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EverDownward
07/15/19 2:17:52 PM
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Foreword: So, a looong time ago, I did another one of these. It was the first, "7 Days of EBM." And I got a good enough reception, and I enjoyed it enough that I decided to do some more. I was conflicted in whether I should start with this or the genre I'll probably do next. In any case, I hope you enjoy!

P.S.: I'll usually post the music video version if there's an official one for the song.

Disclaimer: In no way am I an authority on the matter, this is merely a list for my and CE's amusement.


Day One: Sonic Youth - Teenage Riot

Known as one of the most pivotal, most important stepping stones in the alternative rock scene Sonic Youth debuted with 1982s Sonic Youth EP. Although their early years are mired in the fading trappings of the post-punk era, they would quickly switch to a more conventional sound that found them mixing guitar distortion with lofty vocals not unlike the downward casting heads of shoegazing. It was 1988s Daydream Nation that saw them skyrocket into success, showered with critical and commercial acclaim and eventually entered into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.

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ledbowman
07/15/19 2:19:17 PM
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Jane's Addiction "Summertime Rolls"
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EverDownward
07/15/19 2:20:02 PM
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@WafflehouseJK
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ledbowman
07/15/19 2:24:31 PM
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Mazzy Star "Fade Into You"
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EverDownward
07/15/19 2:28:00 PM
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ledbowman posted...
Jane's Addiction "Summertime Rolls"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmbeVImFXcs" data-time="

ledbowman posted...
Mazzy Star "Fade Into You"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avv2IIdDnnk" data-time="

Man, there's so many good alt rock acts. I wish I could include more. I'm probably going to wind up cheating for some of the other genres, because I've got the 7 I've chosen and then maybe like one or two bonus songs that I'll post, as well.
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ledbowman
07/15/19 2:30:41 PM
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Yeah this stuff is my shit. I'll be posting lots in here probably. Yesterday I was thinking of making this topic myself.
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hollow_shrine
07/15/19 2:32:55 PM
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The Sundays - Here's Where The Story Ends
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHsip5xOenQ" data-time="


Natalie Merchant - San Andreas Fault
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_wQ322HgAo" data-time="

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EverDownward
07/15/19 2:34:38 PM
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ledbowman posted...
Yeah this stuff is my shit. I'll be posting lots in here probably. Yesterday I was thinking of making this topic myself.

Holy shit. I actually was thinking about putting this off, but something in me said that if I didn't someone would probably make this topic so that's why I bit the bullet. Damn, I got lucky :P

But hell yeah, you're more than welcome to post recommendations and whatnot!
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Shotgunnova
07/15/19 2:34:48 PM
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Faith No More - Kindergarten
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EverDownward
07/15/19 2:36:22 PM
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Shotgunnova posted...
Faith No More - Kindergarten
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CBjJhDDunQ" data-time="

I'm a big, big fan of Faith No More and Angel Dust in particular. Great pick.
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ledbowman
07/15/19 2:38:04 PM
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R.E.M. "Laughing"
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EverDownward
07/15/19 2:39:17 PM
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>_> I hope nobody posts any of the other six songs I've got lol
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Hairistotle
07/15/19 2:39:48 PM
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What counts as alt rock
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hollow_shrine
07/15/19 2:40:06 PM
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Most people are probably more familiar with the version of this track that was featured on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer soundtrack, that really downplays the drums and guitars. Honestly, I like them both.

Splendid - Charge (Album version)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxUeusUzkgg" data-time="


Splendid - Charge (BtVS acoustic version)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBvFNBdj2rk" data-time="

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EvalAngell
07/15/19 2:40:32 PM
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Hairistotle posted...
What counts as alt rock


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EverDownward
07/15/19 2:42:11 PM
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Hairistotle posted...
What counts as alt rock

Do you want, like, my opinion on it or a more educated guess? To me, alternative rock is usually rock music that's a little too different to be a big hit on radio. It's not as clean, usually. Can be weird, quirky, etc. I think of groups like Primus, Faith No More, etc.

