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Who’s your favorite band from the ‘90s?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on December 7, 2009

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“Bush. It was alternative rock. It was the first CD I ever bought.”

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“Bruce Springsteen, though I hated the ‘Tunnel of Love’ album. ”

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“Jane’s Addiction … they pretty much shaped the music I listened to in the ’90s. I still have a crush on Perry Farrell.”

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“Waterdeep, a local band. I was hardcore in college … I spent a summer (in Wichita) helping them plan a festival.”

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maxcrabb 4 years, 3 months ago

From the first riff of 'Airbag' to the ending bell of 'The Tourist', OK Computer will always be my favorite.

Yes, Radiohead.

(but Ben Folds Five 'Underground' taught me to embrace the 'me' everyone else stared at strangely)

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LoveThsLife 4 years, 4 months ago

Rage Against The Machine put on a good show....I really liked silverchair in the 90's....Tool was good...I used to listen to Deftones "Around the Fur" a lot... It's fun to see what everyone remembers...there are bands/artists listed here that I honestly have forgotten about.

I would like to include WTH? moments from the 90's too though... Does anyone remember when Puff Daddy and Jimmy Page teamed up? I randomly found the soundtrack with Puff Daddy's rendition of a Led Zeppelin song one day...eek.

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jonas_opines 4 years, 4 months ago

Metallica until their second album in the '90s. The Offspring, Reverend H. Heat, Soundgarden. I liked the Urge a lot too, thanks for bringing that up.

The top spot, though, as always, goes to Tool. Best band of this generation, hands down.

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corduroypants 4 years, 4 months ago

Saw Pearl Jam with Urge Overkill in Wichita in '93. Probably the best show I've ever seen.

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Bradford Hoopes 4 years, 4 months ago

Hmmm... maybe this counts because it has Dave Grohl on drums!

Them Crooked Vultures http://www.themcrookedvultures.com

Well, actually, they just released their first record. John Paul Jones on bass, Dave Grohl on drums and Josh Homme on guitar and vocals.

Rock Lives Again! Don't Delay!
Tell Your Friends!

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labmonkey 4 years, 4 months ago

NIN, Rammstein, NIrvana, Alice N Chains, Gun N Roses (their best song was made in the 90's...You Could be Mine), Tool, Cake, and Fiona Apple. My favorite band of all time is Metallica, but I am not a big fan of most of their 90's efforts.

As for regional bands, The Sound and the Fury, and Dudn't Matter.

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Defender 4 years, 4 months ago

Personally, I don't see the interest in Radiohead. There is nothing interesting about their music whatsoever, but that is in my opinion. The sad thing is that I have honestly tried to get into thier groove. I figured that if so many people liked them that there was something to be found there. I didn't find it. I honestly think they are mediocre, and mediocre on a small scale.

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tumbilweed 4 years, 4 months ago

And when the Fishbone/ Primus show was over we went outside and it had snowed.

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guppypunkhead 4 years, 4 months ago

Frogpond! Sublime, Blur, Weezer, Eels, Veruca Salt, Liz Phair, Cake, Ben Folds Five....

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Defender 4 years, 4 months ago

"Some names that haven't been mentioned, oddly enough…

Sarah McLachlan Jewel Shawn Colvin Paula Cole Joan Osbourne Fiona Apple Alanis Morissette"

I wonder too. However it may have do do with the almost inconsequential second efforts by these folks.

And honestly, Radiohead, people? Honestly?

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 4 years, 4 months ago

Already noted... Camper and Cracker, Pixies, Radiohead.

Afghan Whigs, The Chameleons, The Fall, Wire(?).

Twilight Singers (conceived just before the turn of the century, favorite band of the new century).

( Neil Young, always. )

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 4 months ago

" I thought Mark Hennessey was one of the most big headed people I ever met" Don

No argument from me. I found that it is best not to meet bandmembers from bands I like. Although, the guys in North Mississippi Allstars, Leftover Salmon, and Split Lip Rayfield are all cool cats.

