90′s Rock Vocalists Cheat Sheet

If the words are slurred and the lyrics you can make out often don’t make sense, it’s Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam).

If the words are slightly less slurred and it sounds like he’s trying to sing through a hangover and a mouth full of jagged marbles, it’s Kurt Cobain (Nirvana).

If it’s somehow monotone and soulful at the same time and the backup vocals sound like six of the same guy singing at once, it’s Layne Staley (Alice in Chains).

If it sounds kinda like a dark and spooky Disney villain but also kinda like the guy at the biker bar who might kill you, it’s Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society).

If it goes from melodic singing to throat-murdering screaming in the span of one word and sounds like he’s gonna kick the world’s ass, it’s Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters).

If it goes from melodic singing to throat-murdering screaming in the span of one word and sounds like the world has kicked his ass, it’s Chris Cornell (Soundgarden/Audioslave).

If it has the deep grittiness of Zakk Wylde, the slurring of Eddie Vedder, and lyrics that make you wonder if it’s about sex or murder or both, it’s Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots). 


BONUS: If it sounds like an alien trying to mimic the patterns of human singing while sacrificing all semblance of lyrical meaning in favor of nonsensical rhyming, it’s Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and he doesn’t really belong on this list because no one mixes him up with anything.

The Signs As Alternative/Rock Band Members
  • Aries: Billie Joe Armstrong
  • Taurus: Marilyn Manson
  • Gemini: Axl Rose
  • Cancer: Kurt Cobain
  • Leo: Anthony Kiedis
  • Virgo: Billy Corgan
  • Libra: Trent Reznor
  • Scorpio: Jack White
  • Sagittarius: Mark Hoppus
  • Capricorn: Dave Grohl
  • Aquarius: Chester Bennington
  • Pisces: Thom Yorke
  • I apologize if I got the Genres wrong, I`m not very good at genres.
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The night he died, I did not realize he was to close to death. I came home with a friend, new friend, and I was like “Have you ever heard this record? He’s Stardust.” She was like “No, I never heard it.” and I was like “Let’s just sit down and listen to the whole record right now.” And I did that and, as I listened to it, I’m like “Wow, these songs are so simple but full of magic.” Turns out, he was dying as I was listening to the record found out the next morning, when I woke up, he was dead. Went to the band practice and I told Flea about that. I was like “Flea, last night I got home and I don’t know where, I put on this record…” and he’s like “I did exact same thing.” So it’s like something was bouncing off the stars and back down into our heads as he was, you know, saying goodbye to this particular plane of existence.” — Anthony Kiedis about David Bowie, interview with Steve Black. - 2017.  

  • Anthony Kiedis and David Bowie at the backstage of David Bowie’s 
    “A Reality Tour”. - Greek Theatre, Los Angeles. - 22nd April, 2004.