14 Bands That Were Hailed as the “Next Nirvana”

I remember when I first heard of Sloan.  They were snapped up by DGC, Nirvana’s label, and trumpeted as being the “next Nirvana.”  Halifax was briefly thought to be Seattle east.

‘Course, that’s not how things worked out for Sloan.  But they weren’t the only “next Nirvanas” out there.  Here’s a list of other artists major labels were sure had the potential to deliver their own Neverminds.  Some did all right.  Others not so much.

The Boredoms?  Really?  Yep.  At one time.  Here’s a collage of material from their 1992 album, Pop Tatari. Hear any commercial potential here?  No, I didn’t think so.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “14 Bands That Were Hailed as the “Next Nirvana”

  • December 10, 2012 at 1:57 am

    In fairness, the concept of "hearing commercial potential" is sort of bullshit anyway. Did anybody hear "commercial potential" in Smells Like Teen Spirit: it's art, you release it, it catches fire…or it falls flat.

    All those sold out shows at Neumos are a tip, but they don't mean anything in Minneapolis.

    Witness Dan Mangan, a man whose massive popularity in Canada remains a mystery to anybody in Los Angeles where he'd still be booked into a bar.


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