What Should We Call 90s Alternative Music These Days

by kalbzayn on August 22, 2007

I’m ripping my CDs onto my new hard drive.  The software I’m using to rip the CDs assigns all of the titles, artist, year, etc. but it doesn’t assign a genre.

I’m having a hell of a time deciding if somebody like Cracker, R.E.M., Pearl Jam is still an alternative band or somehow turned into a rock band.  I have Sirius Radio and listen to a lot of the Left Of Center alternative channel so I’m actually listening to some new alternative music these days and it doesn’t really sound or feel much like the alternative music of the late 80s/early 90s.

Alice In Chains, Bush, Stone Temple Pilots, Foo Fighters?

What are these groups?

It seems easier to leave a group like Meat Puppets in the Alternative group because they never really had the same commercial success as the others that I’ve listed.  Can a group really be called still be called alternative when they managed to get popular and move into really big houses?

Maybe I should just get rid of the just get rid of the genre label in my music player.  With the emergence of MP3s and stores like iTunes, I’m pretty much over the entire CD/Album mentality.  I’m lucky if I even bother to remember the title of songs anymore.

Anyway, I’m having a good time listening to these songs again even if I can’t figure out how to classify some of them.  I used to be a total music junky and haven’t really found the time to listen to it much over the last several years.  If there is two good things to come out of this whole migration to Linux, it is rediscovering the old music (the other good thing is that I don’t have to use Windows except when I’m actually earning my paycheck).

{ 3 comments }

Bonnie August 22, 2007 at 6:42 pm

Why not just stick them all under the same genre of “Mike Likes”?

kalbzayn August 22, 2007 at 6:48 pm

I’m thinking of going with “Bands that used to piss my parents off but now regularly play in their car.”

Jenny August 24, 2007 at 7:19 pm

I’m with the dude above me. :)

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