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Old 08-20-2013, 04:21 PM   #1
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The Post-Grunge Thread

"Post-grunge is a subgenre of alternative rock that emerged in the mid-1990s as a derivative of grunge, using the sounds and aesthetic of grunge, but with a more commercially acceptable tone."

So says Wikipedia, and it sounds about right. I felt like starting a thread dedicated to all of those post-grunge bands that were huge from the mid 90s to the beginning of the 00s. A lot of these bands haven't had a great deal of staying power in terms of relevance, but they put out some really big(commercially) albums and hit singles during their time in the sun. A small handful of post-grunge groups sort of transcended the label and period and don't really need to be lumped in with the rest(bands like Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, Stone Temple Pilots, Counting Crowes), but for most of them, I think they have sort of become to the 90s what hair bands were/are to the 80s - acts that were extremely successful in their time and are maybe even still popular with those who grew up with them, but that don't share much wider relevance anymore(though that doesn't necessarily mean some of them aren't still making new music).

While certainly not what I listen to most now, this music still has significant sentimental/nostalgic value to me and, I think, to a lot of people who grew up during that time period. Plus there are some legitimately good tunes there too. I created this thread to hopefully start a discussion about it amongst other people who grew up during that era and have the same sort of sentimental attachments to this stuff, even it's not stuff you'd often listen to anymore.

Here is a list of some of the biggest singles and albums from this era. Mind you, some of these bands/songs don't share 'the' post-grunge sound, but were pop-rock-ish in nature and came from the same era(and not all of them were new at the time, some had been around for a while and just broke through commercially during this era):

Barenaked Ladies:
Brian Wilson
Old Apartment
One Week
It's All Been Done
Never Is Enough

Better Than Ezra:
Desperately Wanting

Blink 182:
What's My Age Again?
All The Small Things
Adam's Song

Bush:
Glycerine
The Chemicals Between Us

Collective Soul:
Shine
Run

Creed
Higher
With Arms Wide Open
My Sacrifice

Deep Blue Something:
Breakfast At Tiffany's

Eagle Eye Cherry:
Save Tonight
Falling In Love Again

Eve 6:
Inside Out
Leech
Open Road Song

Everclear:
I Will Buy You A New Life
Father Of Mine
Everything To Everyone

Fastball:
The Way
Fire Escape
Out Of My Head

Fuel:
Hemorrhage(In My Hands)

Gin Blossoms:
Hey Jealousy

Goo Goo Dolls:
Name
Iris
Slide
Black Balloon
Dizzy
Broadway

Harvey Danger:
Flagpole Sitta

Lifehouse:
Hanging By A Moment

Lit:
My Own Worst Enemy
Zip-lock
Miserable

Live:
The Dolphin's Cry

Marcy Playground:
Sex And Candy

Matchbox 20:
Push
3AM
Real World
Back 2 Good
Long Day
Bent
If You're Gone
Mad Season
Last Beautiful Girl

Nine Days:
Absolutely(The Story Of A Girl)

Offspring:
Pretty Fly(For A White Guy)
Why Don't You Get A Job
The Kids Aren't Alright
I Want You Bad

Semisonic:
Closing Time
Singing In My Sleep
Secret Smile

Silverchair:
Ana's Song(Open Fire)

Smashmouth:
Walkin' On The Sun
All-Star
Then The Morning Comes
Waste

Staind:
It's Been A While

Sugar Ray:
Fly
Every Morning
Falls Apart
Someday

Third Eye Blind:
Semi-Charmed Life
How's It Gonna Be
Jumper
Losing A Whole Year
Graduate
Anything
Never Let You Go
Deep Inside Of You
10 Days Late

Tonic:
If You Could Only See

Vertical Horizon:
Everything You Want

Verve Pipe:
The Freshmen

Wallflowers:
One Headlight
The Difference

Some of the biggest albums:

Barenaked Ladies - Stunt
Blink 182 - Enema Of The State
Creed - Human Clay
Everclear - So Much For The Afterglow
Fastball - All The Pain Money Can Buy
Goo Goo Dolls - Dizzy Up The Girl
Lit - A Place In The Sun
Matchbox 20 - Yourself Or Someone Like You
Offspring - Americana
Semisonic - Feeling Strangely Fine
Smashmouth - Fush Yu Mang and Astrolounge
Sugar Ray - 14:59
Third Eye Blind - Eponymous/Self-Titled
Wallflowers - Bringing Down The Horse

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Well, I'd be lying of I didn't say this was 90% of the music I listened to when I was 14-16. Fortunately, I discovered there's so much more music out there other than what the radio plays, and I continue to be baffled at the sheer amount of radio play the bulk of those songs still get today (see: the spin doctors "two princes." ).

