To be honest, there’s not much ‘alternative’ about these albums. There so ingrained in the fabric of music that its practically impossible to think of them as having a life or purpose outside of the mainstream.
But they’re fab albums anyway, and as an old-skool rocker by heart, I pride myself on having SOME expanded tastes.
Now then, what do we actually have in here…
Well there’s some classic post-punk in the form of Joy Division and PiL. There’s some era-defining Britpop/Madchester with Oasis, The Stone Roses, Blur, Ocean Colour Scene, Primal Scream, and The Verve.
There’s some thunderingly good modern heavy rock via Them Crooked Vultures. There’s some archetypal grunge from Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Temple of the Dog. There’s some heart-wrenching, modern indie with Florence and the Machine and Arcade Fire.
There’s some fab contemporary garage ravers thanks to The White Stripes, The Strokes and The Libertines. There’s some broody, moody and beautiful piano-rock via Coldplay. There’s some soulful folk from Fleet Foxes, Joanna Newsom, and Neutral Milk Honey.
There’s some downright freaky jam-band-like titles from Oneida, Citay and Swans. There’s some classic indie from The Smiths. There’s some era-changing noise-rock from Sonic Youth. There’s some politically-charged arena-ready rock from Manic Street Preachers.
There’s some little known Irish-grunge-pop from Ash. There’s some haunting, electric-folk from Tindersticks. There’s some everyone-needs-these-in-their-record-collection titles via Radiohead and R.E.M, And finally, there’s some ear-shattering power-punk-pop from My Chemical Romance.