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50 Forgotten Bands of the 90s

The NME (via Danny) has put together an interesting list of 90s bands that most of us have wiped from our memory. For example, do you remember Wheatus?

Or how about Curve? I was in love with Toni Halliday…

Babylon Zoo! They were HUGE for a while!

Sneaker Pimps. This was a big alt-rock dance hit in the trip hip era.

I was just thinking about 3 Colours Red the other day…

You can view the entire list here. It does have its shortcomings and contains just one Canadian band, but I’m sure there are plenty more we could add. Any suggestions.

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5 thoughts on “50 Forgotten Bands of the 90s

  • I never knew Teenage Dirtbag was sung by a guy!

  • Can’t believe that anyone that ever liked Curve could/would forget them.

    I’d throw Ned’s Atomic Dustbin on the list. I’m a fan, but they seem forgotten by most nowadays. Even by NME!

  • Considering their continued radio play, I doubt Stone Temple Pilots, Crash Test Dummies, Veruca Salt, Gin Blossoms and 4 Non Blondes are exactly forgotten.

    There are plenty of other bands that sold quite a few records who have disappeared from corporate radio playlists that merit inclusion. A lot of the bands on this list only put out one record.

    How about Spacehog, Tricky, Ween, That Dog, Cracker, Liz Phair, Michael Penn, Aimee Mann, Eric’s Trip, Jellyfish, The Inbreds, Thrush Hermit, Everything But The Girl, Luscious Jackson or Sugar? You’ll be hard pressed to hear anything by these artists anymore unless you play the CD yourself.

  • What does it say about me if I remember about 1/3 bands on that list?

  • Speaking of forgotten 90s bands, I’m digging the new Therapy? album that came out last week, Disquiet.

    They fell off the North American radar after 1994’s Troublegum (the hits were Screamager and Nowhere), but they’ve steadily released 10 albums since. I think they’re all decent, but a couple of poppy highlights for me were 1998’s Semi-Detached (heard it on 102.1 all of twice), and 2003’s High Anxiety.


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