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looza 4 years, 4 months ago

Collective Soul & Dave Matthews Band are my favorite bands of the 90's. Todays music blows! Rap is crap!

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Donnuts 4 years, 4 months ago

Wereallmonkeys-

I sure would like to see or hear those tapes.

The rest of you-

Sorry but personally I don't have much for Kim or Kill Whitey or Stick or PAW. I thought Mark Hennessey was one of the most big headed people I ever met. He loved my ex-gfriend though. The fellow from SlackJaw is Bob Cutler who is Chrometuna, and Klusterfux, now. He is kinda strange and plays in Topeka all the time at some punk rock festival. 2 Car Family and Showertrick were local from Topeka and stuff, whatever. Kill Creek retired about 4 drummers before they called it quits if they did.

National acts that were from the '90's? Dukes of Stratosphear, XTC was mentioned but I thought of them as '80's. Whatever. I play myself several instruments and don't listen to stuff unless I am trying to duplicate it or in the car and bored. I was a child from the '80's and most the stuff I listen to is before that. I just find music on the radio too bland.

Todd Pipia is pretty good to listen to on Myspace. Personally I won't lead you to my stuff.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 4 months ago

Soundgarden, Supersuckers, Rev. Horton Heat, The Urge, Screaming Trees. Probably others.

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Kirk Larson 4 years, 4 months ago

XTC, Trip Shakespere, Soundgarden, Camper Van Beethoven.

Random Aztech, Kill Whitey, Dashboard Buddha, Tenderloin, Red Hammer, Ricky Dean Sinatra, Sin City Disciples. (Might be some '80's in there)

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parrothead8 4 years, 4 months ago

Agnostick and tubs_of_love already mentioned them, but I loved Soundgarden. Still do, actually. Me and my buddy Rube called them "angry rock".

We once spent a week together on the trail in Italy, and were about two hours outside of civilization (on foot) when we realized we'd packed the Walkman but no tapes. Soundgarden's "Badmotorfinger" album was in the Walkman, so that was the only album we listened to for a week. Never got tired of it.

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TomJoad1 4 years, 4 months ago

Blind melon, Nirvana, and Sublime are disqualified.

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Agnostick 4 years, 4 months ago

The Lemonheads The Soup Dragons Cracker

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Agnostick 4 years, 4 months ago

Some names that haven't been mentioned, oddly enough...

Sarah McLachlan Jewel Shawn Colvin Paula Cole Joan Osbourne Fiona Apple Alanis Morissette

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tubs_of_love 4 years, 4 months ago

Nirvana Mudhoney Pearl Jam Soundgarden Beck Chili Peppers

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 4 months ago

Mutant Fish (best band in the Fayetteville punk scene in the early 80s)

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Rae Hudspeth 4 years, 4 months ago

I really like Blues Traveler. I could listen to them for days, although in the 90s, I was usually listening to World Music such as Agricantus, Tarkan, Alabina and Loreena McKennitt. I didn't care much for anything I heard on the radio.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 4 months ago

"Screaming Trees “Sweet Oblivion” was a masterpiece. When I first heard “Dollar Bill” it made me so beautifully sad I nearly drank myself to death. "

Go listen to a Mark Lanegan solo album. I have his first four or five and damn, that guy leads a depressing life.

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

Colour Me Bad was a highlight. They rocked! "All for Love"

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

The first album I ever bought was Neil Diamond "Live at the Troubadour". Actually my dad paid for it because it was 1971 and I was in 1st grade. It was at Kief's when they were still at the Malls. Oh, the days of vinyl albums. I still have that very album and about 300 more out in the garage. Anyone remember camping out for concert tickets at Kief's? I got 15th row center for Journey in 1981 and Van Halen a year later.

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TomJoad1 4 years, 4 months ago

I would add Insane Clown Posse to the list of the worst.

