It couldn't be mixed more perfectly -- the vocals blend with the guitar like they are all the same instrument, the same river of sound. A lot. Normally a line like this would be in the midst of a tender love song, but here it's deliberately cruel and obsessively controlling. We're all in this together, sharing humanity's innate confusion. We go from beseeching an all-knowing spirit to entreating a symbol of science and rational thought who was persecuted for teaching beliefs that contradicted religious dictates, but has since been vindicated by history. Listen to 90s Alternative Rock now. Dave Pirner's restless vocals ride along with the churning guitar riff before finally ripping free during the raucous chorus. The woozy "Cure for Pain" is the title track from the band's superb second album. "Somebody to Shove" rocks and grooves with manic abandon, a runaway train of pressure that finally bursts into a fit of frustration. It fit well the zeitgeist of its era, although some critics claimed Bush was nothing but a wan imitation of other, better bands of the period. Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Oasis, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, Third Eye Blind, Vertical Horizon, Creed, The Goo Goo Dolls, Sixpense None the Richer, Matchbox Twenty, The Smashing Pumpkins, Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Lisa Loeb, The Cranberries, Pearl Jam, Alanis Morissette, Dave Matthews He begins in a half-whisper then builds intensity as the song winds to its epic climax. Gordon tries to keep it down, but doesn't seem to be able to: "I try to keep her on a short leash / I try to calm her down / I try to ram her into the ground, yeah.". The connection between musicians and heroin, of course, is not something unique to the '90s. "Ripple" reached #3 on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart and is definitive proof for the more casual fans out there that the Church is far more than just "Under the Milky Way". I don't think so". Of course, Kilbey could be indirectly referring to his own struggles with heroin during this period, about which he has been very open. While there are hundreds of extraordinary songs from this decade, here’s our list of the 50 you should never forget. "Galileo" is an expansive song that asks big questions, but is performed with intimate sincerity and beauty. His desperation heats to a boil as the song hits its climax: "And I'm waiting by the phone / Waiting for you to call me and tell me I'm not alone / Yes, I'm waiting by the phone / I'm waitin' for you to call me, call me / And tell me i'm / tell me i'm not alone!" Her most recent album released just last year, The Way It Feels, is well worth a good listen. Play on Spotify The song doesn't have a bridge per se, just a dreamy instrumental interlude with a double-tracked electric guitar that bends subtly, as if underwater. In this song Bradley Nowell taught us life is good and we need to take it easy come what may. Good Morning Spider radiates otherworldly beauty, fragility and an undercurrent of despair. The Boston-based band, led by singer and bassist Marc Sandman, followed their own rules about what rock and roll should be. BuzzFeed Staff 1. This is the song everyone knows Soundgarden from. "Down" is built on hot-wired guitar, skittery drumwork, turntable scratches that zip around like ninja knives, and a brash dancehall-inspired vocal by Nick Hexum. Linkous was wise to take it back and get the most out of it. Two drummers played for the band at various times: Billy Conway and Jerome Deupree. Nobody sounded quite like Morphine. "Santa Monica" was the bigger hit, but the harrowing "Heroin Girl" packs a much more potent sonic and emotional wallop. "Galileo" is a daydream about reincarnation, a query as to when "my soul will get it right", and a call to the famed astronomer and truth-seeker Galileo for celestial guidance. Note: These songs were originally released as a one song single… which is why we’re calling them one song here. "French Disko" was later included on Stereolab's stellar 1995 collection of stray singles and rarities, Refried Ectoplasm: Switched on, Vol. Veteran fringe-rockers Butthole Surfers scored a surprise hit with "Pepper", an oddity in the band's mostly experimental hardcore catalog. How many of us had girlfriends we just *couldn’t* get rid of? The song describes a guy who is unpredictable in all the worst ways, waiting to explode as he slides in and out of a life of danger and crime. During the verses, Sadier's monotone vocal oscillates over the rhythm like licks of blue flame wafting above a raging pyre, with a vocal countermelody weaving sinuously throughout. It opens with a quick snarl of guitar before launching into a descending bass pattern that forms the backbone of the verses, sometimes anchored with a subtle cello (which I was hearing as a baritone sax all these years). The main instrumental hooks and solos were handled by Dana Colley's deep and resonant sax. "Regret" spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart, their biggest ever hit in America. All