Formed in Portland, Oregon, USA in 1991, by Art Alexakis (12 April 1962, Los Angeles, California, USA; vocals/guitar), Craig Montoya (b. 14 September 1970; bass/vocals) and Scott Cuthbert (drums), although the latter was replaced by Greg Eklund (b. 18 April 1970) in 1994. Alexakis had previously worked as a roadie for a succession of north west punk bands. Indulging himself in copious quantities of drugs, he only decided to start his own band when a cocaine overdose temporarily stopped his heart. Early comparisons to Nirvana (exacerbated by the singers blonde hair) went into overdrive when Kurt Cobain publicly stated his approval. Everclear made their debut in 1994 with World Of Noise, which included the intriguing Sparkle (Fire pulls the spirit from the corporate whore/Im embarrassed by the plaid you wear/If I were you Id hide behind that stupid bleached blond hair). Critics were left unsure as to whom the reference...
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