recognized grunge band did come in the form of Nirvana, though Chris Cornells Soundgarden wassigned a few years earlier. Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Eddie Vedders Pearl Jam became some of thebiggest bands in the whole nation, and they all sprouted from Seattle in the late 1980s and early 1990s.The grunge sound influenced many different bands and music scene across the country, although itexperienced a sharp decline after the suicide of Kurt Cobain in 1994.After the surge of grunge music, the alternative and indie rock scenes started to see major success inSeattle. Bands such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Modest Mouse, Death Cab For Cutie, the Fleet Foxes,Band of Horses, and the Postal Service all have had a major influence on alternative and indie rock, withsome of these helping to define the sound of indie rock while also seeing major mainstream success.The makeup of the current music scene is still rooted in the indie rock sound.
Popular music from Minnesota starts with possibly the most famous and influential musician of all time,Bob Dylan. Dylan was from Hibbing, MN, but got his start in Minneapolis from 1959-1961. He iscredited with defining the modern folk sound. Other popular folk artists from Minneapolis include LeoKottke and Boiled In Lead, both of which are still performing.Another one of the biggest artists in the nation also hailed from Minneapolis and was part of a veryinfluential and successful R&B scene in the 1980s. Prince debuted in 1978 and with him came a numberof popular R&B artists from Minneapolis, including Mint Condition.The next biggest and arguably most enduring scene in Minneapolis is the rock scene. The mid 1970ssaw an influx of punk talent and the hardcore movement produced some of the iconic and influentialpunk bands, the Replacements with Paul Westerberg and Bob Moulds Husker Du. While neverachieving too much mainstream success, nearly every modern punk band was in some way influencedby the sound and the feel of these early American punk rock bands. The Minnesota Historical Societyclaims that the year 1984 brought the Minneapolis music scene into national prominence with Princes
at #2 on the
Pazz and Jop critics poll, the Replacements
Let It Be
at #4, andHusker Dus
at #8. Other successful rock bands from Minneapolis include Semisonic, SoulAsylum, the Jayhawks, the slowcore band Low from Duluth, indie rockers Tapes n Tapes, Motion CitySoundtrack, and the Hold Steady.The last influential music scene from Minneapolis is the one that is currently producing results, and thatis the hip hop scene spurred on by the Rhymesayers music collective. Artists such as Atmosphere,P.O.S., and Brother Ali have seen recent mainstream success and do not look to be slowing downanytime soon. The artists with Rhymesayers also seem to be bringing a new brand of hip hop, one thathearkens back to the original lyricism and uplifting messages of the original hip hop songs of the 1980s.