Mixed Up – 311 Priest=Aura was the band's first album with former Patti Smith and Waterboys drummer Jay Dee Daugherty, and he brings a flowing groove to the mix that adds a bit of swing to the band's dark psychedelia. It worked, though; given the success of Pearl Jam, many bands found success vaguely approximating Pearl Jam’s sound. Just like Lump, you can’t get this song out of your head. The song made the radio and made it all the way to 21 on the Billboard charts. Alternative rock, pop music style, built on distorted guitars and rooted in generational discontent, that dominated and changed rock between 1991 and 1996. They developed their own unique sound, a hodgepodge of sorts that borrowed from alternative rock, new wave, krautrock and '60s influences, and they infused it with their unique beauty and weirdness. Live's earnest brand of emotional rock is the kind that critics enjoy bashing, but there is no denying the power and impact of their 1994 smash "Lightning Crashes". Peter Hook's bass rumbles in the midst of a simple guitar pattern and one of Bernard Sumner's smoothest vocals. One of the most prominent alternative bands of the era was The Smashing Pumpkins, who released Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness in 1995. It's pretty easy to figure that, in fact, nothing is zen, the title is bitterly sarcastic and that roiling turmoil is felt in a song practically quivering with angst. X96 IPO (A full hour a new alternative Sundays nights at 9), SLC Punx (an hour of punk music every Sunday at 10pm), Very Early Radiohead Demo Tape Goes Up For Auction, Rage Against the Machine Share Free Mini-Documentary. While that may be true in some circles, the release of Sabotage made the Beastie Boys a household name. to listen to this track again. before launching back to the chorus at the 3:43 point with guitars all barrels blazing. Even in this darkness Sandman never loses his acerbic sense of humor: "I propose a toast to my self-control / you see it crawling helpless on the floor". "Regret" has a dense rock sound compared with the generally sparse and mostly electronic arrangements on their prior album, Technique. This song is just weird, but everyone who grew up in the 90’s knows it. ", obviously a slogan borrowed from the French Resistance to the German occupation of World War II, in this case refers to a different kind of human resistance -- "French Disko" is a call for peaceful resistance to war. Rossdale also slides in lyrical references to songs by Alice in Chains ("Try to see it once my way" is nicked from their 1992 single "Would? The band's unusual bottom-heavy sound thrilled critics but never lifted them beyond cult status in the US, although they did enjoy some degree of commercial success in Europe. This probably wasn’t the first song your heard from Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam, but it quickly became one of your favorites, despite the message of the song being quite disturbing. Led by vocalist/guitarists Nina Gordon and Louise Post, who each sang lead on their own compositions, Veruca Salt's mix of ragged garage rock and strong melodic hooks was a natural fit for alternative radio. "Everything Zen" hit #2 on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart and endures today as a '90s alt-rock essential. Peter Hook told MTV news in 2013 that he considers "Regret" to be the last great New Order song, and he was right -- until 2015 when the Hook-less incarnation of the band unleashed Music Complete, easily the band's best album since Technique. What 90’s kid didn’t love Sublime? So did everyone else. 311 is the type of skater-rock band critics love to hate, but sometimes folks forget what rock and roll has always been about: attitude. The second song on this list (and not the last) from Nevermind, some would argue the best. Souvlaki to mostly uneven reviews in 1993. "), and he reverses lines by Jane's Addiction ("Your sex is violence!" from the epic "Ted, Just Admit It" becomes "There's no sex in your violence") and Living Colour ("Elvis is Dead" was a key track on their 1990 album Time's Up, and Rossdale flips it with the repeated litany of "I don't believe that Elvis is dead!") Is Christian Petzold's 'Undine' Myth or Therapeutic Dialogue? 37 Alt Rock Songs You Haven’t Thought About Since The Late ‘90s. Our introduction to Scott Weiland and STP couldn’t have been better. And then it’s crazy once you find out what it’s about. Clearly I remember the first time I heard this song… And you probably do too. By the time you heard this song you were probably already convinced that Dave Grohl was a much bigger star than you thought. Everyone knows the 90’s gave us some of the best alternative music in the history of the Universe. Although this song is definitely not a traditional blues riff, this song gave a lot of kids their first peek into the blues sound. Some will argue that the Beastie Boys were mainstream artists before this song hit the airwaves. Indie Flagship. