Mid 90's alternative music was a different breed. It was straight-ahead rock music, with different pacing and subject matter.
Take this song, for example. The Toadies were a rock band. They still are, in fact. This song, their biggest hit by far, started quiet and slow-paced, with a guitar and rhythm track ping-ponging back and forth between left and right balance. It made for a very rich sound, despite the streaght-ahead rock instruments they used.
And the song is about a romance between possums. Now THAT'S subject matter not visited since "Muskrat Love".