Timeline of alternative rock

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1979 – 1980 – 1981 – 1982 – 1983 – 1984 – 1985 – 1986 – 1987 – 1988 – 1989 – 1990 – 1991 – 1992 – 1993 – 1994 – 1995 – 1996 – 1997 – 1998 – 1999 – 2000 – 2001 – 2002 – 2003 – 2004 – 2005 – 2006 – 2007 – 2008 – 2009 – 2010 – 2011 – 2012 – 2013 – See also

1970s[edit]

1975[edit]

1976[edit]

1978[edit]

1979[edit]

1980s[edit]

1980[edit]

1981[edit]

1982[edit]

1983[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • Bauhaus
    • Mission of Burma

1984[edit]

1985[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • Minutemen
  • Reunions
    • The Feelies
    • Wire

1986[edit]

  • Events
    • MTV begins airing 120 Minutes, a program devoted to videos by alternative artists.
    • NME magazine in the UK releases the C86 cassette compilation, which becomes a seminal release in British indie rock.

1987[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • Hüsker Dü
    • The Smiths
  • Events
    • R.E.M.'s "The One I Love" unexpectedly becomes a Top Ten hit on the American pop charts, helping to increase alternative rock's mainstream profile and earning the band a major label deal.
    • No Doubt's original lead singer John Spence commits suicide.
    • MTV introduces the Buzz Bin in the fall of 1987, which put various alternative videos into special rotation for a period of time. Many of these videos would become breakout hits and enter normal heavy rotation as well as the top 40, especially during the alternative boom of the following decade.

1988[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • Big Black
    • Green River
    • The Housemartins

1989[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • Guadalcanal Diary
    • Dream Syndicate
    • Felt

1990s[edit]

1990[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • Camper Van Beethoven
    • Mother Love Bone

1991[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • Galaxie 500
    • Jane's Addiction
    • The Replacements
    • Spacemen 3
    • Talk Talk
    • Talking Heads

1992[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • The Feelies
    • The Happy Mondays
    • Pixies
    • Public Image Ltd
    • The Sugarcubes
    • Wire (second disbandment)

1993[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • Echo & the Bunnymen
    • The House of Love
  • Reunions
    • Buzzcocks

1994[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • Adorable
    • Codeine
    • Nirvana
    • Uncle Tupelo

1995[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • American Music Club
    • Kyuss
    • Meat Puppets
    • Slowdive
    • Sunny Day Real Estate
    • The Verve (reform in 1996)

1996[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • Pale Saints
    • The Pogues
    • Ride
    • Siouxsie and the Banshees
    • The Stone Roses
    • Sublime
  • Reunions
    • Echo & the Bunnymen
  • Events
    • The Smashing Pumpkins' touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin dies of an overdose on July 12 while using heroin with drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. Chamberlin is subsequently fired and the band continues as a three-piece until his return in 1999.
    • Alice in Chains makes their last appearance with singer Layne Staley on MTV Unplugged.
    • Hype!, a documentary about the grunge scene of the early 1990s, is released.
    • R.E.M. sign a new deal with Warner Bros. worth $80 million. At the time, it was the largest record contract in history.
    • Bradley Nowell of genre-crossing band Sublime dies of a heroin overdose. The band splits up soon after Nowell's death.
    • Oasis performs for 225,000 in two nights at Knebworth. Ticket applications for the show were in excess of 1 million.
    • A studio fire destroys the master tapes for Sub Sub's second album, but the band decide to start from scratch on a third album, renaming themselves Doves.

1997[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • Cocteau Twins
    • Failure
    • Gin Blossoms
    • Jane's Addiction
    • Porno for Pyros
    • Soundgarden – believed by many to signal the end of grunge's mainstream success[2]
    • Throwing Muses
    • The Wedding Present
    • Weezer
  • Reunions
    • Jane's Addiction
    • Sunny Day Real Estate
    • The Verve

1998[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • Black Grape
    • Faith No More
    • Goats Don't Shave
    • Helmet
    • Kerbdog
    • The Lemonheads
    • Lush
    • Shudder to Think
  • Reunions
    • Bauhaus
  • Events
    • For the first year since it began, Lollapalooza does not take place, and goes on hiatus for six years.
    • John Frusciante returns to the Red Hot Chili Peppers after a six-year hiatus.