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. If you believe down to your bones that you are an inherently flawed sinner in need of a jealous God's forbearance, you might indeed consider yourself "one with the mud" as Jars of Clay singer/songwriter Dan Haseltine does on the band's epic single "Flood". The lyrics are poetic, but relentlessly bleak: "The night comes crawling in on all fours / sucking up my dreams through the floor," Linkous sings at one point. The lyrics deal with random chance, as Haynes relates an oddball cast of characters and their sometimes deadly foibles (inspired by his youthful memories in the Texas punk-rock scene): "Another Mikey took a knife while arguing in traffic / Flipper died a natural death he caught a nasty virus / then there was the ever-present football player rapist / they were all in love with dying, they were doin' it in Texas.". If not, this was the song that pushed you over the edge. Instead of retreating, Sadier urges us to engage in "acts of rebellious solidarity" that "can bring sense in this world." 100hitz - 90's Alternative - 100hitz.com is an online radio network of free internet radio stations, featuring multiple genres of free internet radio stations, with the best in online radio and steaming audio music entertainment. When White Zombie came into the scene there were a lot of plaid-wearing grunge rockers who popped this single into their walkman. "Down" is meant as a 'thank you' to 311's fans who helped carry the band from small-town midwestern obscurity to multi-platinum success. By Stephanie Georgopulos, August 10th 2012. Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell got together and blew everyones’ brains completely out of their heads. over bracing squalls of guitar. Sadly, Morphine would cease to exist in 1999 when Sandman died suddenly of a heart attack at age 46 while on stage at a concert in Italy. The chorus is a savage repetition of "We don't need nobody else… just you and me!" About as basic as it gets when it comes to music (my high school drum teacher gave me this song to learn at my very first lesson), the chord progression is still haunting and Scott Weiland pulls you in with his lyrics and vocals. Veruca Salt was the hot band of the moment when they emerged from Chicago at the very peak of alternative rock's popularity in the mid-'90s. Everything is turned on its head -- "Everything zen? Also the song that made you realize that Kurt Cobain didn’t care. You loved it the first time you heard it. It's one of two tracks (along with superb "Liquid") from the band's debut masterfully produced by the great Adrian Belew. Produced by Peter Collins, a well-traveled rock veteran who was at the helm for many of Canadian rock titans Rush's greatest works, "Galileo" builds to a stirring climax with a swirl of harmony vocals over the syncopated rhythm. PopMatters have been informed by our current technology provider that we have to move off their service. The performance is tight -- drummer Grant Young (or more likely Sterling Campbell, who producer Michael Beinhorn brought in because he was dissatisfied with Young's performances) amps up the energy and provides a rock-solid foundation. Copyright © 2017 Broadway Media We are moving to WordPress and a new host, but we really need your help to fund the move and further development. It's hard not to be struck by the strong suspicion that the call ain't ever gonna come. Scott Weiland really doesn’t like himself. As we asked in our previous summary of the best alt rock of the 80s, what is alternative rock? The line about the cop saying, "Just another overdose! 311 released their self-titled third album during the summer of 1995, but it really blasted off the following year thanks in large part to its audacious second single, "Down". In 2015 that all changed as the original lineup reunited for the album Ghost Notes. Your Lifestyle, Your Music ", which Alexakis sings in a barely controlled fury, was actually something a policeman said following the heroin overdose of Alexakis' brother George. Sixteen songs you had on your high school mixtape and what they said about you. You bought this single on cassette and listened to it over and over until the tape broke. The lyrics are littered with pop culture references. 311 blends genres seamlessly, incorporating elements of rock, hip-hop, metal and even reggae into their sound. It was written and recorded after his near-fatal overdose caused by mixing alcohol with the medication he took to battle his crippling depression, and the album unquestionably bares those scars. "Everything Zen" was the first single by British rockers Bush, whose debut album Sixteen Stone yielded five major hits and became one of the signature albums of '90's alternative rock. This song was one of the two or three that hooked you and got you to buy that concert ticket. It's an expansive, trippy collection that drifts from one shadowy dream to another. The track seems to be about a relationship nearly derailed by some "sin" that the narrator is struggling to resist: "Did you hear the distant cry / calling me back to my sin? Classic 2-for-1 and a preview of things to come from Green Day (see: American