The amount of musical ground covered in the 90s is a bit too much for anyone to follow. At the turn of the decade in the 80s, we blasted glam metal into the ground and brought almost every offshoot of rock into the mix, from pop punk and grunge to nu metal, britpop and alternative. for adults, all having their fair share of time on the charts.
However, when you’re flipping through classic songs so quickly, it’s easy to miss pieces of perfection without even noticing. While each of these songs might be from bands you recognize, these tracks never really got the recognition they deserved in the spotlight, as most radio stations only wanted to hear the greatest hits.
If you peel back the layers behind these songs, there’s an argument to be made that they might be some of the best work these artists have ever done, either because of the risks they decide to take, or just to finally nailing their style. to absolute perfection. From new faces on the scene to older acts showing they can hold their own in the decades since, any other decade would have been proud to call these songs some of the best they had to offer.
There’s a good chunk of Red Hot Chili Peppers fans who argue that the best Chili Peppers records come when John Frusciante was in the band. After losing Hillel Slovak to heroin addiction, the creativity John brought to the table was almost too much for him to bear with the sudden assault on stardom, leading him to quit the band and downgrade his band. own burrow of self-destruction. The Peppers were definitely in freefall, but that doesn’t mean the Navarro years should be ignored on principle.
Although One Hot Minute has been rated over the past few years as far better than many of us remember, songs like Warped should never have received this treatment in the first place. Kicking off the record on an eerie note with Anthony Kiedis speaking while singing the song’s intro, the whole track turns into a borderline cut of metal once the rest of the instruments kick in, with Dave Navarro taking a searing solo in the back half that carried over much of the shredding he had in Jane’s Addiction.
Again, you can see why this was a very different version of the Peppers than what we had grown accustomed to on Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Many of the band members had relapsed from drugs during this time, and the sound of this record was much darker for people who expected Under the Bridge Part 2 to be understood. Still, pain sometimes demands to be felt, and you can sometimes turn it into something heartbreaking.