A Curious Case of Failure

The mid-1990s had little to offer in the way of quality, lasting rock music. Just a few short years after grunge had exploded the entire genre, the 90s offered up a long, dead period of time during which everyone sorted through debris while trying to figure out what to do next. This was because, by…

I’ll be darned… rock ain’t dead yet.

Here is a band of children who are surely not old enough to vote in this country (although they are not from this country) and might not even be old enough to drive, either. Yet they seem to have figured out how to rock a good little bit. Thank goodness for them. It gives the…

The best Croatian rock band you’ve never heard of.

People often ask me, they ask, “Walt, what is the best Croatian rock band I don’t even know about? Sometimes I rattle off a couple of names, just to appease them. Or toy with them. Or make them go away. But when I come across someone who is serious about getting to the bottom of…

One Hit Wonders of the 90s

This list is by no means all-encompassing. It’s also highly subjective, not in any order of preference, and mostly rock. Maybe there is something here that’s new to you. Or something you missed. Or something you forgot about. Whatever the case, enjoy. Hum | “Stars” One day while watching Headbanger’s Ball I found myself wondering why…

Favorite Albums of 1996

I posted yesterday about a mostly-forgotten band called Failure that released a mostly forgotten album called Fantastic Planet in 1996. Poking around online for what others had said about that album, I found it made quite a few best-of lists for that year. I’ve been mulling over those lists all day. Obviously, they’re subjective, and no two…