6. Tori Amos was in a synth-pop band called Y Kant Tori Read (1988)
No, that’s not the Bangles. Tori Amos was a musical child prodigy, composing pieces on the piano just five years old. She was classically trained at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, but lost her scholarship after developing a taste for that there devil’s music, and also for her hatred of reading sheet music. Hence the name of her rebellious musical project…Her band (featuring future Guns ‘n’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum) was signed to Atlantic Records, and that’s apparently when it all started going downhill. Amos has vented over the years about record execs interfering with her musical vision, and the album was a serious commercial disappointment. The band broke up soon after, and their sole release is now out of print (apparently at Amos’ request).
5. Alanis Morissette was Canadian pop sensation Alanis (1991)
Before she was going down on Uncle Joey in a theater, the venomous singer/songwriter was Canada’s answer to teen queens like Debbie Gibson and Tiffany. She was actually kind of a big deal in Canada during her pre-Jagged Little Pill days, with her debut album going platinum. Then Dave Coulier came and things got grungy. She was too famous to hide her poppy past, but we have a sneaking suspicious that it’s something she’d rather have Under Rug Swept.Bonus points for having a pre-Friends Matt LeBlanc in her 1991 video for “Walk Away”!