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by Dan Weiss

August 16, 2014


Alt Rock Deep Cuts: 1992

by Dan Weiss  |  August 16, 2014

Post-Nevermind alt rock -- now we're cooking. By 1992, major labels were signing everyone from Ween (see the supremely unmarketable hyper-country of "Pumpin' 4 the Man") to ex-Vaseline Eugene Kelly (check Eugenius' Teenage Fanclub-esque "Bed-In"), with who knows what in their eyes -- but probably not dollar signs.

Meanwhile, Galaxie 500's Dean Wareham traded in his adolescent quaver for a more demure sexiness on Luna songs like "I Want Everything." And longtime Geffen stalwarts Sonic Youth finally had songs as peppy as "Wish Fulfillment" without really creating a bump in record sales. Being an oddity was becoming a way of life -- see Ministry's` "Scare Crow", which sounded like a screwball take on "When the Levee Breaks," or The Magnetic Fields' ultra-campy "Tokyo-a-Go-Go", recorded when they were still just experimenting with a Casio on their earliest record. Meanwhile, P.J. Harvey's Dry was getting good press everywhere -- but not nearly enough to make the excellent "Happy and Bleeding" sound as universal as the breast-beating "Dress" or "Sheela-Na-Gig".

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