What bands have had a greater impact on a decade than Green Day and Oasis? Surely 1990's was pioneered by these two groups, but my playlist also highlights pop jangle sensations the Gin Blossoms.
Few bands that enjoyed success during the post-grunge alternative clustered 1990’s decade have been able to continue creating great music and touring as successfully as the melodic and transcendent Gin Blossoms of Tempe, Arizona. Their previous release, Major Lodge Victory, while greatly under appreciated by the mass media and radio play list automation, carried a similar energy and originality that could be appreciated from start to finish reminiscent of master works New Miserable Experience and Congratulations I’m Sorry. Now returning with No Chocolate Cake, the Gin Blossoms continue to offer fans and critics more of their excellent harmonies, wide vocal range, and tracing guitar lines to accent the upbeat rhythm and California - Arizona sound brand that represents a continuity of musical excellence that has remained true to its core since their earliest offerings that redefined the alternative rock genres.
Toad the Wet Sprocket and Guster also flew largely udner the radar, but deserve much more acclaim for their musical contributions to rock history.
To round things, out, bands like Blind Melon and Sister Hazel get dramatically forgotten though their catalog of well performed and technically sound guitar work go undiscovered by many fans of the era.
Sure, one hit wonders like Eagle Eye Cherry can live from royalties on "Save Tonight", but songs like that serve as an archetype for the decade.
While Nirvana paved the way for Green Day, Offspring, and the Foo Fighters, even Kirk Cobain realized the power of an unbridled acoustic performance in "About a Girl".
The Counting Crows broke perhaps the biggest alternative single of the decade with "Mr. Jones", and followed with the nearly as great "A Long December".
While Jakob Dylan provided reason for DNA research with his vocal brilliance of "One Headlight", the decade shaped around melodic guitar assists and subtle harmonies of the elite bands of the 1990's.