NuMetal is the reason ‘90s alternative music died out. Agree? Disagree?

Rick Beato has a fairly convincing argument. Take, for example, Live and Throwing Copper. “As the 90s progressed, Live basically disappeared,” he says. After 2000, the band basically vanished. They weren’t alone: Everclear, Sugar Ray,Tonic, Dishwalla, Bush, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Paula Cole, Counting Crows, his list goes on. 

“These are bands who had all their fame in the ‘90s and disappeared,” he says. Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Tool, Creed, Green Day, Weezer, Incubus and others were big and didn’t vanish. 

Curious? Hear him out. 

Amber Healy

I write about music policy and lawsuits because they're endlessly fascinating.

2 thoughts on “NuMetal is the reason ‘90s alternative music died out. Agree? Disagree?

  • January 26, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    I have some thoughts and feedback on his perspective of which bands and artists were popular pre/post 2000.

  • January 26, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    I agree; would move the dial to suggest that 9/11 and the cultural shift (angst) , economic fallout etc along with the consolidation of media conglomerates effectively killed alt music splintering into the pop friendly “AAA” on the radio vs. the nu-metal which really went underground.


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