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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 bands17 bands in database

Alternative rock artists: 210 artists in database

Adam SeymourAlan Lee Shaw
Algy WardAllan Dias
Andy HobsonAndy Rourke
Andy WarrenAnthony Martinez
Barry AdamsonBaz Warne
Ben MandelsonBid
Bill LaswellBill Stevenson
Billy FiccaBilly Idol
Billy ZoomBlair Cunningham
Bob DickinsonBob Ethington
Bob JessieBob Ward
Brandon PertzbornBrian James
Brian MigdolBruce Smith
Bryn MerrickBudgie
C. J. RamoneC'el Revuelta
Captain SensibleCarey Fortune
Carrie BoothCharlie Harper
Chris BashfordChris Bennett
Chris BostockChris Butler
Chrissie HyndeChuck Biscuits
Chuck DukowskiCindy Wilson
Colin ScotCraig Packham
D.J. BonebrakeDave Alvin
Dave CollardDave Formula
Dave GreenfieldDave Klein
Dave MartinDave Vanian
Dave WinthropDavey Jones
David CairnsDavid Humphrey
Dee Dee RamoneDennis Smith
Dez CadenaEmil Johnson
Eric HeywoodExene Cervenka
Foz FosterFred Schneider
Fred SmithGarrie Dreadful
Gene OctoberGeoff Colville
Geoff SewellGlen "Spot" Lockett
Greg GinnGregory Moore
Hans WärmlingHarvey Gold
Henry BadowskiHenry Rollins
Howard DevotoHugh Cornwell
Ian PageJah Wobble
James Honeyman-ScottJames Stevenson
James WalbourneJamie Abethell
Jean-Jacques BurnelJeffrey Piccinini
Jennifer DenittoJeremy Harrington
Jet BlackJim Walker
Jimmy RipJoey Ramone
John DoeJohn Doyle
John EllisJohn Haney
John LydonJohn McGeoch
John McKayJohn Paul Moran
John ToweJohn Valentine Carruthers
Johnny MarrJohnny Ramone
Johny BrittenJon "Stan" White
Jon KleinJon Thurlow
Jonnie DeeKansas
Kate PiersonKeith Levene
Keith MorrisKeith Strickland
Ken LockieKenny Morris
Kira RoesslerKnox Chandler
Kris DollimoreLee Morell
Lester SquareLexington Crane
Lu EdmondsMal Asling
Malcolm FosterMarco Pirroni
Mark LaffMark Price
Mark RathboneMarky Ramone
Martin AtkinsMartin Chambers
Martin JacksonMartin McCarrick
Martin StaceyMat Sargeant
Michael AylwardMick Basher
Mike SlocombeMike Vallely
Monty OxymoronMoose Harris
Morris WindsorNappy Lemans
Neil McDonaldNic Austin
Nicholas WesolowskiNick Wilkinson
NokoOrson Presence
Patricia MorrisonPaul "Shirley" Shepley
Paul BultitudePaul Gray
Paul LincolnPaul Myers
Paul PackhamPaul Roberts
Paul SpencerPete Dimmock
Pete FarndonPete Jones
Peter FentonPhoenix
PinchRalph Carney
Ralph LegniniRat Scabies
Richard DudanskiRichard Hell
Richard LloydRichie Ramone
Ricky WilsonRob Marche
Rob MillerRob Symmons
Robbie McIntoshRobert Smith
Roberto "ROBO" ValverdeRobin Simon
Roman JuggRon Reyes
Scott FirthSean Mcluskey
Seb SheltonSid Vicious
Simon CroftSimon Vitesse
Siouxsie SiouxStephen "Spartman" Atkinson
Steve BrummellSteve Corfield
Steve J. JonesSteve Tannett
Steven SeverinStu West
Stuart AustinStuart Soulsby
T. M. StevensTim Briffa
Tim GriffinTom Verlaine
Tommy RamoneTony Barber
Tony GilkysonTony James
Trevor ReidyTyler Smith
Vic GodardWillie Dowling

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