We’re big fans of popular music history here at Goliath (we might even go so far as to call ourselves scholars of the subject), and we find ourselves constantly fascinated by the creative contributions innumerable bands have made to the history of rock and roll. What’s even more fascinating is how all these contributions fit together, how they overlap and influence each other to operate more like a weave than a timeline, a comprehensive web of music history that is always fascinating to study. Today, we want to take a closer look at some of music history’s most underappreciated contributors to that web, and we want to talk about why we feel these bands deserve more credit than they’ve been given to date. That’s why we are bringing you 10 underrated rock musicians (and the reasons why you should listen to them).
10. Alice in Chains
It’s no secret that Nirvana were the godfathers of the grunge movement, with Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl leading the wildly influential band to unimaginable heights of popularity in the early 1990s. And while Nirvana deserves the many accolades heaped on them, their status as a symbolic representation of grunge as a whole does a disservice to the other amazing bands making music at that time. One of those bands, Alice in Chains, who also hailed from Seattle, Washington, were an incredibly important group founded by the late Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell (who some may recognize from his post-Alice in Chains solo career, where he worked with artists like Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica). Grunge contributors who also made a mark in the heavy metal scene, Alice in Chains are rarely cited as a major influence on bands today, despite the fact that their music was as pervasive as Nirvana’s during the grunge movement.