★ All the Alt-rock bands that defined the decade, in alphabetical order. ★
Alias/Insane was an American alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1989 by guitarist Andy Quinn , bassist Rowan Keanes, drummer Matt Jordan, and guitarist Tyler Jones.
Alias/Insane rose to international fame as part of the Alternative-rock movement of the early 1990s along with other Los Angeles bands such as Jelly Red and Noseband. Their career was impacted by the deaths of their guitarist Andy Quinn and close friend Toby Vassar of Jelly Red.
In 1987, Quinn, Keanes and Jordan – who had been classmates at Avery High School – moved in together, sharing an apartment in Silverlake, Los Angeles. They formed a band called A Very ... – a pun inspired by the name of their high school. Quinn and Keanes also worked at the same video rental store in Hollywood, while Jordan was studying at the University of California to get a degree in Psychology.
It’s at Rosa Video that in January 1989 Quinn and Keanes met Tyler Jones, a guitarist from Austin who had moved to LA hoping to make some connections in the music business. Intrigued by his speech, they asked him to join them that night for a jam session at the famous Muse-ic Rehearsal Rooms in North Hollywood where they used to rehearse like other local acts of the rising Alt-rock scene – such as their friends Jelly Red –, and later recruited him in the band.
Thanks to the addition of Jones’s distinctive guitar sound, at the end of 1989 the band – which in the meantime had been renamed Alias/Insane – landed a record deal with TyGM and entered the studio to start working on their debut album, to be released the following year.
Director Bill Millerl would declare in 2007 that Alias/Insane debut album was the soundtrack to his writing the script for Verity Fakes – his second and most celebrated film starring three of the most prominent young stars in Hollywood at the time: Campbell Kane, Polly Carver, and Troy Tacker. Millerl made Kane’s character a fan of Alias/Insane, featuring many songs from the band in the soundtrack, and while shooting, even asked the band to play a cameo in the movie. That’s how Alias/Insane got to meet and make friends with Campbell Kane.
In 1995 Alias/Insane started working on their fourth studio album with producer Lance Rigg, when Campbell Kane got 5150ed. One month later, Kane escaped from the psychiatric ward where he had been hospitalized and went missing – presumed dead. This series of incidents deeply affected the band, especially Andy Quinn, who decided to take a break from the recordings, later announcing that he wanted to leave Los Angeles altogether, as the city was becoming the setting for way too many contemporary tragedies.
With Quinn moving to New York, Alias/Insane took a sabbatical year.
They were supposed to resume the recordings of their fourth album in New York, in June 1997, but Quinn failed to show up at the meeting. His body was eventually recovered from the waters of the East River, some days later, his death ruled a probable suicide. Keanes, Jordan and Tyler decided to disband, stating: “Alias/Insane was the four of us. We don't want to do this without Andy.”
Alias/Insane have sold over 20 million records worldwide.
CHEAP HOTEL SIGN (Year: 1990 / Label: Geller Records)
THE KNIVES IN OUR BACKS (Year: 1992 / Label: TyGM)
BY THE NECK (Year: 1994 / Label: TyGM)
A-LIVE! (Alias/Insane Live at Monterey) (Year: 1993 / Label: TyGM)
ALIAS/INSANE: HERE ON HMM TV (Year: 1995 / Label: TyGM)
VISIONS FOR ‘SLEEPING UPON YOUR SATIN’ (Year: 1998
/ Label: TyGM / “In loving
The album was released four years after the death of Andy Quinn and the consequent disbandment of Alias/Insane. It's a collection of demos recorded between 1996 and 1997 by Andy Quinn and Alias/Insane for their fourth album which was to be titled ‘Sleeping Upon Your Satin’.
of Andy Quinn.”)
AS SOMEONE LONG PREPARED FOR THE OCCASION (Year: 2007 / directed by Bill Millerl)
➥ Far Close cast. From left: Zac Lutes, Campbell Kane and Troy Tacker.
The three had met in 1981 on the set of the adventure coming-of-age film
Far Close, directed by Joe Ryan, and had immediately become best friends.
In 1991, Bad Posture supported the alternative-rock band Chronic Age on their European tour, and rumours of an affair between Campbell Kane and Chronic Age singer-guitarist Chris Gibson started circulating.
The following year, Campbell Kane married Roxy Dunn of Noseband and secured a record development deal with Attic Us Records for Bad Posture. Although the band spent the next two years collecting and recording material for the album, the deal fell through.
When Campbell Kane went missing, in November 1995, the band dissolved.
John Doe (Year: 1995 / self-released and impossible to find)
They made it possible for other bands from the underground/indie scene to become mainstream when in 1992 they signed a record deal with Geller Records subsidiary label,
KEEP OFF THE CEMENT (1984 / Label: BeMine)
NEON MALL DREAMS (1986 / Label: VinVan)
SMALL, TINY AND SCRAPED OFF (1987 / Label: N/Logo)
IN TUNE (1989 / Label: N/Logo)
ADVERTISING LULLABIES (1991 / Label: N/Logo)
SO FRIENDLY (1993 / Label: TyGM)
MANICURE FOOLS (1994 / Label: TyGM)
PIES (1996 / Label: TyGM)
CHRONIC STAGE (1998 / Label: TyGM)
NOT ENTIRELY DISPOSABLE (2000 / Label: VinVan)
MAKING THE GREEN ONE RED (2002 / Label: VinVan)
AS IF/THOUGH (2005 / Label: Oui Know)
BACK(2008 / Label: Oui Know)
Flipside was an American alternative-rock band formed in 1991 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by bassist Camille Bach, guitarist/singer Josh Ray and his younger brother Brandon Ray on drums.
