Alternative And Indie Pioneers
by BlueBeatTimeMachine

116 artists, 3811 songs

Punk, post-punk, ska-punk, industrial, grunge, neo-rockabilly, power pop, goth and alt-country were just a handful of the styles that defied op trends and got thrown together and categorized as alternative rock in the late '80s. Most '80s alternative rock bands were signed to independent record labels, received little radio airplay and built devoted cult following by touring college towns. Bands like the Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine crafted moody, psychedelic-tinged pop powered by experimental guitar textures, while bands like Jane's Addiction, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Faith No More found commercial success by combining metal and funk. Alternative music became the new mainstream almost overnight after Nirvana's meteoric rise to the top of the charts in the early '90s.