Top Ten Slacker Rock Acts of all Time

To some ‘slacker rock’ is a derogatory term for the cluster of college rock bands that came out of America in the late 80’s / early 90’s – to me it’s a term too often ignored, and a genre too often forgotten.

Even in 2011, ‘slacker rock’ stands strong, influencing new, up-and-coming acts like Yuck, Morning Teleportation and Chad VanGaalen.

So who are Slacker Shack’s, Top Ten Slacker Rock Acts of all Time? These:

1. Pavement
2. Guided by Voices
3. Beck
4. Modest Mouse
5. Grandaddy
6. Built to Spill
7. Silver Jews
8. Dinosaur Jr
9. Neutral Milk Hotel
10. Swearing at Motorists

I don’t consider Sonic Youth to be slacker rock, for those wondering why they’ve been omitted. They’re a bit too avant-garde and droney for this list.

So why, slacker rock? Well, it’s not because these acts slack-out of producing lots of quality music. It’s all about a looseness and a slack-eyed way of looking at things. Off kilter lyrics, loose guitar playing and quirky sounds all unite these artists and between them they’ve produced some of the greatest music of the last 30 years – FACT.

Here’s a stone cold slacker rock classic from Pavement’s, Crooked Rain Crooked Rain album:-

(MP3) Pavement – Gold Soundz

Enjoy.

Note – a few years since writing this I’ve followed it up with a Top Ten new ‘Slacker Rock’ acts – check it out here and send me your thoughts…

14 Responses to “Top Ten Slacker Rock Acts of all Time”

  1. jojo jenkins Says:

    I dig the slacker rock

  2. The Spook Says:

    I honestly can’t believe you haven’t put mac demarco here.

    • This blog post dates back to 2011 – Mac DeMarco didn’t start releasing stuff until 2012 – his stuff does fit the bill though 🙂

  3. I would kind of consider Real Estate to be Slacker Rock. Doesn’t sound anything like Dinosaur Jr. or Pavement, but the slacker style is there. lazily ringing out great melodies from the guitar. and a ” I don’t care” vocal style with lo-fi production.

    • Real Estate kind of fit the bill and I do like them – like the term itself there’s a certain looseness to the definition anyway! The original list was an ‘all time’ list but you’ve given me an idea – maybe I should draw up a Top Ten list of current ‘slacker rock’ bands still plying their trade!

    • It’s a good question – I guess I’ve never thought of them as ‘slacker rock’ but it’s such a vague genre – I may have made a mistake there!

  4. Sebadoh??

  5. […] in 2011 in a moment of 90’s nostalgia I compiled a list of the Top Ten Slacker Rock acts of all time. I’m a massive fan of Pavement, Modest Mouse, Beck, Guided By Voices and Grandaddy, so the […]

  6. So I’ve finally decided to put together a Top Ten list of new slacker rock acts – https://slackershack.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/top-ten-new-slacker-rock-acts/

  7. what about good morning?? or foxygen or hippo campus??

    • It was years before them. I’m talking original early 90’s acts. I’ve done a new list for current acts but even that’s short of loads of even newer stuff now. I’ll check out Hippo Campus (if only for the name). I don’t like Foxygen and not overly keen on Good Morning either, although both could probably fit the bill otherwise.

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