Originally Posted by Falls City Beer
I think the mid-90s get an unfair rap as a bad music era. I've always felt that. Some pretty glorious and still very unsung music during that period.
Aside from the bigger names like Pavement, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Sebadoh, you had great music from bands like Rodan (who absolutely blew me away in concert), Silver Jews (Dave Berman's probably the best songwriter of the last 20 years), Unwound and Polvo (the Mathletes crowd--but still eminently rockin), Guided by Voices (the greatest pop group in the last 20 years--screw you, Of Montreal), the Grifters (maybe THE most underappreciated rock band ever).
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.
I loved Guided by Voices and got major street cred at my college radio station for knowing them. Our station was one of those that specialized in music played by people even we didn't know.
We tried to get GBV to play at our music festival, but they refused due to their need to have pitchers of beer supplied for them on stage. (STUPID DRY CAMPUS)