33 Great Album Covers From Denver in the '90s

Twice Wilted | Ice Hex Fix | 1993
Twice Wilted | Ice Hex Fix | 1993

As they were in much of the rest of the world, the '90s in Denver were a time of great creativity in music — and if not for the lack of a spotlight directed at the Mile High City, more of our homegrown artists probably would have enjoyed national as well as local popularity. There were far fewer original bands in the city than there are now, but they produced some excellent albums that have faded into history — except in the minds of the people who were there. The list below offers many of the bigger names across several genres of music, as well as a few of the key compilations — including the first Radio 1190 Local Shakedown compilation, which, while released in late 2000, captured what Denver music sounded like at the end of the 1990s.

As Denver's music scene broadens rapidly with the vast influx of people in recent years, we should not forget what came before, and how it helped to shape what we have today. The following is a far-from-definitive sampling of an entire decade of music in Denver; share your own favorite '90s album covers in the comments.

40th Day | Lovely Like a Snake | 1992
40th Day | Lovely Like a Snake | 1992
The Apples In Stereo | Her Wallpaper Reverie | 1999
The Apples In Stereo | Her Wallpaper Reverie | 1999
Cold Crank | Saccharine | 1994
Cold Crank | Saccharine | 1994
Dressy Bessy | Pink Hearts Yellow Moons | 1999
Dressy Bessy | Pink Hearts Yellow Moons | 1999
Five Iron Frenzy | Our Newest Album Ever! | 1997
Five Iron Frenzy | Our Newest Album Ever! | 1997
Foreskin 500 | Starbent But Superfreaked | 1996
Foreskin 500 | Starbent But Superfreaked | 1996
Gina Go Faster | Wagon Mound | 1999
Gina Go Faster | Wagon Mound | 1999
Hate Fuck Trio | Ol' Blue Eyes | 1997
Hate Fuck Trio | Ol' Blue Eyes | 1997
Lord Groovy and The Psychodelic Zombiez | An Evening at the Zoo | 1993
Lord Groovy and The Psychodelic Zombiez | An Evening at the Zoo | 1993
Noise Tent '99 Spring Sampler (compilation) | 1999
Noise Tent '99 Spring Sampler (compilation) | 1999
Pinhead Circus | Nothing Groundbreaking | 1995
Pinhead Circus | Nothing Groundbreaking | 1995
Planes Mistaken for Stars | Copper and Stars | 1998
Planes Mistaken for Stars | Copper and Stars | 1998
Radio 1190 Local Shakedown (compilation) | 2000
Radio 1190 Local Shakedown (compilation) | 2000
Rok Tots | Thirty Ill Moons | 1991
Rok Tots | Thirty Ill Moons | 1991
Scramblehead | Valley of the Bugs | 1995
Scramblehead | Valley of the Bugs | 1995
Seraphim Shock | Red Silk Vow | 1997
Seraphim Shock | Red Silk Vow | 1997
Sista D | In the Mile High City | 1998
Sista D | In the Mile High City | 1998
Sixteen Horsepower | Low Estate | 1997
Sixteen Horsepower | Low Estate | 1997
Space Team Electra | The Vortex Flower | 1998
Space Team Electra | The Vortex Flower | 1998
Sympathy F | self-titled | 1993
Sympathy F | self-titled | 1993
Tarmints | self-titled | 1998
Tarmints | self-titled | 1998
The Christines | Living at the Bottom of the Sea | 1996
The Christines | Living at the Bottom of the Sea | 1996
The Czars | The La Brea Tar Pits of Routine | 1997
The Czars | The La Brea Tar Pits of Routine | 1997
The Fluid | Purplemetalflakemusic | 1993
The Fluid | Purplemetalflakemusic | 1993
The New Frontier (compilation) | 1998
The New Frontier (compilation) | 1998
The VSS | Nervous Circuits | 1997
The VSS | Nervous Circuits | 1997
Throat Culture | 6 Songs and 2 Remixes | 1999
Throat Culture | 6 Songs and 2 Remixes | 1999
Vivid Imagination | Brutus Bruceleroy | 1995
Vivid Imagination | Brutus Bruceleroy | 1995
Warlock Pinchers | Circusized Peanuts | 1991
Warlock Pinchers | Circusized Peanuts | 1991
Wonderground (compilation) | 1999
Wonderground (compilation) | 1999
Worm Trouble | self-titled | 1997
Worm Trouble | self-titled | 1997
Wretch Like Me | Calling All Cars... | 1999
Wretch Like Me | Calling All Cars... | 1999

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