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Classic Alternative: Beastie Boys “Paul’s Boutique” [Capitol]

By the time 1988 arrived (think hard, now: Poison, Def Leppard, Debbie Gibson and George Michael’s “Faith” comprised the day-glo
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Classic Alternative: Girls Against Boys “Venus Luxure No. 1 Baby” [Touch And Go]

Dateline 1993: Lollapalooza moshed its way down Main Street while Billy Corgan, Eddie Vedder and Zack de la Rocha vented
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Classic Alternative: The Ocean Blue “The Ocean Blue” [Sire/Reprise]

If Echo & The Bunnymen were the template for early-’80s modern rock—from Ian McCulloch’s gravity-defying hairdo to the Liverpool band’s
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Classic Alternative: Green River "Dry As A Bone/Rehab Doll" [Sub Pop]

Classic Alternative: Green River “Dry As A Bone/Rehab Doll” [Sub Pop]

Due to frequent championing by Kurt Cobain, the Melvins are regarded by many as the granddaddies of the late-’80s/early-’90s Seattle
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Classic Alternative: Moby Grape “Moby Grape” [Sundazed]

If the Monkees were an American-issue, made-for-TV Beatles, then Moby Grape was a tragically misconceived attempt to personify the San
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Classic Alternative: The Cure "Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me" [Elektra]

Classic Alternative: The Cure “Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me” [Elektra]

Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me was the Cure’s first album following 1986 breakthrough Standing On A Beach, a singles
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Classic Alternative: Buffalo Tom “Let Me Come Over” [Beggars Banquet]

Of all the enduring alt-rock templates to come out of New England’s Fort Apache Studios, 1992’s Let Me Come Over
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Classic Alternative: The The "Dusk" [Sony]

Classic Alternative: The The “Dusk” [Sony]

Alternative rock was at a weird place in May 1993. Pearl Jam and Nirvana ruled the roost with angst and
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