going into the 2000’s are still making music and albums, history seems to have repeated itself from the pop trend, that has seemed to continuously resurface. Though I would say from the early 90’s until now that the best of the grunge and alternative bands have a mark that is noticeable and has not gone away. The craftsmanship of the music was and is still doing well. Though pop keeps coming up to the mainstream. Many artists today still keep with their craft along with more techniques in production with some aid from computers.
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