The Beginning of Rock: Part 5


Paige Westwood

Music lives on through the people who continue to listen after the decade has passed. That is the most interesting thing about music: no matter how long ago it was composed, music lives on through the people. I believe rock music should be more known to this generation to show how far we have come in music, which brings me to the 90s rock music  installment of my series on the decades of rock.  

The 90s was the all time high for rock music. Different types of genres came out during this era, such as grunge, more heavy metal, and alternative rock music. 

Pearl Jam started in 1990, the very beginning of grunge. They found new sounds to inspire the upcoming bands. With frontman Eddie Vedder, they are still up and running in 2020 with new music and new setlists. Ten is their most well known album and is still very relevant in this generation. 

Pearl Jam: Jermey unplugged

Up next is the most well known grunge band, Nirvana. Nirvana was created in Washington, when frontman Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic met and ran through five different drummers before finding Chad Channing and releasing their first album Bleach. Cobain struggled with addiction with heiron and met his demise as a suicide in 1994.

Nirvana: Smells Like Teen Spirit

Alice In Chains started in 1987 is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington. All though they are considered grunge, they dipped into metal occasionally. Jerry Cantrell and Layne Staley matched well together such as Cantrell’s gloomy minor- key riffs and Staleys tortured lyrics. After Staley’s death, due to Speedball (a mix of cocaine and heroin), AIC continued making music with a new front man William Bradley Duvall. Cobain and Staley both died on April 5th, but Cobain died eight years prior in 1994.

Alice In Chains: Nutshell

Rage Against the Machine was formed in 1991, in LA, California. RATM is a troubled band, with new members coming and going. Their music is basically an uproar against the system. They made heavy metal music and probably had the best mosh pits known according to Rolling Stones. They released in 2019 that they plan to come back together for a 2020 tour. 

Rage Against The Machine: Bulls on Parade

Korn was formed in 1993, as a nu metal band ( which is new metal). Now, Korn is  a well known heavy metal band, they enjoy getting arise out of people. They are the pioneers of nu metal and made it more mainstream to the media. Currently the only original band member who isn’t apart of Korn is Silveria. 

Slipknot was formed in 1995, first known as The Pale Ones. They are known for their crazy clown masks they wear while performing. According to Shawn Crahan it would help him perform better. Slipknot created music for the emotions no one wants to bring up, that’s why they have such a big fan base. They expressed emotions everyone has but is too scared to admit. 

Disclaimer: Check out their music on any platform, but explicit content is in the songs. 

To wrap up my 90s article, this is my favorite era of music. Emotions were allowed to come out, bringing up depression and how it destroys one’s soul. These bands work very hard for what they have and allow others to express themselves in ways no one else can. It is tragic to lose amazing artists to drugs, but without those experiences rock music wouldn’t be what it is now.