Even if in early 1993, Flipside opened for The Salad Days at The Tone, in Minneapolis, before a large and enthusiastic crowd, they failed to land a record deal, and disbanded later that year, when Camille Bach was offered to become the new bassist for Los Angeles Alternative-rock band Noseband, moving to the West Coast.
In 2018, the independent record label Oui Know announced that they would release the previously unreleased Flipside debut album, which they had discarded back in the day when the band had submitted it to their attention. No official release date has yet been marked.
➥ From Roxy Doom, the graphic novel about the 1990s Reinvented.
After relocating to Los Angeles, California, in 1989, Jelly Red underwent a radical transformation, enjoying the creative atmosphere of the local scene, soon becoming one of the most influential bands of the Alternative Rock revolution of the 1990s.
Guitarist Chris Thorns became a permanent replacement for Vassar in 1992, after his death from a heroin overdose.
In 2013, after delivering seven albums and selling over 50 million records worlwide, Jelly Red decided to call it quits, but eventually reconsidered the decision. In 2017, they released their eighth studio album entitled "Of Dreams and Decisions".
SPEND (1991 / Label: TyGM)
IMPOSSIBLE EYE (1993 / Label: TyGM)
VAIN FAIR (1995 / Label: TyGM) (produced by Greg Marin)
FROM UP AND DOWN(1997 / Label: TyGM)
FIELD (1998 / Label: TyGM)
SATED WITH FLYING (2002 / Label: Attic Us)
REALLY DON’T (2006 / Label: Attic Us)
OF DREAMS AND DECISIONS (2017 / Label: Attic Us)
NEVER KNEW THE RULES: JELLY RED LIVE AT ROCK-A-WAVE (1994 / Label: TyGM)
HERE ON HMM TV: JELLY RED (1996 / Label: TyGM)
JELLY RED ALL THE WAY (LIVE AT THE BACHELORS CAFÉ)(1999 / Label: TyGM)
Noseband was an American alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1988 by singer and guitarist Roxy Dunn and lead guitarist Dror Hamilton.
They went through several line-ups, before finally reaching the perfect balance in 1993 when bassist Camille Bach joined them to work on what would prove to be the band’s most critically acclaimed and commercially successful album, Don’t Ever Tell Anybody Anything (1995), released one month before the controversial death of Bach.
Noseband disbanded in 2010 after the release of their fourth and last studio album, Ransom of the Mind, when it became clear that founding members Dunn and Hamilton had developed different expectations and objectives.
After attempting a national tour, Hamilton left the band for good, and Dunn decided to launch her solo career.
SO REMARKABLY TRIVIAL (1992 / Label: Wanna Go Records)
They disbanded in 2002 stating that it was “impossible to go on playing music honestly, in the aftermaths of the Millennium Bug”.
TRIASSIC (1986 / Label: BeMine)
SONG OF THE DAY (1988 / Label: VinVan)
CIGARETTE BREATH (1990 / Label: VinVan)
SHE CRIES (1992 / Label: VinVan)
DON’T THINK SO (1993 / Label: VinVan )
REGION (1996 / Label: N/Logo)
OF FROGS AND FRAUDS (1999 / Label: N/Logo)
The Salad Days was an American alternative rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, formed in 1986 by frontman Jimmy Fitzpatrick (lead vocals and guitar) and Jess Lepage (guitar).
The original line-up included Darlene Roman (bass guitar) and Harmony Lamarre (drums) and reached the zenith of success in 1993 releasing the diamond-selling album Thistopia in High Tide, followed by a double concept album entitled Timeless Infinity & Recorded Origins which sealed their role as leading band in the alternative scene.
In 1998, The Salad Days released their fourth studio album, A Door, and their bassist Darlene Roman announced that she would quit the band at the eve of their World tour. She was hastily replaced by Noseband bassist Vanessa Lee Murphy, who also joined the band in their next studio sessions, two years later.
In 2000 The Salad Days officially disbanded, with Lepage and Fiztpatrick parting ways forever.
TIMELESS INFINITY & RECORDED ORIGINS (1995 / Label: Knossos)
A DOOR (1998 / Label: Knossos)
ZU TUN (2000 / Label: Knossos)
THE ELECTRIC SHEEP
The Electric Sheep was a club in Minneapolis, where The Days had their first important gig in 1992, performing the material that would be featured on their second and most famous studio album, Thistopia in High Tide.
(1996 / Label: Knossos)
POSTCARDS FROM JAPAN (2000 / Label: Knossos) (live album featuring the concerts of the last leg of The Days last World Tour in 2000)