Posts Tagged ‘alternative’

GinBlossomsNewMiserableExperience

New Miserable Experience is the breakthrough album by the pop-rock band the Gin Blossoms, released on August 4, 1992. The album was released to little fanfare and relatively lackluster reviews. However, nearly a year after its release the lead single, “Hey Jealousy”, entered the top 40, with “Found Out About You” following a few months later. The album eventually reached multi-platinum status.

The band’s guitarist, Doug Hopkins, was fired near the conclusion of the recording sessions for the album, ostensibly for his persistent alcohol problems. His replacement, Scott Johnson, is listed as a member of the band in the liner notes, but did not play on the album. Just as the album was becoming a success at the end of 1993, Hopkins committed suicide. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Miserable_Experience

Republica

Republica is the debut studio album by English band Republica, released on July 30, 1996 by RCA Records in the United States and on October 5, 1996 by Deconstruction Records in the United Kingdom. Produced by the band with additional production by Ben Grosse, Republica is an alternative rock album which fuses different genres of electronic music, such as electronica or techno, and also contains elements of Hi-NRG and trip hop music.

Three singles were released from the album: “Bloke” and two hit singles, “Ready to Go” and “Drop Dead Gorgeous”. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republica_%28album%29

MotherLoveBoneApple

Apple is the only full-length studio album by the American alternative rock band Mother Love Bone. It was released on July 19, 1990 through Stardog/Mercury Records.

In September 1989, the group returned to the studio to record its debut album Apple with producer Terry Date at The Plant recording studio in Sausalito, California. The band finished the album in November 1989 at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, Washington. Compared with the band’s debut EP, Shine, vocalist Andrew Wood’s vocal stylings are more mature, drawing heavily upon similar techniques of guitarist and singer Marc Bolan. “Crown of Thorns” originally appeared on Shine, however on Apple the song is missing the opening “Chloe Dancer”. The album was mixed by Tim Palmer. The album’s cover art was photographed by Lance Mercer. Despite some initial difficulties, the record was on-time for its projected March 1990 release.

By early 1990 interest in the band had hit a fever pitch and it seemed destined that the band was going to make it big. Only days before Apple was slated to be released, however, Wood overdosed on heroin. After spending a few days in the hospital in a coma, Wood died, effectively bringing Mother Love Bone to an end. The album would see release later that year in July. The album eventually charted at number 34 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers chart in 1992. Kim Neely of Rolling Stone said that the album “succeeds where countless other hard-rock albums have failed, capturing the essence of what made Zep immortal – dynamics, kids! – and giving it a unique Nineties spin.” A music video was made for the song “Stardog Champion”. The entire album later appeared on the 1992 compilation album, Mother Love Bone (also known as Stardog Champion). It was also remastered and reissued on September 8, 2003 by the UK-based Lemon Recordings. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_%28album%29

DaveMatthewsBandBustedStuff

Busted Stuff is the fifth album by Dave Matthews Band, released by RCA Records on July 16, 2002.

Nine of the eleven tracks on this album are re-recorded versions of songs that first appeared on 2000’s abandoned project now known as The Lillywhite Sessions. “Where Are You Going” and “You Never Know” were not from those sessions, the former of which was the first single. It was also an Enhanced CD. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Busted_Stuff

BrotherCaneSeeds

Seeds is the second album by hard rock band Brother Cane, released July 4, 1995 on Virgin Records. It features one of the group’s most popular singles, “And Fools Shine On”, which charted at #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and ranked #5 on the year-end Top Hot Album Rock Tracks list. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seeds_%28Brother_Cane_album%29

CollectiveSoulHintsAllegations

Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid is the debut studio album by the American rock band Collective Soul. It was originally released on vinyl on an indie label in Atlanta called Rising Storm Records in 1993. The track “Shine” gained the band attention thanks to college radio. They later signed on with Atlantic Records and the album was released on CD in 1994 under the Atlantic label.

The album’s title is derived from the lyrics of Paul Simon’s 1986 hit “You Can Call Me Al.” The cover art is a modified version of the original logo of Stephen Sondheim’s 1979 broadway musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with just the man on the cover, the picture in color and on a red background and the knife replaced by a huge banner. The album’s opening track, “Shine,” would arguably become Collective Soul’s biggest hit.

Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid was recorded in a basement in 1992 as a promotional demo. Frontman Ed Roland hoped to simply sell the songs to a publishing company rather than form a band. He gave the demo to a small college radio station in Atlanta which began playing “Shine.” The track quickly became their most requested song and the band was asked to perform some concerts for the station. Favoring an opportunity to perform a few shows with his brother, Roland agreed and regathered the demo’s guitarist and drummer as well as his brother Dean.

However, the attention gained by “Shine” allowed it to chart and catapulted the band to national stardom. They were soon picked up by Atlantic Records who wished to release the demo as the debut studio album of Collective Soul. In a 1995 interview, Roland elaborated on his mixed feelings regarding the situation:

“It wasn’t even remixed. It was the same demo. Before we got signed we’d already charted with ‘Shine.’ Once we got signed I said, ‘We want to re-record. This is not a band recording.’ But they said, ‘You’re gonna lose momentum. You’re looking at a three to five month process. So let’s go with it and you can get your next record out quick.’ We thought it would be great to sell 10-20,000 units. [When it went gold], we were sitting there with our eyes wide open.”

Consequently, Collective Soul would regard their self-titled 1995 studio album under Atlantic as the band’s official debut. Roland told Metal Edge, “It’s so funny for people to compare the two. It’s like comparing one band to another band. [Collective Soul] is our first record, flat out.” Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hints_Allegations_and_Things_Left_Unsaid

StoneTemplePilotsPurple

Purple is the second studio album by American rock band Stone Temple Pilots, released June 7, 1994 on Atlantic Records. The album, building off the foundations laid by the band’s debut album Core, was a huge success for the band, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and remaining there for three weeks, eventually selling over six million copies. It spawned a number of successful singles — “Vasoline” and “Interstate Love Song” both topped the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and hit number 2 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, while “Big Empty” also cracked the top ten on both charts. Lesser known album cuts “Pretty Penny” and “Unglued” were also released as promotional radio singles. Read more at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_%28album%29