I'm not usually prone to nostalgia, but there are still a lot of things from that period that I do still have a great deal of fondness for (see: any time I've mentioned the barenaked ladies, or my last.fm can tell you how I listened to better than Ezra last week).
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There are like three bands on that list that are post-grunge, and they're the worst three.

This thread could be better titled "90s radio rock."
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There are like three bands on that list that are post-grunge, and they're the worst three.

This thread could be better titled "90s radio rock."
Post-grunge era, not style per se exactly. I even said that in the OP.
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OK, I think I follow.

Of those songs you listed, Closing Time is one of my favorites. I listened to that album a couple years ago on the strength of that track, and it was decent.
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Well then if it's just about that era, where are Radiohead, Beck, Oasis, Blur, Incubus, etc.? I mean, is this just really a list of music that came out in the mid-to-late 90s...?
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Well then if it's just about that era, where are Radiohead, Beck, Oasis, Blur, Incubus, etc.? I mean, is this just really a list of music that came out in the mid-to-late 90s...?
There's still a certain sound that a lot of them share though. A lot of them are the late 90s pop-rock thing. Radiohead, outside of Pablo Honey, has pretty much nothing in common with any of the bands listed. Nor does Oasis really. Plus, the same reason I didn't include Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, etc, that I stated in the OP - Radiohead and Oasis transcend the time period, they're not associated with a certain period in time like a bunch of these bands are.
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Creed and Bush have literally nothing in common with Gin Blossoms and Barenaked Ladies musically.

But I get what you mean, in the sense that these bands are associated with the mid to late 90s, an era that succeeded grunge, so they are "post-grunge" bands in that sense.
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But I get what you mean, in the sense that these bands are associated with the mid to late 90s, an era that succeeded grunge, so they are "post-grunge" bands in that sense.
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Everclear. I had forgotten they existed.
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That is a dreadful collection of bands. Why would you do this to us, ruckman?
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Everclear. I had forgotten they existed.
I didn't, I think I actually listened to so much for the afterglow of my own volition this current decade.
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That is a dreadful collection of bands. Why would you do this to us, ruckman?
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There's still a certain sound that a lot of them share though. A lot of them are the late 90s pop-rock thing. Radiohead, outside of Pablo Honey, has pretty much nothing in common with any of the bands listed. Nor does Oasis really. Plus, the same reason I didn't include Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, etc, that I stated in the OP - Radiohead and Oasis transcend the time period, they're not associated with a certain period in time like a bunch of these bands are.
I really don't think Harvey Danger has anything in common with most of those bands unless you're only considering Flagpole Sitta and the quicker vocal delivery akin to some of the other bands listed. In which case, maybe. But they sure don't sound alike. Anyway, with regard to Radiohead, you say that only Pablo Honey sounds like this genre/time period/unquantified list... so where does that leave The Bends, a very guitar driven post-grunge album?
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I really don't think Harvey Danger has anything in common with most of those bands unless you're only considering Flagpole Sitta and the quicker vocal delivery akin to some of the other bands listed. In which case, maybe. But they sure don't sound alike. Anyway, with regard to Radiohead, you say that only Pablo Honey sounds like this genre/time period/unquantified list... so where does that leave The Bends, a very guitar driven post-grunge album?
I also said Radiohead, among some other bands too, weren't included because they transcended the time period. Because they were/are better than 100% of the above list. In short, they're too good for the list.

And yes, I've never heard a Harvey Danger song other than Flagpole Sitta, so that's what I'm basing that on.
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