Alternative History

The Story of Soundgarden and 4th of July

Soundgarden was already one of the most respected bands in the Seattle area by the early 1990s. It was their album, Superunknown, that transformed them into a platinum-selling band. Singles like Black hole sun and Spoonman ay have been hits. However, deeper album cuts…
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The story of Oasis' Live Forever

Oasis managed to do with Live Forever in the U.K. what Nirvana’s Smells like teen spirit had done for Nirvana earlier in the decade. It changed the musical landscape overnight. And, they only needed some angsty lyrics and a couple of burrowed guitar riffs to it too.
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The Story of Pulp's Common People

Pulp’s Common People was an unlikely Brit-Pop anthem delivered from an unlikely source. The Jarvis Cocker fronted had released several critically-acclaimed records. But, they had to wait until 1995 for Common People to strike a chord with Britain’s working…
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Hawkwind: Psych-rock pioneers or acid victims?

Hawkwind, depending on who it is you ask, and where exactly they first encountered the group, are either responsible for creating one of the first robust underground scenes in rock, or were a bunch of misguided acid victims. To some, they were salt-of-the-earth musicians…
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John Cooper Clarke's musical career

John Cooper Clarke is, arguably, the most famous living British poet, an icon of the punk era, an inspiration to Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys, and a man with a hairstyle worth building a cult around. Although Clarke is, especially, famous for the solo performances of…