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    58 Vintage Ads For Alt-Rock Classics

    Did you have any of these pinned to your bedroom wall?

    1. The Cure, "Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me" [1987]

    2. My Bloody Valentine, "Loveless" [1991]

    3. Weezer, "Pinkerton" [1996]

    4. Fiona Apple, "Tidal" [1996]

    5. The Jesus and Mary Chain, "Psychocandy" [1985]

    6. The Smiths, "Louder Than Bombs" [1987]

    7. Björk, "Debut" [1993]

    8. R.E.M., "Fables of the Reconstruction" [1985]

    9. The Breeders, "Last Splash" [1993]

    10. Pearl Jam, "Ten" [1992]

    11. Pavement, "Brighten the Corners" [1997]

    12. U2, "Achtung Baby" [1991]

    13. Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" [1992]

    14. Liz Phair, "Whip-Smart" [1994]

    15. Rage Against the Machine [1997]

    16. The Replacements, "Pleased To Meet Me" [1987]

    17. They Might Be Giants, "Miscellaneous T" [1991]

    18. Sonic Youth, "Washing Machine" [1995]

    19. The Flaming Lips, "Transmissions From the Satellite Heart" [1994]

    20. Tricky, "Pre-Millennium Tension" [1996]

    21. The Smashing Pumpkins, "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" [1995]

    22. Pixies, "Bossanova" [1990]

    23. Air, "Moon Safari" [1997]

    24. Guided By Voices, "Alien Lanes" [1995]

    25. Yo La Tengo, "Electr-O-Pura" [1995]

    26. Nine Inch Nails, "The Downward Spiral" [1994]

    27. Pulp, "This Is Hardcore" [1998]

    28. Sunny Day Real Estate, "Diary" [1994]

    29. Oasis, "Definitely Maybe" [1994]

    30. Alanis Morrissette, "Jagged Little Pill" [1995]

    31. Björk, "Post" [1995]

    32. R.E.M., "Monster" [1994]

    33. Ween, "Chocolate and Cheese" [1994]

    34. Dinosaur Jr., "Without A Sound" [1994]

    35. Jane's Addiction, "Ritual de lo Habitual" [1990]

    36. Velocity Girl, "Simpatico" [1994]

    37. Archers of Loaf, "Vee Vee" [1994]

    38. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Let Love In" [1994]

    39. The Afghan Whigs, "Gentlemen" [1993]

    40. Bush, "Sixteen Stone" [1994]

    41. Alice In Chains, "Dirt" [1992]

    42. The Smashing Pumpkins, "Siamese Dream" [1993]

    43. Tool, "Undertow" [1993]

    44. Rollins Band, "Weight" [1994]

    45. Nirvana, "Incesticide" [1993]

    46. R.E.M., "Automatic For the People" [1992]

    47. Sugar, "Copper Blue" [1992]

    48. Sinead O'Connor, "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" [1990]

    49. INXS, "Kick" [1987]

    50. Pearl Jam, "Vs." [1993]

    51. The Lemonheads, "Come On Feel the Lemonheads" [1994]

    52. Elvis Costello, "Spike" [1989]

    53. Echo and the Bunnymen, "Echo and the Bunnymen" [1987]

    54. Metallica, "Master of Puppets" [1986]

    55. Blur, "The Great Escape" [1995]

    56. Primal Scream, "Screamadelica" [1991]

    57. Sebadoh, "Bakesale" [1994]

    58. Morrissey, "Viva Hate" [1988]

    All of these ads were found in the extensive Spin Magazine archives on Google Books.