The 90's sucked for the most part. Grunge is a cancer to true rock and roll and most of the bands listed shouldn't even be mentioned in the same sentence as the Black Crowes or GnR or the Stones for that matter.
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You're not serious I hope. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is THE song of the nineties. You must take into account that the grunge generation didn't have the likes of The Rolling Stones or The Beatles. They got Nirvana, which was their revolution. It's totally understandable that they didn't care much for The Stones.
Musically speaking there was some great stuff in the grunge wave too. Granted Nirvana's songs tended to have the same structure (Going from slow to hard many times, and certainly in the songs that are regarded their biggest hits - "Smells Like Teen Spirit, Lithium, Rape Me etc. etc.). But the melodies were very strong. Kurt Cobain was a big Beatles fan, and the way he looked at music was that the strongest, and most important part of a song is the melody (And I agree with him, but I'd also add that the way the music grooves is also very important. That's why The Stones is my fave band. "Subterranean Homesick Blues", "Brown Sugar", "Jumping Jack Flash", "Rough Justice" (I could go on forever with The Stones), "Yer Blues", My Generation", "Glory Days" are all song with great melody and great groove). With this perspective in the Nirvana songs they were among the best of the best. I think most other grunge acts lacked this perspective, and that's why I don't listen to them. It's too boring in the long run. Not that I can't hear the occasional Pearl Jam song, but more than one gets boring for me.
Guns 'n Roses had some of the same too. But there's longer between the pints with them. Even longer with The Black Crowes. I mean: I like both those bands, but not as much as Nirvana. Nirvana MEANT something. There was something way deeper about them, than GNR or The Crowes.
Regarding your statement that grunge is a cancer to true rock 'n roll: I agree that the grunge/metal inspired rock of today, is a cancer. Not just to rock 'n roll, but to everything. It really sucks. I just have to ask you the question what true rock 'n roll is? Chuck Berry inspired Stones rock right? Well, if you could find the time to maybe get off your high horse you'd understand that rock music is so much more than that (As Gazza so correctly stated in another thread some days ago).