Fusing lo-fi production with a singer-songwriter sensibility, Phair helped shaped what would become “indie rock” and defied expectations of what a female rock star could be.
Home taping in the 80s didn’t kill the record industry, but the lo-fi format gave a voice to those that the mainstream didn’t always have an ear for.
One of the most pervasive hits of 90s alt.rock, Live’s ‘Lightning Crashes’ launched the band to fame and struck a sensitive collective nerve
Beastie Boys always seemed to be pushing their music forward, while simultaneously borrowing heavily from their past.
Praised for its diversity and impact, 90s dance music is to electronica fans what the 60s were to classic rock aficionados.
Blackstreet’s debut album saw Teddy Riley find his footing again as a performer, while helping R&B crossover from urban radio to the Top 40.
Gang Starr laid the blueprint for grassroots hip-hop and all stayed true to their mission of being “dedicated ministers of underground sound”.
Spawning megastars such as Snoop Dogg, 2Pac and Eminem, 90s hip-hop marked the point when the music came out of the suburbs and took over the world.
Reflecting his eclectic tastes, Rick Rubin’s American Recordings label covered metal, rock, country and all points in between, establishing its founder as music’s ultimate auteur in the 90s.
Even during a decade when the most improbable bands were topping the charts, some fell through the cracks. Here are 10 90s bands worth rediscovering.
With Mudhoney, Nirvana and Soundgarden at the helm, grunge music exploded in the early 90s – and the world didn’t know what hit it.
Like the titular character from her album, Unrepentant Geraldines, Tori Amos has been unapologetically bucking the constraints of pop her entire career.
A reminder of why people started bands in the first place, Aerosmith caught the attentions a whole new generation with ‘Get A Grip’.
Released just a week after Kurt Cobain’s death, Hole’s Live Through This saw Courtney Love bare her soul on an alt.rock classic that still surprises.
Genre-defining anthems from the finest golden age of R&B, the best 90s R&B songs still fill dancefloors while speaking to the soul.