Musically, the ’90s were a weird time. The first half of the decade was obsessed with the dirty, political screams of grunge, and the second half went the opposite direction with squeaky clean sugar-pop boy bands and stars like Britney Spears. Amidst all of that, there was a fleet of influential underdogs making records that would never reach that kind of dollar status but quietly meant more to the musicians of today. Some later found bigger success, while others slunk away into rehab centers and disintegrating punk-rock tours. But legacy over capital rules this list of early ’90s misfits who made some of the most iconoclastic albums in rock ’n’ roll.