1999[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • Blind Melon – after years of struggling to continue on without Shannon Hoon.
    • The Boo Radleys
    • Far
    • The Jesus Lizard
    • The Jesus and Mary Chain
    • Kula Shaker
    • Love and Rockets
    • Luscious Jackson
    • Pavement
    • The Rentals
    • The Verve (second disbandment)
  • Reunions
    • Wire (second reunion)
    • Weezer
  • Events

2000s[edit]

2000[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • At the Drive-In
    • Catherine Wheel
    • Hum
    • Rage Against the Machine
    • The Rentals
    • Screaming Trees
    • The Smashing Pumpkins
    • Soul Coughing
  • Reunions
    • Meat Puppets
  • Events
    • The Smashing Pumpkins announce their breakup, indicating that "Machina" was intended as their final album during production, and play a farewell concert on December 2. They release Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music for free to music downloaders on the internet after feuds between Billy Corgan and Virgin Music emerged.
    • Soul Coughing split up in 2000 after longstand arguments over royalties following their biggest releases Irresistible Bliss and El Oso.

2001[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • The Afghan Whigs
    • At The Drive-In
    • Elastica
    • Fastbacks
    • Sunny Day Real Estate (second disbandment)
    • Toadies

2002[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • Bush
    • Hole
    • Eraserheads
    • Spacehog
  • Reunions
    • Gin Blossoms
    • Jane's Addiction (second reunion)
    • Siouxsie and the Banshees
    • Talking Heads

2003[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • The Cranberries
    • Mansun
    • Shed Seven
    • Stone Temple Pilots
    • Zwan
  • Events
    • The first Lollapalooza in six years takes place.
    • Elliott Smith dies at age 34.

2004[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • Guided by Voices
    • The Libertines
    • Sixpence None the Richer
    • The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
    • Suede
  • Reunions
    • Kula Shaker
    • Helmet
    • Pixies
    • The Wedding Present

2005[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • Curve
    • Guided by Voices
    • Luna
  • Reunions
    • The House of Love
    • The Lemonheads

2006[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • Clor
    • Sleater-Kinney
    • Grandaddy
  • Reunions
    • The Smashing Pumpkins
    • Toadies

2007[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • Audioslave
    • The Beautiful South
    • The Cooper Temple Clause
  • Reunions
    • Garbage
    • The Jesus and Mary Chain
    • My Bloody Valentine
    • Rage Against the Machine
    • Shed Seven
    • Shudder to Think
    • The Verve (second reunion)
  • Events
    • R.E.M. are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    • Audioslave disbands after third album: Cornell returned to a solo career for the time being; Commerford, Wilk and Morello performed with Zach De La Rocha as Rage Against The Machine at Coachella Music Festival playing together for the first time since 2001.
    • The Smashing Pumpkins perform their first concerts since 2000.
    • Conflicting reports are released about the status of New Order, with bassist Peter Hook insisting that band has broken up, while Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris issued a statement denying Hook's statements.
    • Factory Records founder Tony Wilson dies.
    • My Bloody Valentine reunite, and announce plans to release a third album that they have been working on since 1996.
    • Radiohead releases In Rainbows over the Internet and allows fans to set their own purchase price.

2008[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • Bauhaus
  • Reunions
    • Eraserheads
    • Far
    • Love and Rockets
    • No Doubt
    • Spacehog
    • Stone Temple Pilots
    • Sixpence None the Richer

2009[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • Dirty Pretty Things
    • Oasis
    • Shudder to Think (second disbandment)
    • Silver Jews
    • The Verve (third disbandment)
    • Violent Femmes
  • Reunions
    • Blur
    • Guano Apes
    • Hole
    • Skunk Anansie
    • Sunny Day Real Estate (second reunion)

2010s[edit]

2010[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • Far (second disbandment)
    • Supergrass
    • Sparklehorse
  • Reunions
    • Bush
    • Faith No More
    • Guided by Voices
    • The Libertines
    • Pavement
    • Soundgarden
    • Suede

2011[edit]

  • Disbandments
    • R.E.M.
    • The White Stripes
  • Reunions
    • Archers of Loaf
    • Pulp
    • The Stone Roses
    • Endless Bob Brown

2012[edit]

2013[edit]

2014[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cap'n Jazz
  2. ^ St. Peter Times staff writer (1997). "Soundgarden's End Called the End of Grunge" Stargate.net . Retrieved September 27, 2006.
  3. ^ OK Computer (album) by Radiohead : Best Ever Albums
  4. ^ Ratliff, Chinen, Caramanica. "New Albums by My Bloody Valentine, Josh Groban, and Tim McGraw". New York Times. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 

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