As the credits roll on the quintessential ’90s alterna-flick Empire Records, two characters sit on a sidewalk exchanging a friendly discourse on the merits of their respective musical tastes, counter-pointing between three key bands that are bound to cause a ruckus between any two sub-sects of taste. One fan says the “good bass lines” and “strong chords” of The Misfits are “old stuff” and are obsolete compared to the progressive and (at the time) new style of Primus. “Primus sucks,” his friend counters with a slogan actually used on Primus merch for some time. He could admit they have “beautiful bass lines,” but aside from that, nothing — and certainly nothing compared to the bass lines of the Pixies. Dude No. 1’s only rebuttal is to ask, “Then why didn’t they stick around?” Well, 15 years into the future, we know neither band “stuck around,” but both also rose from the dead in recent years — if for no other reason than so music fans like the aforementioned two could dispute the merits of proggy, fondled fretboard pyrotechnics versus solid, simple powerful songs.