In the late 1980s and early 1990s a slew of bands sprang up in
Europe that mixed elements of ‘60s psychedelia, acid
house, power pop, and rock, taking influence from acts such as New Order, The
Smiths, and The Jesus & Mary Chain.
The scene’s success peaked in ’91 and subsequently disappeared after the
Nirvana explosion. Some bands that had
started as part of this scene (Blur and Oasis for example) went on to be part
of what became known as Britpop.
In recent years there has been a bit of a shoegazing revival with artist like Tiger High, R.M. Hendrix, Mean Tom,
La Sera, and Eux Autres bringing the sound to a new generation. For the purposes of this list, I am focusing
only on the bands that were active in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s.
For more information on these sub-genres, checkout out the following articles on Wikipedia: Manchester, Baggy, Shoegazing, and Britpop.
1. Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
2. Jesus Jones
3. The Soup Dragons
4. The Charlatans
6. The Ocean Blue
7. The Farm
8. Inspiral Carpets
9. Happy Mondays
11. The Dylans