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0-9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Picture    Alternative rock is a genre of rock music that emerged from the independent music  underground of the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s and 2000s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music. The term's original meaning was broader, referring to a generation of musicians unified by their collective debt to either the musical style or simply the independent, D.I.Y. ethos of punk rock, which in the late 1970s laid the groundwork for alternative music. At times, "alternative" has been used as a catch-all description for music from underground rock artists that receives mainstream recognition, or for any music, whether rock or not, that is seen to be descended from punk rock (including some examples of punk itself, as well as new wave, and post-punk).

    By 1984, a majority of groups signed to independent record labels mined from a variety of rock and particularly 1960s rock influences. This represented a sharp break from the futuristic, hyper-rational post-punk years.

   Throughout the 1980s, alternative rock remained mainly an underground phenomenon. While on occasion a song would become a commercial hit or albums would receive critical praise in mainstream publications like Rolling Stone, alternative rock in the 1980s was primarily featured on independent record labels, fanzines, and college radio stations. Alternative bands built underground followings by touring constantly and by regularly releasing low-budget albums. In the case of the United States, new bands would form in the wake of previous bands, which created an extensive underground circuit in America, filled with different scenes in various parts of the country. Although American alternative artists of the 1980s never generated spectacular album sales, they exerted a considerable influence on later alternative musicians and laid the groundwork for their success. By 1989 the genre had become popular enough that a package tour featuring New OrderPublic Image Limited and The Sugarcubes toured the United States arena circuit.


Alternative rock bands24 bands in database

Alternative rock artists: 285 artists in database

Adam AntAdam Seymour
Adrian WyattAlan Lee Shaw
Alan MyersAlgy Ward
Allan DiasAndré Cymone
Andy HobsonAndy Prince
Andy RourkeAndy Warren
Anthony MartinezBarry Adamson
Baz WarneBen Brierley
Ben MandelsonBid
Bill LaswellBill MacCormick
Bill StevensonBilly Ficca
Billy IdolBilly Zoom
Blair CunninghamBob Casale
Bob DickinsonBob Ethington
Bob GeldofBob Jessie
Bob LewisBob Mothersbaugh
Bob WardBogdan Wiczling
Boz BoorerBrandon Pertzborn
Branko IsakovićBrian James
Brian MigdolBruce Smith
Bruce WitkinBryn Merrick
BudgieC. J. Ramone
C'el RevueltaCaptain Sensible
Carey FortuneCarrie Booth
Charlie HarperChris Bashford
Chris BennettChris Bostock
Chris ButlerChris Constantinou
Chris WardmanChrissie Hynde
Chuck BiscuitsChuck Dukowski
Cindy WilsonColin Scot
Craig PackhamD.J. Bonebrake
Darrell BathDave Alvin
Dave BirchDave Collard
Dave FormulaDave Greenfield
Dave KleinDave Leach
Dave MartinDave Ruffy
Dave VanianDave Winthrop
Davey JonesDavid Cairns
David FergusonDavid Humphrey
David KendrickDavid Rhodes
Dee Dee RamoneDejan Cukić
Dennis SmithDez Cadena
Don SnowDragan Mitrić
Eddie EdwardsEmil Johnson
Eric HeywoodExene Cervenka
Foz FosterFred Schneider
Fred SmithFred Weber
Garrie DreadfulGarry Roberts
Gary TibbsGene October
Geoff ColvilleGeoff McOuat
Geoff SewellGerald V. Casale
Gerry CottGlen "Spot" Lockett
Greg GinnGreg Van Cook
Gregory MooreHans Wärmling
Harvey GoldHenry Badowski
Henry RollinsHoward Devoto
Hugh CornwellIan Page
Ian WoodcockJah Wobble
James Honeyman-ScottJames Stevenson
James WalbourneJamie Abethell
Jason SnidermanJean-Jacques Burnel
Jeff DalyJeff Friedl
Jeffrey PiccininiJennifer Denitto
Jeremy HarringtonJet Black
Jim MothersbaughJim Walker
Jimmy RipJoey Ramone
John DoeJohn Doyle
John EllisJohn Haney
John LydonJohn McGeoch
John McKayJohn Paul Moran
John ReynoldsJohn Towe
John Valentine CarruthersJohnnie Fingers
Johnny MarrJohnny Ramone
Johny BrittenJon "Stan" White
Jon KleinJon Thurlow
Jonnie DeeJosh Freese
Josh HagerKansas
Kate PiersonKeith Levene
Keith MorrisKeith Strickland
Ken LockieKenny Morris
KipKira Roessler
KnoxKnox Chandler
Kris DollimoreLee Morell
Lester SquareLexington Crane
Lu EdmondsMal Asling
Malcolm FosterMarco Pirroni
Mark DuncanMark Laff
Mark MothersbaughMark Price
Mark RathboneMarky Ramone
Martin AtkinsMartin Chambers
Martin DroverMartin Jackson
Martin McCarrickMartin Stacey
Martyn SwainMat Sargeant
Michael AylwardMick Basher
Mickie OwenMike Bambrick
Mike SlocombeMike Vallely
Monty OxymoronMoose Harris
Morris WindsorNappy Lemans
Neil McDonaldNeil Taylor
Nenad StamatovićNic Austin
Nicholas WesolowskiNick Peckham
Nick WilkinsonNigel Bennett
Nigel HardyNoel Thompson
NokoOrson Presence
Owen TennysonPat Collier
Patricia MorrisonPaul "Shirley" Shepley
Paul BultitudePaul Gray
Paul HumphreyPaul Lincoln
Paul MyersPaul Packham
Paul RobertsPaul Spencer
Pete BriquettePete Dimmock
Pete FarndonPete Honkamaki
Pete JonesPete Parada
Pete PhippsPeter Fenton
Phil RamPhoenix
PinchPredrag Jakovljević
Ralph CarneyRalph Legnini
Rat ScabiesRichard Dudanski
Richard HellRichard Lloyd
Richie RamoneRick Joudrey
Ricky WilsonRob Marche
Rob MillerRob Symmons
Robbie McIntoshRobbie Tart
Robert SmithRoberto "ROBO" Valverde
Robin SimonRod Reisman
Roman JuggRon Reyes
Ron TomlinsonScott Firth
Sean McluskeySeb Shelton
Sid ViciousSimon Ainley
Simon CroftSimon Crowe
Simon VitesseSiouxsie Sioux
Stephen "Spartman" AtkinsonSteve Brummell
Steve CorfieldSteve J. Jones
Steve TannettSteve Wilkin
Steven SeverinStu West
Stuart AustinStuart Soulsby
Susan RavenT. M. Stevens
Tim BriffaTim Griffin
Tom VerlaineTommy Ramone
Tony BarberTony Gilkyson
Tony JamesTrevor Reidy
Tyler SmithVic Godard
Willie Dowling

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