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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: 286 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
Cha BurnsCharlie Harper
Chris BashfordChris Bennett
Chris BostockChris Butler
Chris ConstantinouChris Wardman
Chrissie HyndeChuck Biscuits
Chuck DukowskiCindy Wilson
Colin ScotCraig Packham
D.J. BonebrakeDarrell Bath
Dave AlvinDave Birch
Dave CollardDave Formula
Dave GreenfieldDave Klein
Dave LeachDave Martin
Dave RuffyDave Vanian
Dave WinthropDavey Jones
David CairnsDavid Ferguson
David HumphreyDavid Kendrick
David RhodesDee Dee Ramone
Dejan CukićDennis Smith
Dez CadenaDon Snow
Dragan MitrićEddie Edwards
Emil JohnsonEric Heywood
Exene CervenkaFoz Foster
Fred SchneiderFred Smith
Fred WeberGarrie Dreadful
Garry RobertsGary Tibbs
Gene OctoberGeoff Colville
Geoff McOuatGeoff Sewell
Gerald V. CasaleGerry Cott
Glen "Spot" LockettGreg Ginn
Greg Van CookGregory Moore
Hans WärmlingHarvey Gold
Henry BadowskiHenry Rollins
Howard DevotoHugh Cornwell
Ian PageIan Woodcock
Jah WobbleJames Honeyman-Scott
James StevensonJames Walbourne
Jamie AbethellJason Sniderman
Jean-Jacques BurnelJeff Daly
Jeff FriedlJeffrey Piccinini
Jennifer DenittoJeremy Harrington
Jet BlackJim Mothersbaugh
Jim WalkerJimmy Rip
Joey RamoneJohn Doe
John DoyleJohn Ellis
John HaneyJohn Lydon
John McGeochJohn McKay
John Paul MoranJohn Reynolds
John ToweJohn Valentine Carruthers
Johnnie FingersJohnny Marr
Johnny RamoneJohny Britten
Jon "Stan" WhiteJon Klein
Jon ThurlowJonnie Dee
Josh FreeseJosh Hager
KansasKate Pierson
Keith LeveneKeith Morris
Keith StricklandKen Lockie
Kenny MorrisKip
Kira RoesslerKnox
Knox ChandlerKris Dollimore
Lee MorellLester Square
Lexington CraneLu Edmonds
Mal AslingMalcolm Foster
Marco PirroniMark Duncan
Mark LaffMark Mothersbaugh
Mark PriceMark Rathbone
Marky RamoneMartin Atkins
Martin ChambersMartin Drover
Martin JacksonMartin McCarrick
Martin StaceyMartyn Swain
Mat SargeantMichael Aylward
Mick BasherMickie Owen
Mike BambrickMike Slocombe
Mike VallelyMonty Oxymoron
Moose HarrisMorris Windsor
Nappy LemansNeil McDonald
Neil TaylorNenad Stamatović
Nic AustinNicholas Wesolowski
Nick PeckhamNick Wilkinson
Nigel BennettNigel Hardy
Noel ThompsonNoko
Orson PresenceOwen Tennyson
Pat CollierPatricia Morrison
Paul "Shirley" ShepleyPaul Bultitude
Paul GrayPaul Humphrey
Paul LincolnPaul Myers
Paul PackhamPaul Roberts
Paul SpencerPete Briquette
Pete DimmockPete Farndon
Pete HonkamakiPete Jones
Pete ParadaPete Phipps
Peter FentonPhil Ram
Predrag JakovljevićRalph Carney
Ralph LegniniRat Scabies
Richard DudanskiRichard Hell
Richard LloydRichie Ramone
Rick JoudreyRicky Wilson
Rob MarcheRob Miller
Rob SymmonsRobbie McIntosh
Robbie TartRobert Smith
Roberto "ROBO" ValverdeRobin Simon
Rod ReismanRoman Jugg
Ron ReyesRon Tomlinson
Scott FirthSean Mcluskey
Seb SheltonSid Vicious
Simon AinleySimon Croft
Simon CroweSimon Vitesse
Siouxsie SiouxStephen "Spartman" Atkinson
Steve BrummellSteve Corfield
Steve J. JonesSteve Tannett
Steve WilkinSteven Severin
Stu WestStuart Austin
Stuart SoulsbySusan Raven
T. M. StevensTim Briffa
Tim GriffinTom Verlaine
Tommy RamoneTony Barber
Tony GilkysonTony James
Trevor ReidyTyler Smith
Vic GodardWillie Dowling

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