In the late 80s the Gin Blossoms were fast becoming the biggest draw in their hometown of Tempe, Arizona. Soon after they were named the best band in Phoenix, dubbed the ‘Best Unsigned Band in America’, and invited to perform on MTV’s New Music Awards in 1989.
In 1991 the Gin Blossoms signed a record deal with A&M, and a year later released their first studio album ‘New Miserable Experience’. The enormously popular record kept them on the charts for almost 3 years with the hit singles ‘Hey Jealousy’, ‘Until I Fall Away’, and ‘Found Out About You’. Four million copies of the ‘New Miserable Experience’ were sold.
The Gin Blossoms’ smash hit single ‘Til I Hear It From You’ was included on the ‘Empire Records’ platinum selling film soundtrack in 1995. In 1996 the band struck again with the song “Follow You Down’ which spent ten weeks in the top ten.
“We used to joke that there was something for everybody in this band. There’s just something about the way we play and sound together, but in the end it’s really about the quality of the songs.” Gin Blossom lead singer Robin Wilson.
In the spring of 1989 the Spin Doctors formed in New York City. Their lengthy and spirited live shows won the Spin Doctors a passionate following and led to their eventual signing with Epic Records. Their debut studio album ‘Pocket Full of Kryptonite’ was released in August of 1992.
Featured on the Spin Doctors debut were signature tunes ‘Two Princes’, ‘Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong’, and ‘Jimmy Olsen’s Blues’. The album sold 10 million copies worldwide and became a musical and cultural phenomenon.
Scars on 45 co-founder Danny Bemrose was a 21 year old professional soccer player in Huddersfield, England until an injury forced him to change paths. He picked up his father’s guitar, taught himself to play, and locked himself in a room to write and record. Bemrose was joined by friend Stu Nichols, and they began playing live and recording demos, and soon Scars on 45 was formed in Leeds, England.
Highlights on the group’s self-titled 11-song debut include the melancholy single ‘Give Me Something’ and the graceful ‘Heart on Fire’ which features a perfectly balanced duet between Bemrose and fellow lead vocalist Aimee Driver.