We couldn't recognize it for what it was, but we experienced Peak '90s in 1998.
How Radiohead saved alternative (sort of) from a pit of mediocrity toward the late '90s.
God knows what alternative even was back then.
Alt-rock had a flirtation with immortality after a year mourning one of its most crushing losses.
"The One Where Trent Gets Closer to God."
The post-punk era lived on, briefly, in the early '90s.
Plus the waning days of college rock.
Nirvana's ascent, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers bringing us all down.