Underground Music 20th Anniversaries

20th Anniversary for huge moments in music


Soundgarden (band) poses in a publicity session with Jason Everman for Sub Pop Records in November of 1989. Soundgarden’s most popular album ever, “Superunknown,” was released in 1994. Photo taken by: Michael Lavine

April 5, 1994 marked the death of the musical wave called “grunge,” but after 20 years grunge has reemerged in younger generations.

On April 10, 2014, rock band Nirvana was inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame 20 years after the death of lead singer Kurt Cobain. The event has launched bands like Nirvana back into the mainstream. Some have even began to tour again (i.e. Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails, and others).

This year also marks the 20th Anniversary of many other events, such as the release of legendary albums, band reformations and band splits.

The most popular album to be released was Superunknown by Soundgarden. The album still remains the band’s most notable album of all time. Recently the band performed the whole album in full at the iTunes Festival at SXSW 2014 Festival in Austin, Texas.

Other major events that happened during the year were the reformation of the Eagles, the disbandment of Pink Floyd, the launch of soon-to-be successful bands and artists (Dave Matthews Band, Oasis and Green Day among others), and the rise of female alternative artists (including Courtney Love, Tori Amos, Nina Gordon and Louise Post).

All of these 20 year anniversaries are reviving a music scene long gone, supplying young people inspiration for the future.

Incomplete list of popular albums to come out in ‘94:

January 25: Jar of Flies EP – Alice in Chains
January 25: Too High to Die – Meat Puppets
January 31: Under the Pink – Tori Amos
February 1: Dookie – Green Day
March 8: The Downward Spiral – Nine Inch Nails
March 8: Superunknown – Soundgarden
April 8: Smash – The Offspring
April 12: Live Through This – Hole
May 10: Weezer (“Blue Album”) – Weezer
July 19: Portrait of an American Family – Marilyn Manson
August 22: Dummy – Portishead
August 30: Definitely Maybe – Oasis
September 27: American Thighs – Veruca Salt
September 27: Under the Table and Dreaming – Dave Matthews Band
October 3: No Need to Argue – The Cranberries
October 11: Korn – Korn
November 1: MTV Unplugged in New York – Nirvana
December 5: Vitalogy – Pearl Jam
December 6: Sixteen Stone – Bush

All photos taken from: Noise from the Underground: A Secret History of Alternative Rock by Michael Lavine, Pat Blashill, and Henry Rollins