If we ask wikipedia: "alternative" has been used as a catch-all description for music from underground rock artists that receives mainstream recognition, or for any music, whether rock or not, that is seen to be descended from punk rock (including some examples of punk itself, as well as new wave, and post-punk).
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Shotgunnova
07/15/19 2:43:24 PM
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NoMeansNo - Rags and Bones
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Hairistotle
07/15/19 2:43:32 PM
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I was looking for a broad definition since I didn't know if I had anything post worthy. I do not.
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Thompson
07/15/19 2:44:57 PM
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Hairistotle posted...
What counts as alt rock

ledbowman posted...
R.E.M. "Laughing"

I wondered the same, but I also thought R.E.M was AOR/Heartland rock. They make the kind of music my mom listens to, and no, that's not a disrepectful remark.
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Hairistotle
07/15/19 2:46:11 PM
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They play a few REM songs on the radio where I'm at. I always lumped them in with classic rock bands
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EverDownward
07/15/19 2:48:09 PM
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Hairistotle posted...
They play a few REM songs on the radio where I'm at. I always lumped them in with classic rock bands

Hrmm. R.E.M. to me is more like college rock, but I still consider them alternative. Classic rock to me is stuff like KISS, Styx, etc.
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hollow_shrine
07/15/19 2:51:18 PM
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Hairistotle posted...
What counts as alt rock

At this point it seems like anything that isn't pop punk or really mainstream like Nickleback qualifies. It's too wide an umbrella.

So I'm just using the link in the OP to post stuff I think shares genre conventions. I've also been trying to stay within the same decade. There are plenty of newer acts though.

Japanese Breakfast - Boyish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3bjPGUDl1k" data-time="


Real Estate - Holding Pattern
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JL8FBqzeIik" data-time="

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Hairistotle
07/15/19 2:52:17 PM
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It seems like alt rock is just a term for "not classic rock or grunge" >_>
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hollow_shrine
07/15/19 2:56:34 PM
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Hairistotle posted...
It seems like alt rock is just a term for "not classic rock or grunge" >_>

Grunge could be considered alt rock, or it used to be. Most people just treat it like one of the many genres under that umbrella. It's like punk rock that has evolutions stretching from emo sounds of the Cure to the Smiths to Nirvana.
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ledbowman
07/15/19 2:59:11 PM
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I file grunge under alt rock.
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Hairistotle
07/15/19 2:59:59 PM
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I'm so confused lol. Imma just lurk the rest of this topic for exposure to new songs
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WaterLink
07/15/19 3:00:13 PM
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EverDownward
07/15/19 3:01:37 PM
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I'm too much of a music nerd to put grunge under alt-rock, although I guess if I had to I would. Grunge was very big on its own in the early to mid 90s. It definitely had its own identity separate from typical alternative. Like, I wouldn't really compare Pearl Jam to Jane's Addiction.
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ledbowman
07/15/19 3:04:23 PM
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Roughly, I think of alternative as what was counterprogramming to the mainstream at the time (1980s forward) and eventually came into its own popularity.
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YookaLaylee
07/15/19 3:06:20 PM
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Shotgunnova
07/15/19 3:15:07 PM
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Game Theory - The Waist and the Knees
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ledbowman
07/15/19 3:56:26 PM
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Pixies "Caribou"
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hollow_shrine
07/15/19 4:42:44 PM
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EverDownward posted...
I'm too much of a music nerd to put grunge under alt-rock, although I guess if I had to I would. Grunge was very big on its own in the early to mid 90s. It definitely had its own identity separate from typical alternative. Like, I wouldn't really compare Pearl Jam to Jane's Addiction.

The only things I tend to put under alt rock are bands too popular to be 'indie,' but that still seem to get limited radio play, if at all. Radiohead is one such band for me. And even then, I need an additional tag to attach to it so I can keep the 'alt rock' section of my music library organized.

And the term 'alternative rock' feels temporally anchored to the 90's and early aughts me, like it has no business describing anything made in the past fifteen years (by a group who wasn't around in the nineties). I also find myself tagging bands who used to be popular but whose careers have moved out of the popular rock scene as alt rock. So that might be bands like Third Eye Blind or Duncan Sheik, who continued to produce music decades after pop radio lost interest.

Other genre tags like 'adult contemporary rock' just don't seem very descriptive to me. I'm more satisfied if I can cross reference something as being a fusion of genres if I can't find one I really like. And dancing around the edges of that whole thing is personal preference/recollection.

