That is one impressive Rushmore! Who's in the Hall of Almost Rushmore?
I wasn't in Seattle during the grunge era, and during that time, I didn't really like grunge at all. But damn, Chris Cornell had a voice.
In the post-grunge indie/alternative era, I'd say that Death Cab For Cutie and Modest Mouse are probably the most well-known local bands. And more recently, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, and Head & The Heart. (I wouldn't put them on a Rushmore, just adding to the discussion).
Macklemore made a quick splash recently, and he's definitely a local. I think Seattle's biggest contribution to rap would have to be Sir Mix-a-Lot (Baby Got Back just turned 25, btw). One hit wonder for sure, but that's one big hit. He still lives here, and he drives a Lamborghini, I think.
While not from Seattle, Dave Matthews lives in a very modest house near mine (it's two houses away from the church where I was married). Once, when I was scouting for urban orienteering checkpoints, I happened upon his tour bus one evening, parked in the middle of the narrow residential street in front of his house. His wife and kids were unloading stuff after a weekend of performing at the Gorge Amphitheater. They apologized for being in the way. Say what you want about his music, but I'm impressed with how relatively normal of a life he leads for being a successful musician.
Sir Mix-a-Lot had two hits: Freak Mamma with Mudhoney from the Judgement Night soundtrack was a great song.
To quote Sloan about Dave Matthews, "it's not the band I hate, its their fans"
(Although Sloan was probably singing about a very popular Canadian band)
Yeah first ones that came to my mind were Modest Mouse, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Macklemore, Head & The Heart. Also Presidents of the USA. When I was six I was on a soccer team with the main guy from Fleet Foxes. He quit sports after that.
Also Presidents of the USA
If you have kids or know anyone who has kids in Seattle, then you'll more likely
know Chris Ballew as Caspar Babypants.
And I crank Lump and Peaches anytime, have aged well.
Since I have a Google Trends tab open, here are those two crab claws
, which makes me wonder about the Baby Got Back resurgence in Sept 2014.
I love Peaches. At one of the band/orchestra/choir concerts in high school, the barbershop quartet sang an acapella version of Peaches, and it was amazing.
No Alice in Chains fans here it looks like, which is fine by me, was never into them.
I grew up listening to 50's and 60's-era oldies because that's what my parents listened to. And then in late grade school (1990-93), I guess Top 40 stuff because that's what we listened to at things like skate parties.
When I got into middle school, that's when grunge was king, and I didn't really like it. Or country. Or hip-hop or rap. So I actually went through a classical phase at this time.
It wasn't until the Wallflowers "One Headlight" grabbed my attention in early 1997 that steered me into post-grunge alternative rock, which then got me into indie-rock in college, then KEXP which opened my ears to so much more. I started listening to KEXP online in Kansas in 2004. The decision to move to Seattle was made slightly easier knowing that I could listen to a great radio station in my car!