Music: Rock Is Rollin'

THREE BIG CDS CRANK UP THE VOLUME ON THE CHARTS AFTER YEARS OF BUBBLEGUM POP. IS THE HEADBANGER'S BALL RE-STARTING?

The world has turned and left me here," sang Rivers Cuomo on Weezer's self-titled debut album. In the years since that double-platinum 1994 CD, that's exactly what happened, not only to Weezer but to an entire generation of rock bands that emerged in the early to mid-'90s. In that era, grunge, punk and "alternative" bands--Green Day, Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots--ruled the hearts and wallets of young listeners. Then, almost without exception, they dropped from the top of the charts, replaced by rap acts and, later, boy bands and girl divas. Some lingered but grew less relevant (Nine Inch Nails' 1999...

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