Guide to 90s Music

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Compared to other eras, the concept of 90s music is quite difficult to pin down. Eccentric and wide-ranging, the decade challenges easy labeling. The cross-pollination of music in the 1990s has left a boundary-breaking legacy that remains today. Teen pop and dance-pop trends, which started in the 1970s and 1980s, continued in … Read more

The History of New Wave

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It’s incredible to think that music comes in many styles and forms that appeal either to the broader audience or to a particular type of audience. Rock and pop music have branched out to different styles, including new wave. New wave emerged onto the music scene during the late 1970s and early … Read more

History of Industrial Music

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Industrial music is a music genre that has transgressive, harsh, and proactive themes as well as sounds. Music enthusiasts call this genre the most aggressive and abrasive mix of electronic music and rock with a blend of avant-garde electronics experiments as well as a punk provocation. The name industrial music was made … Read more

Top Pop Female Stars of the 90s

Fanny packs, teensy sunglasses, and old baggy jeans are vivid reminders of the ’90s. But, during the said era, pop culture was as vibrant, too. The decade became the breeding ground for some of the greatest, most influential, or noteworthy female singers in existence. Here’s a list of some of the pop … Read more

What is J-Pop?

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Japanese pop music or J- Pop, which is known both in and outside of Japan, is a mainstream genre of music in Japan which has a large cult following all across the globe. While J-pop earned its reputation and status in the early 1990s, it gained its first following in the 1960s. … Read more

Artist Profile: Pink Floyd

Formed in 1965 in London, Pink Floyd was a rock band that became popular from London’s underground music scene in the late ‘60s. Since then, the group became one of the most influential and commercially successful bans in the music industry. The band was initially composed of Roger Waters on bass, Nick … Read more

Artist Profile: Chicago

Formed in Chicago, Illinois, in 1967. Chicago was a rock band that was originally named Chicago Transit Authority. They began performing jazz fusion music with politically charged lyrics but later changed to a softer sound and produced several hit ballads. During the ‘70s and the ‘80s, Chicago enjoyed great success and was … Read more

Artist Profile: Toto

Formed in 1977 in Los Angeles, California, Toto is a rock band that is currently composed of David Paich on keyboards and vocals, Steve Lukather on guitars and vocals, Joseph Williams on lead vocals, and Steve Porcaro on keyboards. Aside from being a rock band, Toto is also known for their different … Read more

Artist Profile: Sonic Youth

Formed in New York, City in 1981, Sonic Youth was a rock band that was composed of Kim Gordon on bass, Thurston Moore on guitars, Lee Ranaldo on guitars and vocals, and Steve Shelley on drums. Sonic Youth emerged from the American underground music scene and they are known for their use … Read more

Artist Profile: Tina Turner

Born Anna Mae Bullock, Tina Turner is the iconic singer, songwriter, and actress who was responsible for the hit songs such as Proud Mary, River Deep – Mountain High, A Fool in Love, and What’s Love Got To Do With It. Throughout her career, Tina Turner sold over 200 million records all across the … Read more

Artist Profile: Motley Crue

Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1981, Motley Crue is a rock band that is composed of Tommy Lee on drums, Mick Mars on lead guitars, Nikki six on bass, and Vince Neil on lead vocals. The band has sold over 100 million albums worldwide throughout their career that’s why they are … Read more

Artist Profile: Scorpions

Formed on 1965, Scorpion is a German rock band that is composed of Rudolf Schenker on rhythm guitar, Herman Rarebell on drums, Matthias Jabs on lead guitar, Klaus Meine on vocals, and Francis Buchholz on bass. Throughout the ‘80s, Scorpions received several critical and positive reviews from music critics. They also experienced … Read more

Artist Profile: Cyndi Lauper

Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper or popularly known as Cyndi Lauper is a singer, songwriter, and actress who has been in the entertainment business for over 40 years. She popularized the hit songs Time After Time, True Colors, All Through the Night, and Girls Just Want To Have Fun. Throughout her career, Cyndi … Read more

Artist Profile: Pixies

Formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986, Pixies are an alternative rock band that was composed of Joey Santiago on lead guitar, Kim Deal on bass and back-up vocals, Black Francis on vocals and rhythm guitar, and David Lovering on drums. Pixies are known for being one of the bands that rose to … Read more

Artist Profile: The Go-Go’s

The Go Gos

Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1978, The Go-Go’s is an American new-wave band that became famous in the early 1980s. They were the first all-female band who wrote their own songs played their own instruments and top Billboard charts. Their debut album was considered to be a cornerstone album of US … Read more

