Despite my abiding love for such bands as Alice in Chains and Soundgarden, I have a mental block regarding most lower tier ’90s bands, which I cannot keep straight. Sure, I know “Low” is by Cracker, “Hey Man, Nice Shot” is by Filter and “Sex and Candy” is by Marcy Playground. But for the most part, I have a tough time telling any of these bands and their ilk apart: Better Than Ezra, Candlebox, Collective Soul, Dishwalla, Everclear, Nickelback, Our Lady Peace, Silverchair, The Verve, The Verve Pipe, plus the bands that have numbers in their names, like Eve 6, Seven Mary Three, 311 and Third Eye Blind. The likes of Creed, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Matchbox 20 I can only tell apart due to their distinctive hyperearnest singers. Earlier in the year, I was in the car with some friends listening to the ’90s alternative rock station on Pandora and I finally decided that from then on, any ’90s song I know but can’t name the band, I was just going to guess Collective Soul.
Hopefully, this will at least help me keep one song straight: