Where are they now? A look at the fate of 90s rock bands

Posted on Mar 31 2016 - 3:02pm by
"Blind Melon,” shown here in New Orleans in 1995, was popular in the early 90s, with hits like “No Rain.” From right: Glen Graham, Brad Smith, Christopher Thorn, Shannon Hoon and Roger Stevens.DANNY CLINCH/AP

“Blind Melon,” shown here in New Orleans in 1995, was popular in the early 90s, with hits like “No Rain.” From right: Glen Graham, Brad Smith, Christopher Thorn, Shannon Hoon and Roger Stevens.

The 90s are over, but the music is still here.

The last decade of the 20th century offered everything from grunge to boy bands, but even though some of the best acts aren’t getting airplay and attention today like Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters, they’re still cranking out tunes.

Here’s a trip down memory lane to see where some of the rock bands everyone forgot about are today.

Spin Doctors

Spin Doctors hasn’t really been on the airwaves since the 90s, when they rocked with hits like “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong,” but in recent years they’ve played live shows and created new albums.

They haven’t been playing together continuously since the 90s, though. In 1999, lead singer Chris Barron suffered from vocal cord paralysis and couldn’t sing anymore, according to Rolling Stone.

Barron’s voice came back, but the band didn’t really do much together — except the occasional live show — until 2005, according to Consequence of Sound. That year, they released “Nice Talking to Me” and then in 2013 they released “If the River Was Whiskey.”

Currently, their site doesn’t list any upcoming tour dates but they’ve been playing some shows individually, according to their Facebook page.

Sister Hazel

Best known for “All For You,” the band named after a nun first formed in the 90s.

Today — more than two decades later — they’re still together and releasing music. In February, they put out a country album titled “Lighter in the Dark.”

For a couple years, the lead singer also ran motivational workshops and then in 2012 opened a coffee shop in Florida.

“It’s a coffeehouse, where we also happen to develop the workshops for professional and personal growth,” lead singer Ken Block told The Gainesville Sun.

Soul Asylum

The band best known for “Runaway Train” first formed in the early 80s but didn’t have a mainstream breakthrough until 1992’s album “Grave Dancers Union.”

They recorded other albums in the 90s, but as the popularity of grunge waned, they took a hiatus.

Then, the group’s bassist, Karl Mueller, died of throat cancer in 2005, according toRolling Stone.

The remaining members replaced him with former Guns N’Roses bassist Tommy Stinson and went on to release an album the following year. Their next release was in 2012, though just a few months after the album dropped, guitarist and co-founder John Murphy announced his retirement, according to themusic mag.

The band has soldiered on, though, and on March 18 they announced a new album release onFacebook.

Blind Melon

Best known for “No Rain” — and the video with the dancing girl in the bee costume — the grunge rock group effectively disbanded when lead singer Shannon Hood overdosed on heroin in 1995.

For about a decade, the remaining members did not continue their music-making efforts. Then, the four remaining members found a new lead singer — Travis Warren — and got together to make an album, as they explained to Billboard in a 2006 interview.

According to the band’s site, they took a brief hiatus in 2009 but later started touring again, most recently doing an Australian tour in 2015.

Their site says the band “continues to play a handful of special shows each year.”

The Cranberries

The Irish rock band ruled the airwaves at alternative stations throughout the 90s. They boasted a slew of hits, including “Zombie,” “Salvation” and “Linger.”

After a many year hiatus, the band reunited released “Roses” in 2012. The album didn’t achieve the popularity of their earlier hits.

Now, lead singer Dolores O’Riordan is set to release an album with The Smiths’ bassist Andy Rourke, according to Rolling Stone. The 10-track “Science Agrees” drops on May 27.

Semisonic

Best known for the bar song/graduation staple “Closing Time,” Semisonic’s last studio album was in 2001. The following year, they released a live album, according to their website.

Since then, they’ve pursued individual projects, both musical and otherwise. Drummer Jacob Slichter released a book titled “So You Want to Be a Rock’N’Roll Star,” while bass player John Munson joined a jazz trio called The New Standards.

Blur

Blur was first founded in the late 80s, but the Brit band didn’t make it big stateside until the mid-90s.

Later, one of their founding members, Graham Coxon, left the band for a time but they went on to release their seventh album anyway in 2003, according to the band’s site.

In 2009, Coxon rejoined the band and they did a U.K. tour. In 2012, they released a box compilation and last year they released a new album, “The Magic Whip.”

Singer Damon Albarn, however, has been more successful on his own. In the late 90s, Albarn formed Gorillaz, the band responsible for hits like “Clint Eastwood” and “Feel Good Inc.”

Bush

The British rock band known for “Everything Zen” and “Glycerine” dominated the 90s but, according to Rolling Stone, they took a hiatus starting in 2001.

More than a decade later, the group reunited and released an album titled “The Sea of Memories” in 2011 and in 2014 they released “Man on the Run.” Right now, they have a number of U.S. tour dates slated for the spring and summer, according to their website.

The band’s lead singer has also been in the news of late, but not so much for his music-making. In the early 2000s, just after the band break-up, frontman Gavin Rossdale married No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani — but their recent divorce was all over the news, with allegations that the Bush rocker cheated with the couple’s nanny.

Wheatus

Though they formed in the mid-90s, Wheatus is pretty much only known for “Teenage Dirtbag,” released in 2000.

They haven’t been on the airwaves in more than a decade, but they do still play together and, according to their rathersparse website, they still make music.

Since their heyday, they’ve had a lot of changes to their line-up and they’ve released a few albums including, most recently, 2013’s “The Valentine LP.” They still dolive shows, too — so if you want proof that the whiny rockers still exist, there’s a real possibility.

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