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somedude20 4 years, 4 months ago

Just a few of the worst of the 90's: Limp Bizkit NSYNC Backstreet Boys NSync Blink 182 Metallica (they jumped the shark big time in the 90s) Korn!!!!!!!!!!!! All emo needs to go, really!!!

Some of the highlights of the 90's: Cranberries Sublime STP Beck Spoon Lemonheads Liz Phair

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Ken Miller 4 years, 4 months ago

The Psychotic Pineapples.

Google it.

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

Hmmm...I could have sworn I saw Ledbelly at the barbershop the other day. He was having a huge argument with Robert Johnson and Woody Guthrie...

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

Brace yourselves: The true identity of Buckethead is......Michael Bolton. Yep!

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

As for obscure hipster stuff no one has mentioned, check out "EDC" by Satchel and "Shame" by Brad. Both were side projects of Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam and they're hard to find, but excellent.

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

Screaming Trees "Sweet Oblivion" was a masterpiece. When I first heard "Dollar Bill" it made me so beautifully sad I nearly drank myself to death. Same with "Black" by Pearl Jam: "I know someday you'll have a beautiful life I know you'll be a star In somebody else's sky But why, why, why Can't it be Mine?" That broke my heart......

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TomJoad1 4 years, 4 months ago

“2 pac lacked creativity’ Blasphemy!

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

Tony, you are right. Coltrane died in '67, I think. But contrary to many beliefs, he'd been clean and sober for 8 years, although I'm pretty sure he died of cirrhosis. And thank you for reminding me of the origin of my moniker. "In the End" by Spacehog was great. "Mongo City" sucked, then they disappeared. Hey let's not forget Temple of the Dog, the one-off Soundgarden/pre-Pearl jam gem.

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tony88 4 years, 4 months ago

spacehog, why haven't you mentioned the band Spacehog?

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tony88 4 years, 4 months ago

oh, nevermind, so were a bunch of the other folks you mentioned.

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

Why hasn't anyone mentioned Hootie and the Blowfish? They were really, really good. Their smoothest move was when they copped an entire verse from "Idiot Wind" by Dylan and got sued.

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tony88 4 years, 4 months ago

um, spacehog, coletrane was dead in the 90's

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tony88 4 years, 4 months ago

yo la tengo, silver jews, palace, smog

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

BTW, I honestly sing pretty well, especially when I lay off the smokes. I also have a Fender Strat, a Tele, and an electric acoustic. I only know about 5 chords but I'm trying to learn to finger pick. I was thinking about putting together a 2 man(or woman) combo with me on guitar and shared vocals or harmonies with the other person on a standup bass. They're expensive, so a cheap electric bass would do. I honestly haven't touched my guitars in ages, so it might take some practice. I'd just like to play some open mike nights and a few random gigs. If anyone is interested, holler back. I'm really not as big of a jerk as I seem when I'm page-raging on this site.

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

Mozart, Bach, Beethoven,...oh wait, you mean the 1990's? Sublime, Pearl Jam, Rodney Milsap, Kenny Rogers, John Coltrane, The Big Bopper, Ledbelly, oh man I'm flying all over the map on this one. Most 90's bands were one hit wonders or committed suicide. Pearl Jam is about the only band left producing good new stuff. I like No Doubt only because I'm in love with Gwen Stefani. I heard she divorced that wash out from that British-wanna-be-Nirvana band Bush(was he singing glycerine or listerine?) Nirvana was totally overrated unless you were into self-hatred and depression. And poor Layne Staley from Alice in Chains. He'd been dead for 2 weeks when they found him with a needle in his arm. The only reason they checked on him was because his manager noticed he hadn't withdrawn any money from the ATM in a while. Sad but true. I really dug RATM and Tool, too. But then all of these bands were somehow influenced by Bob Dylan, the true Master. Sorry to be a Spacehog. I guess u can tell by the length of this post what my main interest and passion in life is.

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hellsbasement 4 years, 4 months ago

marion and the swede...oh you meant 1990...not 1890. my bad.

