As Everclear singer turns 50, we celebrate late-’90s alterna-pop
Was late-’90s alterna-pop mankind’s greatest contribution to rock n roll? That’s certainly up for debate.
But with Everclear frontman Art Alexakis turning 50 today, we’ve decided to take a look back at the bands that marked that fuzzy musical period: That post-Pixies, post-Nirvanna crazy time when everything that was once considered fringe (or dangerous, even… blue hair? gasp!) was suddenly widely accessible at the local mall.
Whether you call it abysmal or groundbreaking (this period did give us the grrrl power of Gwen Stefani, right?), at minimum, it was the soundtrack to an exciting time in pop culture, including the birth of the World Wide Web. And for that, late-90s alterna-pop, we thank you.
Images in slider include:
1. No Doubt perform at Clean & Sober Beach Party, 1989. (Adrian Young, Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal). (Photo by Barry King/WireImage, 90067196)
2. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at the MTV Video Music Awards ’97 in New York (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, 77798527)
3. Photo of Foo Fighters (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns, 85217128)
4. Punk Rock band Blink 182 (L-R Travis Barker, Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge) pose for a portrait in their dressing room at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, California on October 8, 1996. (Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, 82965579)
5. Everclear poses for a portrait at Capitol Records in Hollywood, California on October 2, 1997. (L-R:) Drummer Greg Eklund, Vocals/guitar Art Alexakis, bass Craig Montoya. (Photo by: Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/GettyImages, 76188268)
Editor’s note: Maria Dias is admittedly (embarassingly?) reliving her high school/college years in this post. She spent the entire morning IM’ing with her colleagues about other bands to include as part of her ‘research.’ Among them: Marcy Playground, Spacehog, Cake, The Toadies, Goldfinger, Fastball and Smashmouth… Ring any bells? Good times…