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Meat Puppets

Curt Kirkwood was born on 10 January 1959, his brother Cris less than two years later, on 22 October 1960. The brothers were born...

Menswe@r

Daydreamer (1995) was the only song this short-lived band had in their arsenal when they started. It turned out to be the only one they...

Mercury Rev

Mercury Rev's debut album Yerself Is Steam (1991) flopped in the US following Rough Trade’s collapse and didn’t hint at later commercial successes like Deserter’s Songs....

Metallica

Metallica's debut album, Kill 'Em All, was released in 1983 when Iron Maiden were still the biggest, newest noise in Heavy Metal. Metallica combined the power of classic...

Mission, The

Considered beyond-the-pale by diehard Batcavers (who knew what they were talking about when it came to the pale), The Mission nonetheless induce Proustian cider...

Morrissey

Stephen Patrick Morrissey was 13 when he fell in love for the first time - with The New York Dolls. He saw the band on television...

Music in the 1990s – Introduction

Madchester, Grunge, Indie, Rave, House, Boy Bands, Techno, Lo-Fi, Heavy Metal and the Brit Pop movement that spawned a thousand "next big things". Following the...

My Bloody Valentine

Quiet - loud, quiet - loud. For people whose singing voices were slightly less audible than falling snow, My Bloody Valentine knew how to...

Ned’s Atomic Dustbin

British feedback machine Ned's Atomic Dustbin toured for over a year as the opening act for The Wonder Stuff, Pop Will Eat Itself and Jesus Jones -...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds was originally formed in 1984 by two former members of the Australian band The Birthday Party, Nick Cave and Mick Harvey. They...

Nine Inch Nails

Despite being referred to as a ‘band’, Nine Inch Nails was always Trent Reznor’s brainchild, and he alone has been responsible for the band’s...

Nirvana

When Nevermind topped the US charts on 11 January 1992 it signalled more than just the arrival of a new, commercially successful rock band. People began talking...

Oasis

Guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs, bass player Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan and drummer Tony McCarroll originally formed as 061 (after the telephone area code for their...

Offspring, The

Bryan Holland and Greg Kriesel attended Pacifica High in Garden Grove, California, together, where they were both on the cross-country team. They formed their first...

Pantera

One of the most influential heavy metal bands of the 90s, Texan quartet Pantera knocked out a series of albums in that decade that...

Paul Weller

Paul Weller (born John William Weller) found his voice early, bellowing rock 'n' roll covers in working men's clubs as a teenager during The Jam's...

Pavement

  Pavement were three friends from California: laconic singer Stephen Malkmus, guitarist Scott Kannberg, and unruly hippie drummer Gary Young, who would hand out free...

Pearl Jam

Edward Louis Severson III was born in Evanston, a northern suburb of Chicago, on 23 December 1966. The eldest of four stepbrothers, it was...

Pendragon

Under their own steam Pendragon released half a dozen albums between 1985 (The Jewel) and 2001 (Not Of This World). Their first two albums offered...

Pixies, The

Having dropped out of the University of Massachusetts while on a college exchange program, Frank Black (real name Charles Michael Kitteridge Thompson IV) teamed...

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4 Non Blondes

Debut album Bigger, Better, Faster, More! showed off introspective folk, electric rock, hard-driving funk and saloon blues. Linda Perry Vocals, guitar Roger Rocha Guitar Christa Hillhouse Bass Dawn Richardson Drums

808 State

With their sample-driven dance music, the pioneering Manchester-based 808 State was one of the first house groups to release trance/ambient dance records. Formed in 1988...

Adventures, The

Formed in 1984, The Adventures were a melodic six-piece group from Belfast. Founder member Terry Sharpe had previously been the lead vocalist and guitarist...

Agent Orange

This trio from Fullerton in Orange County, California, specialised in the unlikely combination of punk and surf music. Led by vocalist/guitarist Mike Palm, the...

Alanis Morissette

A former child actress (You Can't Do That On Television), Canadian Alanis Morissette transformed herself into a confessional alternative singer/songwriter Flea and Dave Navarro from...

Alice In Chains

Formed in 1987, and originally a heavy metal band, Alice In Chains was one of the first Seattle bands to sign with a major...

Anthrax

Although die-hard fans stuck by Anthrax no matter who their singer was, it is widely agreed among metalheads that the band was at their...

Apartments , The

Like a number of Australian musicians who got their start during the late 1970s New Wave movement, The Apartments' Peter Milton Walsh received more acclaim in...