Joining Soundgarden as onetime alternative cult bands on the verge of headlining concert halls: Chicago’s smashing pumpkins have just gone platinum with their debut album, Siamese Dream, one of the sleepers of 1993-although there’s nothing somnambulant about the band’s mix of lush pop and sonic rush. Likewise for L.A. alternative metallurgists Tool, who only need that one big hit to nail down their gold album, Undertow, to Stone Temple Pilots level. Also keep an eye out for the wise-guy folk-rock grunge of Cracker (led by David Lowery, formerly of college-radio favorites Camper Van Beethoven); ”Low,” from the band’s Kerosene Hat, has crossed over to classic-rock radio stations.
Posted February 18 1994 — 12:00 AM EST
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