Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
This is one of the very first records I ever truly fell in love with. Tracks like “Rusty Cage”, “Jesus Christ Pose”, “Slaves and Bulldozers” and “New Damage” had me listening to this record all day, every day, for months. Not to mention Chris Cornell’s unbelievable vocal range and vocal melodies.
TAD - Inhaler
This record is very important to me because I feel that it is the perfect intersection for my deep love for early punk, grunge, and metal. It really just hits all the spots for me with Tad’s use of heavy riffs, deep basslines, and hard hitting drums.
Primus - Sailing the Seas of Cheese
As a bassist, this is one of the records that truly showed me how versatile the electric bass can be. Les Claypool, bassist and frontman for Primus, uses his brilliant skill and several unique playing styles to create sounds and riffs that I didn’t even think were possible as a young 11-year-old picking up the bass for the first time.
Alice in Chains - Dirt
This record is one of the greatest records to ever come from the 1990s. Jerry Cantrell’s heavy rhythmic and melodic guitar riffs paired with Lane Stayley’s extraordinary vocal skill is a true match made in heaven.
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik
This record introduced me to thumping bass groove, with just the right level of punk and funk. Thanks to the legendary producer Rick Rubin and the powerful chemistry of Anthony Kiedis, Flea, John Frusciante, and Chad Smith, every aspect of this record was done in just the right way.
Nirvana - In Utero
Despite Nirvana’s Bleach, Nevermind, and Insecticide all being some of my favorite records of all time, I typically find myself always coming back to In Utero because it’s a record that has something for everyone. It’s jam-packed with hard-hitting heavy tracks like “Scentless Apprentice”, “Milk it”, “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter”, and “Tourrette’s”. But, the record is stacks with profound and meaningful songs like “Heart-Shaped Box”, “Dumb”, “Marigold”, and “All Apologies”.
Silverchair - Freak Show
Hailing from Australia, Silverchair proved that the greatest grunge doesn't just come from Seattle. As well as their 1995 record Frogstomp, Freak Show from 1997 is full of heavy, rhythmic chord progressions, time changes, head-banging breakdowns, and fantastic vocals from Daniel Johns. Some of my favorite tracks from this record are “Learn to Hate”, “Slave”, and “No Association”
The Bobby Lees - Bellevue
While most of my favorite music comes from the 1990s and early 2000s, The Bobby Lees are a contemporary band that knows exactly what they are doing. The Bobby Lees are the new face of modern punk. Since their very first release in 2018, they have yet to miss. Everything they do accompanies emotion, energy, and the elevated greatness of classic hardcore punk.
Rex Wolf is Bluphoria’s bassist and background vocalist.