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
- 'Ghostbusters' new car: Paul Feig reveals #whattheygonnadrive
- Gay marriage ruling movie in the works at Fox
- Casting Net: Ellen Page signs on for Iraq War drama Lioness
- Hillary Clinton talks 'SNL' impressions
- Miss USA pageant names new hosts
- Rosie Perez leaving 'The View'
- Jeff Goldblum and wife welcome first son on the only possible day
- 'American Idol Live!' tour photos: Let's go backstage!
- They look like THAT now? See some of the latest child stars all grown up
- Channing Tatum in 'Magic Mike XXL' leads our quip picks
- Reel-to-real couples: 12 relationships on-screen and off
- 'Back to the Future' turns 30: See the cast, then and now
- Khloé Kardashian, Paul Rudd, Taylor Swift & More!