Originally Posted by Falls City Beer
I actually think the early-mid-90s were something of a musical heyday--akin to the era of the bands that erupted in the wake of the early 80s West coast punk scene.
It was a heyday, at least for a while. The focus of rock music went from the shallow, party-driven hedonism of the 80's ("She's my cherry pie...") to more introspective, soul-searching themes while keeping the growling, distorted guitars. You didn't need big hair and spandex -- jeans and an old t-shirt would do. Guitar lines became less of a virtuoso exercise and more the type of thing a typical kid from Kansas could learn to play in a few hours. Good, meaningful rock became accessible.