10 90’s Bands You Forgot About (Or Probably Never Knew)

The 90's sure were a great time for music

The 90’s were a truly great time for music. I consider myself lucky to have gone to college in the early 90’s, and DJ at the University of Georgia’s college radio station, WUOG. I was exposed to so much music there. In high school I religiously watched a show on MTV called 120 Minutes, which turned me on to so much great music too. Here are some great bands I love from that era, that you may have missed.

Blake Babies

Before Juliana Hatfield made it big time as a solo artist, she was in Blake Babies. The guitar hook on this song is stunning.

Walt Mink

A band I discovered from 120 Minutes. What a great show that was. I loved how Walt Mink fused progressive rock and virtuosity into tight 3 minute songs. Drummer Joey Waronker went on to be a mainstay in Beck’s band.

Big Chief

A band I discovered from rotation at WUOG. Mack Avenue Skullgame was a theme record from Ann Arbor’s Big Chief, made as a soundtrack to a movie which didn’t exist. This record covered everything from funk, blues to rock.

Hoodoo Gurus

This band may not be as obscure as some of these other bands listed. Also a find from 120 Minutes, my first garage band covered the Guru’s songs often. Hoodoo Gurus wrote tight pop/rock songs with great hooks and a lot of tongue in cheek humor.

The Ocean Blue

The Ocean Blue dominated the alternative rock scene in the 90’s with several solid records. The bridge on this song, it’s resplendent. The guitar solo on this tune is excellent. What I love is that it’s a song about how art can provoke awe inspiring feelings and contemplative questions.

Screaming Trees

Another 120 Minutes find. Chris Cornell produced this record for fellow Seattleites. I remember hearing this song and loving it immediately for the reverb on Mark Lanegan’s vocals.

Dag

It’s ridiculous how good these guys were. Did you watch the video? I implore you! I beseech you! Watch that video! That is live! Amazing. I remember people were surprised these guys were white because they were so funky. Got to see them at the Cotton Club back when it was on Peachtree. These guys should’ve been huge.

Versus

I think my brother introduced me to Versus. He and I got to see them several times during the 90’s. Two Cents Plus Tax was my favorite record from this NYC rock band.

Mary’s Danish

Another discovery from WUOG rotation. It took me an hour to remember this band’s name the other day. This song rocks so much.

TPOH or The Pursuit of Happiness

This Canadian band had a hit with the song, “I’m An Adult Now,” which played on my hometown radio station. I’ll never forget seeing them down on River Street on St. Patrick’s Day in 1989. They blew me away. Their stellar 1993 release, The Downward Road, was a favorite of mine and many of my friends. It rocks from top to bottom. Then Beavis & Butthead featured this song in a show and TPOH got big for a minute. Unfortunately that small moment was the biggest they’d get.

Do you remember any of these bands? What are some other obscure 90’s bands you liked?

6 thoughts on “10 90’s Bands You Forgot About (Or Probably Never Knew)”

  1. 120 Minutes was the BEST SHOW EVER. Do you remember pre-MTV “Night Trax” on cable or even earlier than that, HBO’s “Video Jukebox”? Before I moved to Atlanta and met you, Dag stayed at a hotel I worked for. I had a pretty decent and quite romantic fling with their guitar tech and was at some of those shows you were at. Small world, Georgia. ❤️

  2. I read the wiki link, interesting, and also the link to the worst video. I’d say anything Billy Squier presented as a video completely sucked. Ha!

  3. Haha! All of Billy’s videos weren’t bad. “The Stroke,” is a simply a performance video. But, “Rock Me Tonight,” hurt Billy’s career.

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