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Friday, March 14, 2014

Top Five '90s Bands We Wish Were on the Bottle Rock Lineup

Posted By on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 12:41 PM

We wish.
  • We wish.

So the lineup for Bottle Rock Napa Valley came out today, and it's basically a list of all the 1990s bands you ever loved or once sang along to on the radio without knowing quite who they were. Like, Spin Doctors? Gin Blossoms? Blues Traveler? Smash Mouth? And this is on top of Clinton-era survivors like Weezer and the recently reunited OutKast. The Bottle Rock lineup didn't totally satisfy our lust for '90s nostalgia, though -- here are five more bands we think would go great on this bill.

5. Sugar Ray

Right in the same vein as '90s guilty pleasures/two-hit wonders/Bottle Rock performers Spin Doctors and Third Eye Blind is Sugar Ray, a band still famous for having a singer that looks good in a 'beater. Your other opportunity to see Mr. McGrath perform this year is aboard Kid Rock's Chillin' the Most Cruise, but we sure hope he'll make a stop on Napa's dry land to make us all want to "Fly."

4. Everclear

They're kinda gloomy, sure, but remember how catchy "Santa Monica" was? We could easily imagine a crowd of wine-drunk thirtysomethings losing their shit and shouting, "watch the world die!"

3. Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls are embarking on a tour with Daughtry, of all people, this summer -- which is fine. They can bring him to BottleRock, too. Just as long as they make us all wistful for the days of cramming into a friend's car after high school and singing along only somewhat ironically to "Slide." (Just kidding: Our singing along to "Slide" wasn't ironic at all.)

2. Harvey Danger

"Flagpole Sitta" is a touchstone of '90s alt-rock self-loathing. Remember singing along to "I'm not sick but I'm not well / And I'm so hot 'cause I'm in hell?" Yes, you do. And we should all be able to do that at Bottle Rock, because now we're old enough to appreciate how cute '90s alt-rock self-loathing was.

2. Spacehog

Just imagine sitting in sun, sipping a tasty beverage, and blissing out to "In The Meantime." It would be incomparable. Book them now, Bottle Rock!

Other honorable mentions:

The Presidents of the United States of America: But only if they give free peaches away during the show.

Marcy Playground: Because "Sex and Candy," obviously.

King Missile: Nothing like a bunch of well-heeled thirtysomethings singing along to "Detachable Penis."

-- @iPORT

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