In most cases, a charismatic leader who is also a great singer will become the focal point and identity of their group. And some voices in rock are so instantly recognizable that when a song plays on the radio, you’ll know exactly who they are after you sing the very first lines. The varied rock scene we enjoy today has morphed into many subgenres, thanks in large part to the bands and singers who were the faces of the alternative music scenes that emerged in the 90s.
Bands from the Seattle scene with their roots steeped in punk and where music was more important than image, replaced the largely chauvinistic, long-haired hard rock bands that had ruled MTV in the previous decade. . Artists who created music that was more experimental to traditional rock sounds, and who aimed for originality by immersing themselves in different musical influences, would help other movements such as nu-metal explode later in the decade.
Here are the key vocals that would embody the alternative rock sound.
After the release of their debut album Core (1992), Stone Temple Pilots were one of the most popular bands widely regarded as part of the “grunge” movement, not as originally from Seattle. Scott Weiland was the vocalist and face of the band, and his impressive performance on tracks such as Plush, Creep and Sex Type Thing helped bring the band instant success.
He was a charismatic but somewhat mysterious leader, with a distinctive accent in his soulful singing voice, whose infamous reputation for partying and living the rock and roll style preceded him. Stone Temple Pilots would release a series of hit albums in the 90s, including Purple (1994) and Tiny Music…Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop (1996), but after the release of their fifth album Shangri La Dee Da (2001) Weiland quit, as his continued drug addiction impacted the relationship with his bandmates.
But he got a second chance as Guns N Roses trio Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum searched for a vocalist to complete their new band Velvet Revolver. Weiland stepped in and attempted to break his addictions with the help of his newly sober bandmates. Velvet Revolver released two albums Contraband (2004) and Libertad (2007) before Scott returned to Stone Temple Pilots, as the band reformed for touring and a new self-titled studio album (2010).