The 5 Worst Trends Started By the Class of '99

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4. Nü-Metal
Influenced both by the heavy grooves of Pantera and Rage Against the Machine as well as the attitude and flow of hip-hop, a new breed of rockers emerged in the late '90s armed with DJs, dreadlocks and down-tuned guitars. At the head of the movement was Korn, who titled their 1998 smash Follow the Leader as a kiss-off to the imitators.

Fred Durst and Limp Bizkit surpassed their mentors in Korn to become the big, dumb face of nü-metal in 1999 with Significant Other, a record reportedly done solely for the nookie. Kid Rock and the Deftones also broke through to the mainstream.

Zenith of Popularity: Kid Rock's Devil Without a Cause was the tenth-best selling album of 1999, right behind Ricky Martin's Ricky.

Why It Was Lame: A lot of it was whiny. The angst that fueled much of the music proved unsustainable. Many of the trappings of the genre, from rapping front men and DJs to parachute pants and "ethnic" bassists became bizarre clichés overnight. Oh, and a lot of it was just plain awful, moronic music, as pop-metal tends to be.

Where Are They Now? Korn gave dubstep a try last year and released an album with Skrillex. They headlined Buzzfest this summer. The Deftones and Kid Rock continue to successfully tour and record, albeit sounding little like they did in '99. Limp Bizkit reformed to record a few times in the past decades as increasingly fewer fans would be caught dead listening to them. Many others can be seen each month at Scout Bar.

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pawlie73
pawlie73

It may have been a crappy time or mainstream music but I remember it as a great time for alternative tastes. Radiohead, James, the Verve, and other British acts put out great records. Electronicaü and many musical forms (trip-hop, drum n bass, acid jazz) were some of the most innovative music to come to light in ages. Older guys and gals like Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, n Joni Mitchell put out some great stuff. Lotsa terrific regional Texas and hip-hop stuff as well. Don't let me forget Rock en espanol, alternative Country, and the birth of Screw (for better or for worse).

arianam
arianam

Haha the year that Gap came out with the kahki commercials I was in choir at North Shore High School and we performed "jump jive" and a whole mix of swing songs....dressed in khakis and white shirts LMAO.

Nathan Smith
Nathan Smith

Wherever Papa Roach is these days, it's probably nicer than wherever Powerman 5000, Spineshank, Taproot and Soulfly are.

Rottweiller2000
Rottweiller2000

@HoustonPress I would argue the movie ‘Swingers’ and not the Gap commercial pushed the swing music phenom

Kelly Switzer
Kelly Switzer

Ring watches are a recycled fad from at least the 70s, maybe even before that. Slap bracelets are back, though! Lets just hope that Jennifer Aniston layered haircut is gone for good.

healthy skeptic
healthy skeptic

Fun, bizarre fact: Lou Bega is German (specifically, Bavarian).  I don't know about y'all, but that mostly blows my mind.

Christina Lynn
Christina Lynn

i was in 6th grade when all this madness happened. I remember it well even though I wasnt allowed to listen to 104 krbe back in the day. Even worse is some of the fads are coming back from back then - like ring watches.

eden21
eden21

@Nathan Smith Isnt Soulfly a Sepultura side project? Sepultura was actual, non-'nu' metal - so i think they're okay. Powerman 5000 was awesome hahaha, the frontman is actually Rob Zombie's brother, so I'm guessing he's doing okay... Goddamn, did i ever hate Papa Roach.

NathanSmith
NathanSmith

@Rottweiller2000 Swingers definitely helped put swing back on the pop radar. It didn't really explode on to the charts until that commercial, though. That ad made Brian Setzer a lot of money, and he didn't even play on it.

MadMac
MadMac

I was...older. And appauled. With two "P"s.

MadMac
MadMac

Especially since only about eight people saw Swingers and because they thought it was art pr0n.

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