90s rock bands no one cares about; pick one

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From the Vertical Horizon thread:

Interchangeable with Seven Mary Three, Marcy Playground, 3 Doors Down, Nickelback, Collective Soul, Dishwalla, the Gin Blossoms, Semisonic, etc. etc. etc.

― Alex in NYC, Tuesday, September 3, 2002 6:47 AM Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Alex in NYC otm, also needs to be a poll

― dave barry (absolutely clean glasses), Friday, July 15, 2011 11:45 AM Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

... so now it is. Have at it.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
the Gin Blossoms 38
Semisonic 19
Collective Soul 7
Marcy Playground 5
Seven Mary Three 2
3 Doors Down 2
Nickelback 2
Vertical Horizon 1
Dishwalla 1


Spotify, Spotify me (DJP), Friday, 15 July 2011 16:40 (six years ago) Permalink

Collective Soul had more good singles than the rest of them put together.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Friday, 15 July 2011 16:41 (six years ago) Permalink

pick one to care about?

dave lool (Noodle Vague), Friday, 15 July 2011 16:41 (six years ago) Permalink

"Dishwalla"?

40% chill and 100% negative (Tracer Hand), Friday, 15 July 2011 16:44 (six years ago) Permalink

"tell me all your thoughts on god"

corey, Friday, 15 July 2011 16:58 (six years ago) Permalink

Only one of these recorded "Rockstar", this is a piece of piss.

dave lool (Noodle Vague), Friday, 15 July 2011 16:59 (six years ago) Permalink

soul patch dudes just thinkin baout god and/or superman

Hell. to. the. No. (Matt P), Friday, 15 July 2011 17:01 (six years ago) Permalink

I would've voted for Collective Soul in the '90s, but I just bought a used Gin Blossoms CD for $1 last week (New Miserable Experience, the one with all their hits), and I kind of like it -- they even do a country cheating song, and what they claim is a "Cajun Song" (though I would've guessed they were going for Tex-Mex in the latter if they hadn't said otherwise.) Learn something new every day.

Nickelback's definitely more a '00s band though, fwiw. (They only had one rock radio single in the '90s, according to Wiki.)

xhuxk, Friday, 15 July 2011 17:02 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm with chuck on the Gin Blossoms, they even have a rockist hook (main songwriter plagued by drug problems, gets kicked out of band on the cusp of band's breakthru).

it's a meme i made and i like (Steve Shasta), Friday, 15 July 2011 17:03 (six years ago) Permalink

this 4th of July weekend, went up to Wisconsin to hang out on a lake with sister's friends. other sister asks what kind of music these people listen to. 1st sister says oh nothing that's really that good, but nothing horrible either. 2nd sis: ok just as long it's not Nickelback or some shit...cue getting on the boat, and IMMEDIATELY dude BLASTS Nickelback on his competition-quality stereo.
So I'm voting Nickelback!

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 15 July 2011 17:12 (six years ago) Permalink

Gin Blossoms sticks out like an unsucky thumb here.

President Keyes, Friday, 15 July 2011 17:13 (six years ago) Permalink

I get the idea they were going for a jangle-rock hybrid of, maybe, early '80s R.E.M. with early '80s 38 Special or Tom Petty or somebody. No grunge plodding at all, really. And just about all five or so of the hits on that record sound catchier than I'd remembered.

xhuxk, Friday, 15 July 2011 17:17 (six years ago) Permalink

Three Doors Down was 2000, but I'll pick them for Kryptonite, which is a piece of shit, but pretty catchy.

kkvgz, Friday, 15 July 2011 17:18 (six years ago) Permalink

I think that they might have been the dumbest song lyrics I had ever heard at the time.

kkvgz, Friday, 15 July 2011 17:19 (six years ago) Permalink

guys, "90s" is a feeling

Spotify, Spotify me (DJP), Friday, 15 July 2011 17:20 (six years ago) Permalink

Have love for "Sex and Candy", and Semisonic's "Closing Time" is bad but in a good way, but really "Hey Jealousy" and "Found Out About You" and "Allison Road"? There's just no contest.

Gukbe, Friday, 15 July 2011 17:20 (six years ago) Permalink

I agree that The Gin Blossoms are in a completely separate league from the rest of these

Spotify, Spotify me (DJP), Friday, 15 July 2011 17:21 (six years ago) Permalink

Well, Nickelback is definitely a "00s" feeling.

kkvgz, Friday, 15 July 2011 17:22 (six years ago) Permalink

Since I grew up in AZ in remember the Gin Blossoms less as a two-or-three hit alt.wonder than as part of the Desert Rock scene. As xhuxk said it was jangle-rock but mixed with Crazy Horse style guitars. I think I saw them play with the Meat Puppets and the Sidewinders/Sandrubies and there wasn't a lot of difference in the bands' sounds.