Idiot) this song came at you fast and hard and you couldn’t help it when you hit rewind (remember rewind??) Spiritual pain and doubt can result in deeply compelling art, whether through music or another medium -- even if one doesn't subscribe to the beliefs being espoused. The die-hard fans already know. '90s-based heavy alternative like Nirvana, Soundgarden, STP, Pearl Jam and more. There are nods in "Nearly Lost You" to '70s-era psychedelic-tinged classic rock in the blistering jolts of guitar by Gary Lee Conner and relentlessly dynamic drum work by Barrett Martin. The term's original meaning was broader, referring to a generation of musicians unified by their collective debt to either the musical style or simply the independent, DIY ethos of punk rock, which in the late 1970… 50. It's a co-dependence that has persisted for decades, and seems to be worse than ever now as America struggles in the midst of a ghastly heroin epidemic stemming, in part, from rampant over-prescription of opioid painkillers. The wry couplet makes clear that the prospect of quitting drugs is painful enough to justify continuing on his destructive path, but he understands it is what it is. Black became more legendary because of how protective Eddie Vedder was of this song. If you didn’t love it you were lying to yourself and everyone around you. The chorus, rich with vocal harmonies, hangs on a single note -- ratcheting up the tension while we await relief that never comes. As the third single from their album Throwing Copper, "Lightning Crashes" became by far the band's biggest hit. Stereolab originally recorded "French Disco" for the 1993 EP Jenny Ondioline before revamping and improving it later that year, slightly changing the spelling to add the "k", and releasing it as a limited edition vinyl and CD single. Come as you are. When people found it as a B side single, they went nuts. The shock and outrage over the police treating his brother as less than human is palpable, and there is little reason to believe this is an isolated case. The song mixes a fictional character (Esther), who ends up dying alone in a field, with elements of Alexakis' real life. Ironically, there are strong echoes of that classic song in the distorted guitar and electro-rock of "Reverence", the edgy and provocative first single which became an improbable Top 10 hit in the UK. Alexakis was 12 at the time, and would endure his own struggles with addiction. From the subtle effects on Haseltine's vocal, to the glistening string section in the song's middle, to the hard-driving acoustic-guitar riffs which ring like heavy sheets of black rain on the pavement, "Flood" is musically evocative of the emotional tumult Haseltine expresses in the lyrics. Over two decades later, Souvlaki is nearly universally hailed as a masterpiece of its genre. Rancid rose from the ashes of Operation Ivy, an influential ska band that never broke through to a wide audience but helped shape the thriving '90s ska scene with bands like Pietasters, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish and others. The atmosphere is turbulent and uncertain as Nova grapples with an unrequited need. This song tells the story of one guy’s attempt. When you saw Live live, you got to see one of the best vocalists to come out of the 90’s alternative scene. Don’t know what song’s been playing on the radio? Utter nonsense. The fact that the message was delivered in this song made it gospel. 311 delivers plenty of that, with impressive musical chops to back it up. There's a detached solemnity to it, like you can never quite penetrate its secrets, but that only adds to the song's msytique. In the 90s many would have had some difficulty beyond the grunge genre (however that was defined). "We Don't Need Nobody Else" is a brutally chilling narrative from the point of view of a violent sociopath. An Alphabetical List of 105 ’90s Alternative Bands That Still Exist. It became the iconic duo's highest ever chart showing in the US, reaching #10 on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart. The beautifully lush "Galileo" was the second single from Indigo Girls' fourth album, Rites of Passage, and has become one of the highly influential duo's signature tunes. They hit up their local record shop or FYE to buy the latest and greatest alt-rock albums they could get their hands on. A lot of alternative artists at the time from Nirvana to Soundgarden incorporated grunge into their music style, but they were alternative all the same. Veruca Salt released one more album with their classic lineup -- 1997's Eight Arms to Hold You -- but Nina Gordon soon left and Louise Post carried on the band for years with a revolving cast of musicians. One family is jubilant and full of visions of hope and the future, one family grieves and remembers. One of their finest tracks is "French Disko", a piece of hard-driving space-rock. '90s Alternative Rock By Kean San Juan Ayunan. British "shoegaze" pioneers Slowdive released their second album Self-destruction and record company troubles prevented the band from building on the