If you like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alanis Morissette, Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bush, then you’re going to love Lithium (Ch. 34) — nonstop alternative and grunge from the days when you could get eight CDs for a penny. Sift through a decade’s worth of angst and distortion that’ll make you want to throw on your old flannel, ripped jeans and Doc Martins and head into the mosh pit.

Get to know one of your new favorite channels with our primer below!


What does Lithium sound like?

“The Seattle Sound” mixed with alternative rock anthems and all of the weird one-hit wonders

Who are the hosts on the channel?

Madison (WEEKDAYS, 6 AM-NOON ET), Doug “Sluggo” Roberts (WEEKDAYS, 4-10 PM ET), Kat Corbett (SATURDAYS, NOON-6 PM ET), Rob “Hardy” Poole (SUNDAYS, NOON-6 PM ET), Art Alexakis of Everclear (SUNDAYS, 6 PM-MIDNIGHT ET) and featured host Matt Pinfield.

Who were the most important artists of the era?

Oasis, Bush, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Weezer, Beck, Alice In Chains, Alanis Morissette

Which artists influenced Lithium’s music?

Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Cheap Trick, David Bowie, Sex Pistols, KISS

How did Lithium artists change music?

They completely abolished Hair Metal and led the groundwork for DIY recording and unconventional song structure

Who did this music later influence?

Creed, Queens Of The Stone Age, Shinedown, Gorillaz, Coldplay, Muse

What was its musical legacy?

Gritty songs about angst, alienation, and depression

What were some of the important albums of the genre?

Nirvana’s Nevermind, Soundgarden’s Superunknown, Weezer’s Blue Album, Green Day’s Dookie, Bush’s Sixteen Stone, Oasis’ What’s The Story (Morning Glory), Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, Rage Against The Machine’s Evil Empire, Beck’s Odelay

What were some of the biggest events that defined the genre?

Woodstock ’94 and Lollapalooza

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