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It was the early ’90s. Seemingly out of nowhere, a little grunge band called Nirvana began outselling massive commercial artists like Michael Jackson. This immediately caught the attention of the giant record companies. These small underground bands branded as “alternative” or “post-punk” went from being inconsequential to being potential behemoths in record sales—and the hunt began.

Hungrily sweeping for the next Nirvana, a buying frenzy ensued as small indie labels were bought out by the commercial labels on a never before seen scale. A&R execs would see random alt-rock bands perform in a bar and appear after their set offering unheard of financial offers and immediate global exposure. It seemed these band members were set for life. So what happened?

Verity is revealed in Underground Inc.: The Unsung Story of Alternative Rock, an upcoming documentary on the alternative punk and metal scene in the ’90s. Told by the artists who pioneered a sonic subculture, this feature-length documentary tells the real story of the ’90s, exposing viewers to a catalog of the era’s rarities and buried treasures, while reliving the struggles, triumphs and tragedies, as well as the debauchery. Underground Inc. will dig beneath the manufactured truth to explore what really happened, exploring a time unlike any other in the music industry. (more…)

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This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Headbanger's Ball Breakthrough Bands

1. White Zombie – “Thunder Kiss ’65”

It seems crazy to think of hearing Rob Zombie or White Zombie for the first time—hasn’t he always existed? For a large number of metalheads and I, Headbanger’s Ball is where we first saw “Thunderkiss ’65” ( La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One, 1992). It was a strange combination of Metallica, horror, hard rock and punk. It was basically what Zombie has become known for—out of this world. Even the video was original, a stripped-down rock-out with a dreadlocked Zombie and band performing with women dancing around, monsters and props out in the desert—a precursor of what came over the next two decades with White and Rob Zombie. The videos came in furiously to the “Ball” and MTV after this, and like I said in the intro, Zombie was even a regular set-designer. Between Headbanger’s Ball and its No. 1 fans, Beavis and Butthead, White Zombie was the poster-metal band for MTV during this period, making this debut video No. 1 on my list.

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Need a soundtrack for your Halloween party? Then might I suggest Sleaze Freak, the sophomore release from Scum of the Earth. It’s packed with heavy riffs yet sports enough grooving rhythms to keep the dance floor moving. And the lyrical content—the devil, death, murder, corpses—is season appropriate. Not a lot of deep thinking here; some of the songs make Rob Zombie’s music seem thought-provoking. (more…)

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Spider of Powerman 5000: “The Spirit of Rock”

The spacesuits are long gone, but as a band, Powerman 5000 is as strong as ever, touring the country in support of its latest album, the punk-rock-fueled Destroy What You Enjoy. When the band hit the Recher Theatre in Towson, Maryland, frontman Spider sat down with Jason Price and Jeff Maki of Live-Metal.net to discuss the new CD, the surprise success of the 1999 breakthrough Tonight the Stars Revolt! and more. (more…)

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Until about this time last year, it appeared Rob Zombie’s music career was a thing of the past. His first feature film as a director, House of 1000 Corpses, attracted a strong cult following, and he was preparing for the July release of its follow-up, The Devil’s Rejects. Looking for a way to spend the summer of 2005, Zombie decided to assemble a band—longtime bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson, former Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5 and drummer Tommy Clufetos—to headline the second stage of Ozzfest. So inspired was he by the stripped-down, back-to-basics shows that he hit the studio last fall with his new band to record his third solo disc, Educated Horses. (more…)