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TomJoad1 4 years, 4 months ago

We are overlooking 2-Pac. One of the best artists of the 90’s. But a band?

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Unix_Admin 4 years, 4 months ago

Kill Whitey was one of the best local acts.

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fleeba 4 years, 4 months ago

It's a tie between Nirvana and Alice N Chains, for national bands.

I was lucky and got to see Nirvana at the Union, that was so cool, they were just barely popular at the time and a few weeks after they played here in Lawrence they exploded on the radio.

For local Lawrence Bands: Stick, Mu330 and Slackjaw where always my favorites..

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

mint condition. i'm probably one of the only posters up in here who didn't think of a rock band.

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Agnostick 4 years, 4 months ago

"Band from the '90s." To me, this seems to have a limiting factor, in that we're talking about bands that started or hit it big in the '90s, and didn't survive into the next decade.

Soundgarden started in the '80s, but didn't really hit it big until the next decade--and then suddenly, they disbanded. What they did put out during the '90s was really good music, in my opinion.

I guess I could also say No Doubt, since they've now become almost an afterthought for Gwen Stefani. They were supposed to release a new album this year, but it's been pushed back to early next year.

I've yet to see anyone mention Royal Crown Revue, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, or any of the other ensembles that pushed that brief, intense revival of swing music. That was a real flash in the pan, wasn't it? If nothing else, it got some folks to strip off their grunge-y flannel, revive their personal hygiene, and put on nice clothes for a night out.

--Ag

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 4 months ago

TOB, I guess they announce that now so people won't go hog wild on their Christmas shopping expenditures?

90's band?? not artist? okay, that's tough..

Bare Naked Ladies or Matchbox 20

Pretty fond of Dave Matthews...it's just disillusioning to think he means one thing, then to hear him on Storytellers, what he actually was singing about. lolol. Took that song from really complex,soulful, meaningful to..eww, that was sort of mediocre and useless.☺

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porch_person 4 years, 4 months ago

NIN vs Radiohead

I am getting quite jealous thinking about the Fishbone / Primus show that cleavageview saw. I missed that one. Also missed the NIN / Bowie show at Memorial. Kicking myself over that one too.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 4 months ago

"I enjoy Leftover Salmon back then." Prospector

I've seen them about 25 or 30 times. Went to both Salmonfests on the Black River near Lesterville.

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Celeste 4 years, 4 months ago

Radiohead, the Pixies, Smashing Pumpkins and the Stone Roses. I don't think I could choose "just one" ;P

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meggers 4 years, 4 months ago

I'd have to pick the Dave Mathews Band, although I can think of several bands that were around prior to the ninety's, but gained more notoriety and a larger following during that time. Widespread Panic, The Flaming Lips, and Phish to name a few.

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acg 4 years, 4 months ago

Chili Peppers, hands down. I also used to love a little local band called Speed Dog Champion. I also loved the Beasties and oh yes, my Metallica phase, can't forget that. And the Bosstones! Ah, the list goes on...

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prospector 4 years, 4 months ago

I enjoy Leftover Salmon back then.

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CWGOKU 4 years, 4 months ago

Mariah Carey. Now that the 90's are over, I wish she would drop the restraining order.

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farfle 4 years, 4 months ago

The Homestead Grays were really good with Chuck Meade.

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readit 4 years, 4 months ago

Third Eye Blind and Pearl Jam

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TomJoad1 4 years, 4 months ago

Also the Chili Peppers, Primus, and the Beastie Boys.

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wierpann 4 years, 4 months ago

Smashing Pumpkins...Siamese Dream was the first CD I ever bought. Excellent album.

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gphawk89 4 years, 4 months ago

Dream Theater

And like autie, I've never heard of (or at least never payed any attention to) most of the bands listed in the thread so far.

My favorite Lawrence shows (from the 80's) were LA Guns at the union and Metal Church at (I think) the Bottleneck.

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TomJoad1 4 years, 4 months ago

You got to throw in some Boys to Men if we are mentioning BBD.