Whatever. The below link has nothing to do with the above unsolicited stream of consciousness self reflection.

Chapel Club - Widows
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ledbowman
07/15/19 4:42:53 PM
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PJ Harvey "Reeling"
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vocedelmorte
07/15/19 4:48:03 PM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nGsT_qFMBs" data-time="

I remember actually trying to get into Mudhoney, but nothing was better than this song
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hollow_shrine
07/15/19 5:07:25 PM
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vocedelmorte posted...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nGsT_qFMBs" data-time="

I remember actually trying to get into Mudhoney, but nothing was better than this song

See, I would say that's straight up punk rock.
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vocedelmorte
07/15/19 5:16:20 PM
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Idk to me Mudhoney is kinda the same style as Sonic Youth or Janes Addiction, can be called either grunge or altrock, some songs can be called punk as well
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WafflehouseJK
07/15/19 6:18:21 PM
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I'd say grunge is similar to Alt Rock while still being distinctly it's own thing. Someone earlier made a good point that trying to lump in Pearl Jam with Jane's Addiction just seems.... wrong.

But if we ARE counting Grunge for this....

I'll post some of my more obscure favorite songs in here, since my grunge topic from a while back died.
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ledbowman
07/15/19 6:21:07 PM
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Bjork "Human Behavior"
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ledbowman
07/15/19 10:04:57 PM
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Pavement "The Killing Moon"
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EverDownward
07/16/19 1:51:49 PM
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Day Two: The Pixies Gigantic

When Black Francis and Joe Santiago put out an ad seeking a bassist with an interest in folk group Peter, Paul, and Mary, as well as alt act Husker Du, Kim Deal would be the only person to respond to the ad. And although she didnt have a bass because she didnt know how to play, the duo liked her and brought her on as the third wheel of their outfit. When the three got Dave Lovering to join, and Santiago gave the group the name The Pixies, destiny was set. The Pixies are an incredibly influential group that saw great success with their albums Come On Pilgrim in 87 along with Surfer Rosa and Doolittle in the following years. Their loud-quiet dynamic would be critical to the success of such acts as Nirvana, and although their prime years were spent between rocking and ranting between Francis and Deal, the band still continues to play and still continues to live on as one of the most critically acclaimed acts in alt rock history. Kim Deal may have not got to sing as much as she liked in the group (having such disdain for Francis to a point that she went and created her own group during the bands initial hiatus), but Gigantic can be seen as one of the groups most remembered tracks.

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GhettoFlip
07/16/19 3:02:26 PM
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EverDownward posted...
Hairistotle posted...
They play a few REM songs on the radio where I'm at. I always lumped them in with classic rock bands

Hrmm. R.E.M. to me is more like college rock, but I still consider them alternative. Classic rock to me is stuff like KISS, Styx, etc.


college is alt rock. that's literally where it started
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EverDownward
07/16/19 3:03:36 PM
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GhettoFlip posted...
EverDownward posted...
Hairistotle posted...
They play a few REM songs on the radio where I'm at. I always lumped them in with classic rock bands

Hrmm. R.E.M. to me is more like college rock, but I still consider them alternative. Classic rock to me is stuff like KISS, Styx, etc.


college is alt rock. that's literally where it started

I did say I consider R.E.M. as both college and alt rock.
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ledbowman
07/16/19 3:11:18 PM
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Red Hot Chili Peppers "Sexy Mexican Maid"
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ledbowman
07/16/19 4:54:44 PM
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Pinback "Talby"
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WaterLink
07/16/19 5:27:41 PM
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ledbowman
07/16/19 6:08:44 PM
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The Smashing Pumpkins "Valentine"
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Kain Highwind
07/16/19 6:09:28 PM
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Thompson posted...
Hairistotle posted...
What counts as alt rock

ledbowman posted...
R.E.M. "Laughing"

I wondered the same, but I also thought R.E.M was AOR/Heartland rock. They make the kind of music my mom listens to, and no, that's not a disrepectful remark.

They were early, but they were definitely college/alt rock
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Shotgunnova
07/16/19 8:56:22 PM
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Camper Van Beethoven - Turquoise Jewelry
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ledbowman
07/16/19 11:57:54 PM
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Live "All Over You"
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