A few years ago, Billy Corgan said he and Kurt Cobain were “the top two scribes [of the scene] and everyone else was a distant third.” I think it’s funny that someone talking about being a great songwriter would refer to himself as a scribe, but Billy Corgan.
Here are four other great 90’s alt-rock songwriters not named Kurt (Billy).
1. Glen Philips. The lead singer and primary songwriter for Toad the Wet Sprocket. I got to see the reunited Toad this past summer, and they were excellent. Pick up their compilation of re-recorded greatest hits, All You Want, and be happy: it will be one of the best music purchases you make this year.
2. Jeff Mangum. While the Smashing Pumpkins gave us The Aeroplane Flies High in 1996, Mangum’s Neutral Milk Hotel gave us In The Aeroplane Over the Sea and invented indie rock as we know it.
3. Stuart Murdoch. The leader of Belle & Sebastian. Pick up Push Barman to Open Old Wounds (which Blender called “25 charming tales of shy girls dabbling in photography and bookish boys dabbling in shy girls“) for an exquisite collection of Murdoch’s mid-to-late 90s oeuvre.
4. Noel Gallagher. Oasis’ two finest, awesomest, greatest albums where recorded right in the middle of the epic mid-90s. Sure, he borrowed a riff from T-Rex and a melody from a classic 70s Coke commercial, but the strongest songs, of which there are many, are all him.