Artist Profile: Thompson Twins

The Thompson Twins was a British new wave/ mainstream pop group that was formed in 1977. They gained popularity in 1983 when they scored a string of hits in the United States, United Kingdom, and all around the world. Ten years later, the band decided to change their name from Thompson Twins … Read more

The Best Alternative Bands in the 1980s

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During the 1980s, alternative music meant anything that mainstream radio would not play, which was mostly anything back then. If you want to listen to alternative music, you need to have an “alternative” station or a college radio station to hear them.  1. The Smiths     The Smiths were an English rock … Read more

Whitesnake

Whitesnake

Formed by former Deep Purple member, David Coverdale in 1978, Whitesnake was an English rock band that is consist of Bernie Mardsen, David Coverdale, Neil Murray, Mick Moody, Jon Lord, and David Dowle. They are responsible for the hit albums “Ready an’ Willing”, “Come an’ Get It”, “Saint & Sinners”, and “Slide … Read more

Van Halen

Van Halen

Formed in Pasadena, California in 1972, Van Halen is a hard rock band that is composed of David Lee Roth on vocals, Alex Van Halen on drums, Eddie Van Halen on guitars, and Michael Anthony on bass. They were one of the most successful bands from the 80s. Throughout their career, they … Read more

Tears for Fears

Tears for Fears

Formed by British musicians Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith in 1981, Tears for Fears was founded after Smith’s and Orzabal’s first band, Graduate, disbanded. In the early 1980’s, Tears for Fears was known for being one of the new wave synthesizer bands but later they changed their genre into mainstream rock and … Read more

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

Formed in Hereford, England in March of 1978, The Pretenders is an American-British rock band that is composed of Chrissie Hynde on lead vocals and rhythm guitars, Martin Chambers on drums and percussion, James Honeyman-Scott on lead guitars and keyboards, and Pete Farndon on bass and backup vocals. Over the course of … Read more

The Human League

The Human League

Formed in Sheffield, England in 1977, The Human League is an English synth-pop band that rose to fame because of their album “Dare”.  Their hit singles include “Don’t You Want Me”, “Mirror Man”, “Human”, “The Lebanon”, and “Tell Me When”. The band originally consisted of Martyn Ware, Ian Craig Marsh, and Philip … Read more

INXS

INXS

Originally known as the Farris Brothers in 1977, INXS (pronounced as “in excess”) is an Australian band that is consist of Tim Farris in guitars, Jon Farris on drums, Garry Gary Beers on keyboards, Kirk Pengilly on keyboards and Micheal Hutchence on vocals. INXS was responsible for the hit songs “What You … Read more

The Cure

The Cure

Formed in 1976 in Crawley, West Sussex, The Cure is an English rock band that experienced a lot of line-up changes but still emerged to be one of the greatest bands in the 80s and beyond. They were one of the few bands who started in the 70’s that managed to make … Read more

Simple Minds

Simple Minds

Formed in 1977 in Glasgow, Simple Minds is a Scottish rock band that is currently composed of Jim Kerr on vocals, Charlie Burchill on guitar and keyboards, Catherine AD on vocals, guitar and keyboards, Sarah Brown on vocals, Ged Grimes on bass, Cherisse Osei on drums, and Gordie Goudie on guitars. They … Read more

Wham!

Wham!

Considered to be one of the most successful pop artist of the 80’s, Wham! Is an English duo composed of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. They had several worldwide chart topping songs like “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”, “Careless Whisper”, and “Everything She Wants”. Over the course of their career, Wham! … Read more

Talking Heads

Talking Heads

Formed in 1975 in New York City, Talking Heads was an American rock band that is comprised of David Byrne on lead vocals and guitar, Jerry Harrison on keyboards and guitar, Chris Frantz on drums, and Tina Weymouth on bass. Talking Heads helped paved the way for new wave music to make … Read more

The Police – An Iconic Rock Band

The Police

The Police was a British rock band from London that was formed in 1977. They played a style of rock influenced by reggae, punk, and jazz. The band consisted of Sting as the lead vocals, bass guitar, and primary songwriter, Andy Summers on guitar, and Steward Copeland on drums and percussion. The … Read more

Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys

Formed in London in 1981, Pet Shop Boys is an English synth-pop duo that is consist of Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant. The Pet Shop Boys was hailed by The Guinness Book of Records as the most successful duo in the UK. They have won three times in the Brit Awards, nominated … Read more

R.E.M

R.E.M

Formed in Georgia in 1980, R.E.M is an American rock band that is composed of Bill Berry as the drummer, Peter Buck on guitars, Mike Mills on bass and back up vocals, and Michael Stipe on lead vocals. R.E.M was one of the pioneers of the alternative rock genre. Their single “Radio … Read more