Here's a forgotten nineties alternative band and they're actually still around.

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  1. Blazer

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    Okay, ask anybody about Nineties Alternative rock and they'll name Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing pumpkins and Soundgarden.

    But there was another band from that time who frequented the music festivals and actually did quite well on the charts too. I recently bought their debut album "Throwing Copper" and was instantly reminded how GOOD they actually were.

    I'm referring to Live.
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    Alternative rock bands will always be remembered as having very expressive singers, Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder, Layne Staley and Chris Cornell. And in my opinion Ed Kowaczyc not only is equal to those guys but SHOULD be named as one of the best.

    Lightning Crashes.


    Lakini's juice
    Which is my personal favorite song of theirs.


    I alone.

    Live disbanded in 2009 but did a reunion in 2017 and are still touring and recording.
     
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    Live was always one of my favorite bands- my roommate in college in '92 was from Pennsylvania, and he turned me on to them when Mental Jewelry came out. That was a fantastic album. I've never seen them live, but would love to if they came my way.
     
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    Is it pronounced Live or Live?



    IMHO, they were meh.

    Trying way too hard, just like Moist, The Tea Party, Theory of a Nickle Creed and the rest of the slew of second wave of fratbro alternapoprock bands.

    Glad you found something you like though, variety is the spice of life!
     
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    They were huge around the Washington D.C. area back in the early to mid-90's. It's good to hear that they're back at it.
     
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    Except that they were not part of the second wave of the alt/grunge rock scene like all those other bands you mentioned (which were). They were their own thing that was contemporary with the other great 90's bands (Mental Jewelry, Nevermind, and Ten were all released in '91). They were very different from the West coast grunge scene musically, at least in the beginning.
     
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    Tears for Fears doesn't get their just due.

    Sayin'
     
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    I saw Live around their peak. It was like right after the release of Secret Samahdi, which was the album after throwing copper.

    Anyway the show was fine but I remember the lead singer pleading/demanding everyone go buy the new album like 100 times during the show. He was so annoying I pretty much made up my mind not to buy it.
     
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    Right. They were second wave fratbro alternapoprock before it was "cool".

    They just tried way too hard, IMHO. To my ears and sensibilities, they just seemed very forced, and with contrived dramatics (yes, even moreso than the all the contrived dramatics that were de rigueur).

    Again, YMMV. Variety makes the world go 'round.
     
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    Cool! I had no idea that they were still around.
     
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    Point is they're not "second-wave" of anything. Maybe they contrived, but who are they copying exactly? What alternapoprock band would that be? Just curious since I always found them to sound really unique (at least the first couple of albums).
     
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    I didn't say they were copying anyone. Their sound and schtick are contrived.

    There were a lot of bands that have had that similar contrived vibe, both before and after them. The contrived part makes them reminiscent of lots of bands before them and after. It's not limited to the alternatives or the 90s. The Doors are a prime example.

    IMHO, Live tried too hard and ended up sounding like an overdramtic contrivance of the emotion or situation they were writing, playing, and performing a song about.

    Like a self-important over-actor.

    Additionally, I didn't say that Live were second wave, I said they were contrived like all of the second wave fratbro alternapoprock bands.

    IMHO, Live couldn't comprehend the value and impact of subtlety, understatement, whimsy, and the wink and the nod that most first wave alternative rock "grunge" bands had that said, "we get that this is all overdramtic and were not nearly as important as everyone thinks we are".

    Again, it's my opinion, and it's different from yours. Not going to argue with you. Glad you found something you like. Variety makes the world go around.
     
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    Big fan, saw them in 96 when Throwing Copper was still fresh, loudest show I've ever been to, but good loud, and they were incredible. Have seen them a few times since, and some solo shows from Ed.
    Their Paradiso dvd is fantastic
     
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    Ed was touring solo awhile back, played the casino in Columbus. By all accounts, really nice guy.

    Live, despite having a very hard to google band name, are great. Throwing Copper was one of my top 20 CDs during my teenage years.

    Its funny how time distorts things. At that time in my life, I idolized the sounds of roughly a decade before. I valued grunge and alt rock EVERYTHING over the cookie cutter deliberately retro dressed garagish powerpop of the early to mid 2000s. But you know what? The consensual reality of the internet and pop culture butchered it all into being homogeneous. Nirvana, fronted by the reclusive short blond guy gets lumped in with outspoken Eddie Vedder. Everclear and Live get squished I to the bucket too. Gin Blossoms, GooGoo Dolls, Collective Soul.... you get the idea.

    There were alot of good bands running contemporary with each other. Good times.
     
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    Collective Soul! Thank you! I was thinking of them but I couldn't remember their name to include in the contrived, over-actors list.
     
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    Best use of the word “placenta” in a pop song goes to...... Live! They were (are?) a cool band, some good stuff for sure.
     
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    they were a local band to my area they came out of York PA
     
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    I used to listen to them back in the early 90s. Their music didn't age well,at the time to me they seemed more like Stone Temple Pilots than Soundgarden - a major label attempt at alternative, sort of like calling Sam Adams "craft beer". I had completely forgotten about them, which I would never do for Soundgarden, Nirvana, etc.

    Still, if I had to put a CD from that era on repeat I would choose almost anything over Smashing Pumpkins. But it's all music, and we all like different stuff.
     
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    My wife LOVES them. She was and still is a huge follower of ice skating and LIVE songs seemed to make it into a lot of the performances.
     
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    I must live in the arse crack of the world, as i never heard of them until now. This is slightly odd, as i was well aware of the band's mentioned here, and saw a number of them live. Ahhh...well, my loss/gain I suppose.
     
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    I still listen to several Live albums regularly. BTW, Throwing Copper is not their debut. Mental Jewelry is.

    Distance to Here helped my wife and I through a tragic loss. 'Nuff said.

    Among my fav Live songs. For personal reasons I will not go into here.

     
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