It’s been almost 10 years since grunge last ruled the charts and gave us those memorable songs “Slide This” and Weezer’s classic, “Pumped Up Kicks.” Since then, the music industry has shaken itself up (and grunge has fallen to the wayside), and now you’ll find that many famous, mainstream artists are keeping their music on the R&B and pop charts. What makes this situation exciting is that you’ll discover many of these artists are former members of a popular music band that represented something completely different back when they were starting. As a result, these artists are giving us the first taste of what will be the sound of the next decade.
One artist that made an appearance on our list is Bootsie Spade. After leaving the reunited Dream Theater in 2001, Bootsie Spade signed withitol Records and worked with hits like I’m a Believer, Paper Bag, and Come As You Are. He then went on to play in several other projects, such as Mista Edge and finally returned to Dream Theater in 2003 for their last album, A Million Miles To Freedom. While many people think he has gone back to rockabilly, he has signed to Sire Records and made an album called One Nation Underdog.
The second artist we’ll discuss is Matt Girault. Matt Girault is currently promoting his band, which he calls Girault & Friends. If you’re familiar with his work as a member of The Allman Brothers Band, you probably have some of the same favourite songs played by Girault. Some of the songs on his band’s debut CD were also played by The Band, and the band itself featured several of their members on each song. So if you like pop/rock, you’ll like what Matt Girault has done with his music. On top of that, he sings and plays the lead guitar, and his band plays mostly acoustic music.
The third artist to share our list of long-awaited albums that will be the soundtrack of your first year as a graduate degree student is The Black Keys. Before the band broke up in the mid-2000s, they were one of the best-selling bands in America, and they continue to tour to this day. Though the lineup changes often, their setlist features great classics, including Toys in the Playhouse and You Rub-On It. This group has also produced a few movies, including the Michael Mann directed All We Do. With an endless tour schedule and numerous music releases, there’s no doubt that The Black Keys are here to stay.
One other artist to make our list of long-awaited albums that will be the soundtrack of your graduation music is The Replacements. Although the core band of The Replacements still consists of original members, the band itself has undergone major changes since its formation in the early 1990s. It has gone through a lineup change, with James Butler and Tommy Lee gone, and they’ve even used four different drummers since then. The Replacements have also made several music videos over the years, including some infamous among viewers.
As you can see, there are plenty of artists to choose from when it comes to long-awaited albums that will be the soundtrack of your graduation music. The important thing is not which band you end up liking the most, but which one inspires you most. After all, music is supposed to make you feel, and if it doesn’t, then it’s simply not music. That’s why so many artists on this list have since become well-known or have their music careers flourishing these days. Some of them might not be as well known as the ones listed above, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a huge impact on people. So make sure to take your time when choosing your graduation music, and don’t get stuck with something you like at the last minute.