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cleavageview 4 years, 4 months ago

I love Fishbone and was lucky enough to see them with Primus at an SUA sponsered event in the old ballroom. Best Halloween EVER! Nirvana played there just as Nevermind was hitting it big but they had also played the Outhouse on their earlier Bleach tour. Fugazi, Pixies, Camper Van Beethoven...they all rocked. Lawrence had the best shows in the 90's. Glad I got to be a part of it...

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autie 4 years, 4 months ago

I never heard of most of the bands listed. I guess that why I went with the 1790"s instead of the 20th century one.

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grammaddy 4 years, 4 months ago

BBD(Bell,Bivens, Devoe after New Edition broke up) No Doubt w/Gwen Stefani.

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rosben 4 years, 4 months ago

Blind Melon. So underrated.

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mom_of_three 4 years, 4 months ago

I don't remember bands in the 90's. Too old to care and too busy raising kids.

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Sagecasey 4 years, 4 months ago

TOB, is there a link to that story?

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scootterxlch 4 years, 4 months ago

What ever Happened to Ernie? THe Sin CIty Disciples used to ROCK!!

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 4 months ago

"LJW INITIATES SALARY CUTS; ELIMINATES 401(k) MATCHES Cutbacks at newspapers aren't just impacting major dailies across the country. According to sources, the Lawrence Journal-World daily newspaper, founded in 1858, announced this week that it would implement salary cuts of between 3 and 9 percent.
In addition, the Lawrence, KS. paper will eliminate its 401 (k) match. The publication is published by The World Company. The seven-day-a-week paper has a circulation of about 19,000 copies."

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wacipimo 4 years, 4 months ago

Where did Nirvana play in Lawrence? Was it the Bottleneck? Did Kurt Cobain really visit William S. Burroughs at his house one Learnard ave?

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Nikki May 4 years, 4 months ago

Tenderloin was a little too naked too often for my tastes. Speaking of that though, Billygoat was also a favorite.

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kansasfire911 4 years, 4 months ago

Yeah I would have to go with Nirvana. Anyone remember when 311 used to play the Bottleneck in the 90's before they got big. That was awesome.

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zettapixel 4 years, 4 months ago

Belly! The Sundays were good too... and then it'd have to be Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 4 months ago

I'm thinking UPS should have Hanson do a couple of cameo commercials...

3 boys with lady hair drawing stick figures on a whiteboard

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John Spencer 4 years, 4 months ago

Donnuts, I am pretty sure I have more recordings of Random Aztech than anyone else on the planet! I really need to convert them to digital form before the tapes turn to dust.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 4 months ago

Kinda sorta maybe a 3 way tie between; The Divinyls, The Spice Girls, Kris Kross, and/or Hanson.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 4 months ago

Paw is a good local choice. Tenderloin was fun as well.

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Nikki May 4 years, 4 months ago

Wow, Bush was that guy's first album? I was buying albums way before the 90s and he's probably my age. And Waterdeep? Hardcore what? You can like who you want, I don't care, but in that context, hardcore should be an adjective with a noun to describe. Usually if you are talking about music, hardcore does not make me think of anything like that.

I would have to pick Beastie Boys. IF I was forced to pick, that's what I'm saying now. It could be someone else in an hour. My favorite local band would probably be Stick followed by Paw. And, yes, I'm aware that none of these bands go with my screen name.

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autie 4 years, 4 months ago

Not really a band, but a composer. Even though he only lived until '91, I'd have to go with Mozart.

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farfle 4 years, 4 months ago

Arc Angels

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtdQXmL5zuw&feature=related

Tommy Shannon (bass player with the cap) thank you for 40 years of rock and roll!

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Donnuts 4 years, 4 months ago

Wow, as a musician... I have to say Random Aztech was. They were a local group as was The Lonesome Houndogs who were good as well. As far as radio play goes I don't recall any I really liked that much. I bought albums but they were mostly bands from the 70's or 80's.

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