In our humble opinion, the Nineties represented perhaps the final great rock decade before being utterly overwhelmed by hip-hop music as the defining modern cultural zeitgeist. But what is interesting to note is that in many ways, much of the rock music made in the Nineties reflected nostalgically the pop music of the Sixties. Here are some examples for your consideration.
THE DIGGERS – CIRCLES (1997)
Signed to Creation Records in mid-90s, this Scottish band released debut album, Mount Everest, which featured a post-Britpop powerpop style. Definitely, this track echoes the Kinks’ classic 1966 hit “Sunny Afternoon”.
TEENAGE FANCLUB – AIN’T THAT ENOUGH (1997)
Around the same time, the Fannies (yet another Scottish band) rolled back their Big Star + Dinosaur Jr. influenced sound somewhat to recall the jangly glory of The Byrds’ early 60s hits.
ROBYN HITCHCOCK AND THE EGYPTIANS – BIRDS IN PERSPEX
Of course, the influence of The Byrds is highly pervasive in indie-alternative pop-rock of the 90s and this is especially true in the songwriting of Robyn Hitchcock.
BLUR – MR. BRIGGS (1991)
One of the biggest bands of the 90s owed a enormous debt to Sixties pop and in this instance, Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd work from 1967 figures very strongly.
OASIS – STEP OUT
Whilst Oasis is well known for ‘borrowing’ from classic pop and rock music – mainly the 70s – this is an instance where the inspiration of Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight” (1966) was too close for comfort leading to litigation proceedings.
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