I love Alternative Music! In the 90s the album artwork was stuck to my angsty bedroom walls with scotch tape. My favourite albums were stacked high in CD towers that were chronologically organized. And just above my desk was a cork board where push pins held up used tickets from my favourite concerts. Seeing any of these songs from my youth pop up on wedding playlists always makes me so very happy. It's exactly the same feeling you might get when you see a stranger who also watches your favourite show on Netflix...it's like meeting long lost family! There is sometime exciting and rebellious about performing these amazing little tunes at weddings. Being that they are not "common wedding songs", hearing these classic tunes pop up always surprises and inspires any party with equally rebellious Alternative-loving guests. Alternative Music, while it seemed new in the 90s, was actually a progression from the 80s New Wave and 70s Glam-Rock before it. Artists that were bold enough to walk a new path, take chances and create amazing music that had never been heard before. This week we have compiled a list of our favourites from all 3 decades, highlighting all of the songs we love to include in our lists of Cocktail, Dinner and Dance music alike. Tune up your electric guitars and fire up your synth pads, this party is about to get interesting!
1990's ALTERNATIVE ROCK ART
BUDDY HOLLY - Weezer FRIDAY I'M IN LOVE - The Cure DON'T LOOK BACK IN ANGER - Oasis TONIGHT TONIGHT - Smashing Pumpkins MR. JONES - Counting Crows LAID - James YOU LEARN - Alanis Morissette ONE HEADLIGHT - The Wallflowers SEMI-CHAMRED LIFE - Third Eye Blind 3AM - Matchbox 20 WONDERWALL - Oasis BETTERMAN - Pearl Jam KARMA POLICE - Radiohead IN THE MEANTIME - Speacehog COURAGE - The Tragically Hip INTERSTATE LOVE SONG - Stone Temple Pilots BRIAN WILSON - Barenaked Ladies NO RAIN - Blind Melon
1980's NEW WAVE
DON'T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME - Simple Minds ONCE IN A LIFETIME - Talking Heads JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH - Depeche Mode BLISTER IN THE SUN - Violent Femmes ROCK THE CASBAH - The Clash SAFETY DANCE - Men Without Hats HERE COMES YOUR MAN - The Pixies DANCING WITH MYSELF - Billy Idol A LITTLE RESPECT - Erasure LOVE CATS - The Cure RAPTURE - Blondie DON'T YOU WANT ME - Human League EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD - Tears for Fears COME ON EILEEN - Dexy's Midnight Runners ROAM - The B-52s THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT - REM EVERY LITTLE THING SHE DOES IS MAGIC - The Police 1970s HARD ROCK GLAM REBEL REBEL - David Bowie
SATURDAY NIGHT'S ALRIGHT - Elton John PSYCHO KILLER - Talking Heads EVIL WOMAN - E.L.O. BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - Queen WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN - The Who SULTANS OF SWING - Dire Straits WALKING ON THE MOON - The Police ALL I CAN DO - The Cars NO MORE MR. NICE GUY - Alice Cooper STRUTTER - Kiss GIVE A LITTLE BIT - Supertramp STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN - Led Zepplin RIDERS OF THE STORM - The Doors BAND ON THE RUN - Wings