song's momentum, and "Pepper" remains a solitary bubble that somehow floated to the surface of a backwoods Texas swamp and popped onto the airwaves. Jars of Clay would go on to score numerous hits on Christian radio while often straddling the line between secular and spiritual, but "Flood" was their only substantial crossover success -- it reached #12 on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart. You didn’t live in the 90’s if you haven’t heard this song at least 1,000 times. Did you know Pearl Jam didn’t like this song until the 60th or so recording of it? The lyrics are carefully considered. They do it so naturally it sounds effortless. Life can change for us all in the flash of an instant, something we all know and don't often appreciate when the rigors of day to day existence leaves us wan and drained. It's a fantasy that's sparked by that all-too-human impulse of imagining a different and better life in the wake of failures and troubles that seem to weigh down our current existence, and our innate wonder about the mysteries of the afterlife and where we fit in the universe. Comment; ... it’s kind of hard to imagine any of this music was once ‘alternative.’ Because of that, I got a little liberal with my definition of what that means (though I did attempt to stay as… alt as possible). “Do you have the time to listen to me whine?” Yeah, we all did. It was a spectacular smash on alternative radio, spending an incredible nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart starting in February 1995. These 100 bands and artists' music helped define the "alternative" rock era of the '90s and influenced the next generation of indie rock this century. The station may be offline, or you may need to update your browser. Indie & Alt-Rock Guitar Heroes. They perfected a sound in which electric guitar is not the driving factor. The hippest Alternative, the friendliest Indie. The title alone gave validation to an entire generation of grunge rockers. Iconic indie artists and the latest releases. 0–9 +44; 3 Doors Down; 3OH!3; 4 Non Blondes; 7 Year Bitch; 8stops7; 10 Years; 12 Stones; 13 Engines; 54 … It was a shrewd choice, as "Regret" is instantly recognizable as New Order, but is also a progression of the band's sound for a new decade. Clocking in at only 2:24, "Time Bomb" is a tight musical punch, and one catchy enough to pogo around in your brain for days. Kind of takes you right back to the first time you ever heard Bush, doesn’t it? This song is cool. "Sick of Goodbyes" is one of its most immediate and compelling tracks. Alternative, meet metal. This song taught you that someone else had a way worse day than you did. The song flatly rejects the inevitability of violence and the abject acceptance that the world is doomed to perpetual warfare: "I've been told it's a fact of life / men have to kill one another / well I say there are still things worth fighting for." Listen to 90s Alternative Rock in full in the Spotify app. Sandman was famous for his oddly-tuned two-string bass guitar, which he often played with a slide. Nova's breathy vocals intensify the sense desperation in her search for meaning and connection -- for someone to help navigate life's unpredictable maze of travails. Religion can consume one's heart, mind and soul. All rights reserved.PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated. Taken from the Tennessee-based contemporary Christian band's self-titled debut, "Flood" became an unlikely hit on alternative radio. "Seether" reached #8 on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart and helped launch the band's debut album to significant success and acclaim. The lyrics spooked alternative radio programmers in the US who blithely ignored the song in favor of its follow-up, the less taboo "Far Out and Gone". Changed a lot of people’s lives forever. Given that this is a list of one-hit wonders, that’s saying some… There's an almost wry resignation to the song, no spark of hope that change for the better is in the cards, at least on this "vampire planet". On "Nearly Lost You", the band plays with wild abandon, barely restrained. "Somebody to Shove" is a searing garage-rocker from Minneapolis-based Soul Asylum's sixth album Grave Dancer's Union, by far their most successful release. Although Heather Nova has continued to release one solid album after another, "Walk This World" was her only substantial hit (so far) -- it reached #13 on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart. While there are hundreds of extraordinary songs from this decade, here’s our list of the 50 you should never forget. Mark Lanegan's gruff voice is an instrument powerful enough to stand up to the musical hurricane that buffets him from all sides. Nobody understands how this song could have possibly been left off of Pearl Jam’s first album. Everyone knows the 90’s gave us some of the best alternative music in the history of the Universe. May 25, 2011 ... A very long list of still-active alt-rock bands from our youth is after the jump. A subtle progression from Nevermind, this song makes 90’s