President Keyes, Friday, 15 July 2011 17:26 (six years ago) Permalink

had no idea vertical horizon was from the 90s. ummm i liked "hey jealousy" so i'm voting for gin blossoms.

teledyldonix, Friday, 15 July 2011 18:58 (six years ago) Permalink

gin blossoms are total classic, rest are pretty bad

iatee, Friday, 15 July 2011 19:05 (six years ago) Permalink

I like 'closing time' tho

iatee, Friday, 15 July 2011 19:05 (six years ago) Permalink

i always liked this semisonic song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1BHPX0Vwto

van ingalls wilder (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 15 July 2011 19:09 (six years ago) Permalink

actually once the drums kick in its p rockin

van ingalls wilder (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 15 July 2011 19:09 (six years ago) Permalink

man this shit is kinda hard

voted semisonic

van ingalls wilder (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 15 July 2011 19:10 (six years ago) Permalink

^^^minnesotans stick together

mookieproof, Friday, 15 July 2011 19:22 (six years ago) Permalink

collective soul had the best singles. gin blossoms had the best LP (educated guess).

steady yachting (Pillbox), Friday, 15 July 2011 19:26 (six years ago) Permalink

^^^minnesotans stick together

― mookieproof, Friday, July 15, 2011 2:22 PM (4 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s25/capt_awesum/bornandraised.jpg

van ingalls wilder (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 15 July 2011 19:28 (six years ago) Permalink

'ND ALL YOUR WEIGHT, IT FALLS ON ME-EE, IT BRINGS MEH DOWN

dave barry (absolutely clean glasses), Friday, 15 July 2011 19:38 (six years ago) Permalink

collective soul's soft pop radio chartbusters will haunt me forever in a bad way

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPvQY9LMnZ4

dave barry (absolutely clean glasses), Friday, 15 July 2011 19:40 (six years ago) Permalink

I feel really wrong voting for any of these, even Semisonic who are probably the least offensive.

dave barry (absolutely clean glasses), Friday, 15 July 2011 19:41 (six years ago) Permalink

Practically a Hall of Fame for my old fanzine--I of course shed a tear for Sister Hazel, Blues Traveler, and Matchbox 20 (and about 50 others). The Gin Blossoms are just slightly too credible, so Semisonic.

clemenza, Friday, 15 July 2011 19:45 (six years ago) Permalink

Sister Hazel

kill me

dave barry (absolutely clean glasses), Friday, 15 July 2011 19:46 (six years ago) Permalink

You just can't turn and walk away.

clemenza, Friday, 15 July 2011 19:48 (six years ago) Permalink

Voted Gin Blossoms since they could've been a poor man's Soul Asylum or watered down Smithereens if they had stuck to their roots.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0OurHnqWp0

Pleasant Plains, Friday, 15 July 2011 19:52 (six years ago) Permalink

where is silverchair, authors of the most lyrically genius song of the 90s

mookieproof, Friday, 15 July 2011 19:54 (six years ago) Permalink

Voted Gin Blossoms since they could've been a poor man's Soul Asylum or watered down Smithereens if they had stuck to their roots.

yeah, in fact i always kinda assumed hey jealousy was a soul asylum or a (er, SORRY, THEY ARE ONE OF THOSE CANONICAL-ISH BANDS I'VE NEVER ACTUALLY REALLY LISTENED TO!) replacements song until i learned probably from reading it via ilm who done sung it

dell (del), Friday, 15 July 2011 20:01 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm a fan, but it's easy to notice that seemingly every band that's ever claimed to have been influenced by the Mats and has made it big has only ever listened to Don't Tell A Soul.

Pleasant Plains, Friday, 15 July 2011 20:05 (six years ago) Permalink

gin blossoms obv

call all destroyer, Friday, 15 July 2011 20:07 (six years ago) Permalink

collective soul had the best singles.

Huh?

billstevejim, Friday, 15 July 2011 20:16 (six years ago) Permalink

Gin Blossoms are obviously going to win this since they're not nearly as hated as some may suspect.

Besides them, I never really got why people hate Marcy Playground so much.. although I'm guessing in the majority of cases they're being entirely judged by 1 song.

billstevejim, Friday, 15 July 2011 20:19 (six years ago) Permalink

if they had stuck to their roots.

aka if that dude didn't kill himself

billstevejim, Friday, 15 July 2011 20:20 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah dude was all about being alive then he sold out imo

van ingalls wilder (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 15 July 2011 20:23 (six years ago) Permalink

That Sex and Candy song brings back memories of some very dark times.

