Every once in a while the punk rock geniuses here at Dying Scene unleash a tasty little nugget of punk rock trivia in an effort to blow our readers’ minds. Also, we like to make ourselves feel smart. Today’s fun factoid is about 1994, one of the most successful years in punk music.
How did 1994 become a good year in music? That year saw what turned out to be a “comeback” for punk rock, with the success of Green Day and The Offspring, who eventually went multi-platinum with their respective new records Dookie and Smash. Both bands have been credited for creating, developing and popularizing what would be a new genre, named “pop punk”. During this period, Bad Religion were signed to Atlantic Records and released their only U.S. gold record Stranger Than Fiction, although founder and guitarist Brett Gurewitz left the band before that album was even out. He left the band to keep running his label Epitaph. Also in 1994, we saw the release of NOFX‘s Punk in Drublic, which has been considered a punk classic by fans, as well as Rancid‘s Let’s Go, Lagwagon‘s Trashed, Down By Law‘s Punkrockacademyfightsong, Face to Face‘s Big Choice and Screeching Weasel‘s How to Make Enemies and Irritate People. Oh yeah, and there were also debut albums by Weezer, MxPx, Blink 182, the Bouncing Souls, Millencolin, and Unwritten Law.
1994 wasn’t just a successful year for punk, it was also an influential year for pop music, ska, country, alternative, indie, rap, hip hop, grunge, nu-metal, alternative metal, electronica and many other genres. If metal (or grunge) was your thing in ’94, you probably just sat back and enjoyed listening to albums like Soundgarden’s Superunknown, Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy, Alice in Chains’ Jar of Flies, Kyuss’ Welcome to Sky Valley, Stone Temple Pilots’ Purple, Pantera’s Far Beyond Driven and Machine Head’s debut, Burn My Eyes.
Whatever your tastes, many people agree that 1994 was an awesome year for music.