From slap bracelets to plaid shirts to the birth of catchphrases like “Wassup”, there’s nothing like throwing it back to the 90s – especially in terms of music. The 90s were a very influential period for music as it brought grunge from the underground music scene to the international stage. To celebrate the resurgence of our fave decade and our newest lookbook, “That’s So 90s”, we have an extra special Music Monday playlist this week curated by Garage’s E-Commerce Manager, Niki Marinos.
Niki was a teen in high school in the 90s and said it was quite an amazing time. “I especially loved the shift in fashion associated with the grunge movement. My friends and I went from dressing like bankers to dressing super casual and truly being ourselves. It was all about wearing flannel plaids over your favourite top or tied around the waist. Ripped jeans with high waists were a major part of the uniform and the shoes were always our trusted Doc Martens. No one is happier than me right now that this 90’s trend has come back re-invented!”
Niki (shown above holding the football) is the true 90s lover and was nice enough to share her favourite picks with us. So listen to the playlist below and keep scrolling to brush up on your 90s music trivia.
On the band who started it all
The playlist starts with the song that essentially started it all. Nirvana’s “Smells like Teen Spirit” was essentially the breakout track of the 90s that brought grunge to the forefront of the music scene. Niki says “this song single-handedly changed the sound of mainstream rock music forever and 90’s grunge was born. Angst-ridden teenagers all over the world rejoiced. Not only did Nirvana spark the grunge revolution, but they put Seattle on the map. Shortly after three more Seattle grunge bands emerged (Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden) and there was no going back from this newly defined rock sound.” Nirvana didn’t only start it but with the tragic death of their lead singer, Kurt Cobain, they also ended it; with a few exceptions of course.
On the pioneers of grunge
Soundgarden were the pioneers of the grunge genre, mixing elements from punk rock and metal into that dirty and aggressive sound we all love.
On the classic rock 90s grunge band
When compared to other bands from the 90s grunge scene, Pearl Jam is less heavy and goes back to the classic rock scene of the 70s.
On the status of the Stone Temple Pilots lead singer
The Stone Temple Pilots are considered to mix the alternative rock from the 80s and 90s with the hard rock of the 70s. They had a steady lead vocalist for many years but in February announced that they were holding open auditions for a new one. If you are interested, or know anyone that would fit this role, they’re still looking.
On one of the best selling album of the 90s
We need to mention The Smashing Pumpkins for their album “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness”. In fact, this was their first and only number one album of their career. But I mean, how can you beat going platinum ten times?
On the legacy of Alice In Chains
This is definitely an impressive band to see, with more than 14 million albums sold in the US and 35 million worldwide, two number one albums, 21 top 40 singles and 9 Grammy nominations! They’re on tour right now so check out if they’re coming to a city near you!
On the supergroup of the 90s
Temple of the Dog is essentially the supergroup of collaboration and talent in the music industry at the time, featuring Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden, and Eddie Vedder, frontman for Pearl Jam.
On the funniest band name
Weezer came up with their name because the lead singer, Rivers Cuomo, had asthma growing up and kids at school would tease him by giving him that nickname.
Did we miss your all time fave 90s grunge song? Let us know in the comments below!