Bill Magill, Friday, 15 July 2011 20:24 (six years ago) Permalink

i bet soul collective is secretly living large off of those royalties. those singles still get played on dentist's office radio stations. i'm sure they invested their money intelligently and cautiously too, they just seem like that kind of band.

hardcore oatmeal (Jordan), Friday, 15 July 2011 20:36 (six years ago) Permalink

They refer to music as "the music biz."

billstevejim, Friday, 15 July 2011 20:38 (six years ago) Permalink

btw i hate this poll for reminding me of that terrible year where we had to watch the ENTIRE video for 3 Doors Down's "Citizen Soldier" before every movie at the theatre.

Gukbe, Friday, 15 July 2011 20:39 (six years ago) Permalink

soul asylum made a lot of money when they sold their company, Frustrated Inc.

Gukbe, Friday, 15 July 2011 20:39 (six years ago) Permalink

they made misery, iirc

Gukbe, Friday, 15 July 2011 20:40 (six years ago) Permalink

btw i hate this poll for reminding me of that terrible year where we had to watch the ENTIRE video for 3 Doors Down's "Citizen Soldier" before every movie at the theatre.
ugh holy shit this was the worst thing ever.

tylerw, Friday, 15 July 2011 20:41 (six years ago) Permalink

Semisonic of them all - but I would never listen to any of these bands by choice.

Turrican, Friday, 16 September 2011 21:21 (six years ago) Permalink

given that i still get a Gin Blossoms song stuck in my head now and then, unlike any of these other groups, i would definitely agree with many others and say they are the least shitty on this list.

Sophomore subs are the new Smith lesbians. (the table is the table), Friday, 16 September 2011 22:53 (six years ago) Permalink

At one point in my life, I owned a Gin Blossoms single (Hey Jealousy, obv) which is more than I can say for the rest of these...

The Eyeball Of Hull (Colonel Poo), Friday, 16 September 2011 23:23 (six years ago) Permalink

'Tis a poor reflection on the 90s that all they have to provide for a meat-cooking competition is jangle pop, and not something as meaty as Ram Jam or Zebra.

bendy, Saturday, 17 September 2011 15:08 (six years ago) Permalink

Smashing pumpkins should've been included

John Lennon, Saturday, 17 September 2011 15:23 (six years ago) Permalink

nobody told me

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Saturday, 17 September 2011 17:28 (six years ago) Permalink

Dishwalla were the headliners at the Fells Point Fun Fest in 1996. Because the show was running late, Too Much Joy only got to play 4 songs before having their set prematurely cut off to make way for Dishwalla.

rustic italian flatbread, Saturday, 17 September 2011 17:35 (six years ago) Permalink

Sponge should have been on here and I totally would have voted them. Why? Because I genuinely sort of love a couple of their songs.

your mom the burrito (ENBB), Saturday, 17 September 2011 17:35 (six years ago) Permalink

I agree with you ENBB (except I wouldve still voted for GB)

starring EDWARD WOODWARD (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 18 September 2011 07:38 (six years ago) Permalink

i never heard sponge beyond their two big singles but those are absolutely indispensible.

rustic italian flatbread, Sunday, 18 September 2011 12:16 (six years ago) Permalink

Which reminds me: I need to get Empire Records on DVD

starring EDWARD WOODWARD (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 18 September 2011 13:46 (six years ago) Permalink

I still like the song "Wax Ecstatic" a lot.

billstevejim, Sunday, 18 September 2011 16:21 (six years ago) Permalink

^yeah me too

"You're such a species-ist." (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:44 (six years ago) Permalink

Sponge's third(!) album, New Pop Sunday was a guilty pleasure for me for a couple months back when it came out.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:46 (six years ago) Permalink

Which reminds me: I need to get Empire Records on DVD

― starring EDWARD WOODWARD (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, September 18, 2011 9:46 AM (2 days ago) Bookmark

Was Sponge on the ER soundtrack? I don't remember it if so.

Third album? Damn - I just meant a couple songs off Rotting Pinata namely "Plowed" and "Molly" iirc.

will eat pudding (ENBB), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:50 (six years ago) Permalink

"Plowed" is featured in the movie, but not on the actual soundtrack.

Sponge is actually releasing their eighth album this year, the mind boggles. I gave up after the third.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:53 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I just did some investigating and found that out myself. I am surprised I didn't remember that though. I watched the shit out of that movie in the years after it came out. So bad it's good etc. A couple years later I met the dude who sings Sugarhigh on top of the building at the end when he was DJing at some bar I was at in LA. I was drunk so I totally did that thing where I was like hey weren't you in Empire Records. He gave me three CDs of his all but one of which didn't totally suck.

will eat pudding (ENBB), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:55 (six years ago) Permalink

Wait, all but one did totally suck. The one that didn't was actually pretty OK.

will eat pudding (ENBB), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:55 (six years ago) Permalink

You know who are on the sndtrk though (apparently)? The Gin Blossoms. It all comes full circle.

will eat pudding (ENBB), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:58 (six years ago) Permalink

yes!

