From grunge to alt-rock to punk, the ’90s were an explosive, expansive time for rock music. This record is one of the decade’s best, you just don’t know it.
Failure formed in Los Angeles in 1990 and signed with Warner Bros. arm Slash Records in 1992. That year, they released their debut album Comfort, and followed that up with 1994’s Magnified. But it was Fantastic Planet, released on August 13, 1996, that transcended both their catalog to that point and the greater genre of alternative rock. It’s my all-time favorite rock album; walk through it with me and I’ll tell you why.