Top 10 Alt-Rock Videos From 1993
It was pretty much business as usual for modern rock in 1993. Things were just starting to balance out after 1991’s alt-rock revolution launched by Nirvana that got major labels scurrying to sign anyone with electric guitars and bad attitudes. The Top 10 Alt-Rock Videos From 1993 are a bit more diverse than other years from modern rock’s peak era, making room for pop, dance and even some old-fashioned hippie love.
The Lemonheads, ‘Into Your Arms’
This Boston band broke out in 1992 with the title track to their ‘It’s a Shame About Ray’ album and a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Mrs. Robinson’ that marked ‘The Graduate”s 25th anniversary. But their biggest hit came in 1993 with this power-pop nugget.
Jesus Jones, ‘The Devil You Know’
These London indie rockers managed to score not one but two No. 1 modern-rock hits in the early ’90s. Their first single, ‘Right Here, Right Now,’ reached the top for five weeks; ‘The Devil You Know,’ from their second album, stayed at No. 1 for six.
New Order, ‘Regret’
New Order are one of the all-time great synth-pop bands, but only one of their songs reached No. 1 on the modern-rock chart (to be fair, the chart didn’t start until after their best years). ‘Regret’ was the first single from ‘Republic,’ their first album after a four-year break.
Depeche Mode, ‘I Feel You’
Like U2’s ‘Achtung Baby,’ Depeche Mode’s ‘Songs of Faith and Devotion’ (their only No. 1 album) updated the band’s music to include Krautrock influences and more abrasive sounds. The album’s lead single turned out to be the group’s biggest modern-rock hit.
Porno for Pyros, ‘Pets’
After Jane’s Addiction broke up (for the first time) in the early ’90s, Perry Farrell and Stephen Perkins formed Porno for Pyros, which released a few albums throughout the decade. ‘Pets,’ which hit No. 1 for five weeks, is the only song anyone remembers.
Red Hot Chili Peppers, ‘Soul to Squeeze’
‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ finally made Red Hot Chili Peppers stars in 1991. In 1992, one of their old songs was reissued and hit the modern-rock Top 10. A year later, they were tapped for the ‘Coneheads’ soundtrack and contributed this No. 1 hit.
Belly, ‘Feed the Tree’
Tanya Donnelly was a member of college-rock darlings Throwing Muses in the ’80s. She also played with the Breeders. In 1993, she formed Belly and made the great ‘Star’ album. Its first single, the jangly ‘Feed the Tree,’ hit No. 1 for three weeks.
Tears for Fears, ‘Break It Down Again’
By 1993, Tears for Fears were breaking down. Co-founder Kurt Smith left the duo the previous year, leaving Roland Orzabal to make ‘Elemental’ by himself. Its first single somehow made it all the way to No. 1 on modern-rock radio for three weeks.
Blind Melon, ‘No Rain’
Bee Girl. That’s all you need to know about the video for this band’s only hit. ‘No Rain’ is all hippie-dippy field dancing; the rest of the album was a bit tougher, fitting since the band’s singer — who died of a drug overdose a few years later — was an old friend of Axl Rose’s.
Nirvana, ‘Heart-Shaped Box’
The first single from Nirvana’s post-‘Nevermind’ noise blast ‘In Utero,’ famously recorded by Steve Albini in an effort to not give the record company what they expected, unsurprisingly reached No. 1. The creepy artsy/moody video is one of the year’s best.