"You're such a species-ist." (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 16:27 (six years ago) Permalink

little known fact about the movie Empire Records: it really fucking sucks

billstevejim, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 17:17 (six years ago) Permalink

that not so little-known bsj

"You're such a species-ist." (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 17:39 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah its a horrible, horrible movie but that doesn't mean I won't watch it every time I come across it on cable.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 17:40 (six years ago) Permalink

I don't think there's any one who doesn't know yr little fun fact there bsj. You can still love things that really fucking suck.

will eat pudding (ENBB), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 17:55 (six years ago) Permalink

Especially if you're young and have a big crush on Ethan Embry (sub Tyler, RZ etc.) at the time said movie comes out.

will eat pudding (ENBB), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 17:57 (six years ago) Permalink

i know i know.. wasnt tryin to kill anyones buzz, sorry

billstevejim, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 17:57 (six years ago) Permalink

ENBB OTM re: crushes. But Tyler's mismatched underwear on the day she knew (and put tons of prep into) she was gonna seduce Rex Manning always bugged me.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 17:59 (six years ago) Permalink

OH REXY YOU'RE SO SEXY

will eat pudding (ENBB), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 18:02 (six years ago) Permalink

omg

will eat pudding (ENBB), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 18:02 (six years ago) Permalink

I had forgotten about a lot of this movie.

Although on my bus home the other night the Charles looked really pretty and there were some crew teams rowing and it reminded me of something someone said in ER about Harvard being where guys row boats and eat ivy or something like that.

will eat pudding (ENBB), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 18:04 (six years ago) Permalink

... who told

the tax avocado (DJP), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 18:06 (six years ago) Permalink

lol

will eat pudding (ENBB), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 18:07 (six years ago) Permalink

My favorite was in college we played a prank on this older guy (mid-40s) in our design studio who kept trying to be "hip" and keep up with bands we were listening to. Anyway, we spent about a month talking up this Rex Manning and how amazing he was. Finally this dude begged us to dub him a tape of Rex Manning to hear what the fuss was about. I spent two nights crafting a tape full of excised Dead bootleg and Sonic Youth guitar solos. Kinda wishing I still had that tape, tbh.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 18:07 (six years ago) Permalink

lol

some dude, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 18:35 (six years ago) Permalink

School of Fish to thread.

thirdalternative, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 19:24 (six years ago) Permalink

Haha, oh man, "Three Strange Days," right?

Woolen Scjarfs (Phil D.), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 19:25 (six years ago) Permalink

You know who are on the sndtrk though (apparently)? The Gin Blossoms. It all comes full circle.

Yeah, that tune was co-written with Marshall Crenshaw and it's A+++++.

Woolen Scjarfs (Phil D.), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 19:25 (six years ago) Permalink

otm

How about Nixons? My Head? Reacharound? I could go for days.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 19:26 (six years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZUfZnbfCMk&ob=av2e

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 19:29 (six years ago) Permalink

we're done talking about Empire Records?! :(

I wanted to talk about my Rory Cochrane TS: Lucas vs. Slater from Dazed and Confused

don't quixote me on that (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 05:58 (six years ago) Permalink

I like My Head but bands no one has heard of is different from bands no one cares about.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 06:03 (six years ago) Permalink

How'd Better Than Ezra escape mention? I guess no one truly cares about them...

The Man With The Flavored Toothpick (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 06:03 (six years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WImlFjlAxGQ

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 06:07 (six years ago) Permalink

Better Than Ezra = another band who had two songs I liked

don't quixote me on that (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 06:10 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/21/showbiz/three-doors-down-bassist-charged/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/dam/assets/130421043742-three-doors-down-todd-harrell-story-top.jpg

CNN) -- Police have charged the bassist of the rock band 3 Doors Down with vehicular homicide after they said his speeding car clipped a pickup truck, sending it down an embankment and killing the driver.

how's life, Sunday, 21 April 2013 16:22 (five years ago) Permalink

If there was a church of douches that picture would be in stained glass.

Evan, Sunday, 21 April 2013 16:58 (five years ago) Permalink

When did the whole fedora on rockers thing start up? Is it some leftover from late 90s ska culture or something?

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 21 April 2013 18:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I think that's where they picked it up.

how's life, Sunday, 21 April 2013 18:41 (five years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

King’s X!

calstars, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 20:25 (three months ago) Permalink

wow, three doors down guy got two years in prison for that car wreck. if he served all his time he should be out right about now.

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/crime/2015/12/18/ex-3-doors-down-bassist-gets-prison-deadly-crash/77284292/

how's life, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 20:55 (three months ago) Permalink


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