kids wonder what Nirvana could have been if Kurt Cobain was still around. Why did everyone love this song so much? She's taking a chance, laying herself bare, willing to try again -- perhaps some of the desperation comes with the thought that she might not get another chance. The lyrics are abstract and dreamlike, romantic and riven with pain. Not many bands that rose to prominence in the '90s can match Screaming Trees' top-notch musicianship. The "La resistance! … 10. When you try to define the top 20 best alternative rock albums of the 90s, grunge plays an oversized role, but there was more to it. The lyrics are inscrutable and open to interpretation, but despite its upbeat nature it closes with a fatalistic stanza: "Just wait 'til tomorrow / I guess that's what they all say / just before they fall apart." ", and "Rain dogs howl for the century" refers to Tom Waits' brilliant 1985 album Rain Dogs and Allen Ginsberg's famous poem Howl. Addiction is such a constant struggle documented by many alternative rockers in the '90s that it's easy to see references everywhere, even when it might not be the case. Gavin Rossdale's stiff sandpaper voice cuts through the massive waves of guitar, croaking out anxiety-choked lyrics of a world run amok. by Brian Galindo. ENJOY COLLECTING 90s ALTERNATIVE ROCK ALBUMS? With its repeated calls of "I want to die just like Jesus Christ", "Reverence" incorporates a gritty industrial vibe, heavy electronic beats and dense snarls of reverbed guitar. "Everything Zen" was the first single by British rockers Bush, whose debut album Sixteen Stone yielded five major hits and became one of the signature albums of '90's alternative rock. Song after song this guy named Billie Joe Armstrong was unloading every feeling he ever had on anyone who would listen, but even the songs with depressing messages were delivered in a happy, up-beat manner like no one else had ever done. Perhaps. If you’re not, you still remember hearing this song. The track was propelled on to alternative radio thanks in part to its inclusion on the highly popular and influential soundtrack to the film Singles, which also included tracks by Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, and Alice in Chains. Listen to the entire playlist right here: Get the latest music news, contests and flyaways, and more straight to your inbox with our weekly emails. He flexes his power over someone he can (or thinks he can) control. It's a slice of hyper-kinetic rock, the restless groove of youth in the form of three potent minutes of radioactive spunk. "Flood" finds Haseltine on his knees, begging for redemption, beseeching his God to save him from "drowning again". Bands are listed alphabetically by the first letter in their name (not including "The"), and individuals are listed by the first name. Aptly titled, this song gave birth to Pearl Jam when Eddie Vedder first sang vocals to an early instrumental track. "Seether" was their first single, a frazzled rocker sung by Nina Gordon about a sorta Jeckyl & Hyde scenario. RHCP front man Anthony Kiedis bares his soul in this song, and some would say this song made RHCP. A 225+ Song 90s Alternative Playlist. © 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. "Sick of Goodbyes" is wrenching sadness wrapped in a glow of a heartbreaking beauty that you somehow know is temporary. From the ashes of Nirvana came Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters, and much to everyone’s surprise Grohl wasn’t playing the drums. Everclear frontman Art Alexakis has his own nightmares to tell, as the raging bitterness in "Heroin Girl" makes clear. The lead single from Bermuda-born singer/songwriter Heather Nova's second album Oyster is "Walk This World", a dramatic acoustic rocker bleeding with desire. It's clear these guys would know a time bomb when they see one. Easy to use internet radio. Steve Kilbey's dusky baritone is in particularly fine form as he navigates the cascading guitar and strings that give "Ripple" its shadowy grace. Neil Halstead is indeed floating, but no need to suggest we not be stoned. Reid equates those two fabled figures with rock stars whose deaths bring near deification and a reverence that becomes, in some cases, bigger and more substantial then the music itself. My Hero was often mistaken as a tribute to Kurt Cobain, but was actually just a song about everyday heroes who try to make a difference in the world. The narrator seems to be caught in the throes of love with someone who seems locked in the grip of addiction: "I lent you some collateral to buy new clothes / it went out the window and up your nose / and that's the end of the honeymoon". The 90s alternative celebrated isolation, rebellion and independent expression. It's a powerful glimpse into a disturbed mind, and vocalist Fearghal McKee convincingly and fearlessly inhabits the manic rage and obsessive need for control that his character exhibits. Or just wait a little longer. 181.FM 90's Alternative - 181.FM Internet Radio - The Best Choice for Radio. 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