Re: Looking for some influence...
Smashing Pumpkins: Gish, Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
Red Hot Chilli Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magic
Tool: Opiate, Undertow, Aenema
Sublime: 40oz To Freedom, S/T
Nirvana: Nevermind, In Utero
Pearl Jam: Ten, Vs.
Radiohead: The Bends, OK Computer
The Pixies: Doolittle
Weezer: Blue Album, Pinkerton
Rage Against The Machine: S/T
...and for some more obscure but awesome stuff check out....
Quicksand: Slip (so awesome, and sooo ahead of their time...)
Sunny Day Real Estate: Diary (once again, very ahead of its time...)
The Breeders: Pod
Fugazi: 13 Songs, Repeater (noisy, with lots of attitude...)
Lifetime: Jersey's Best Dancers, Hello Bastards (some of the best punk rawk to come out of the east coast)
Jeff Buckley: Grace (a simply fantastic work of art, and great drumming on it too)
Digable Planets: Reachin' (great old skool hip-hop with jazzy samples and a positvie vibe)
i could go on and on and on.....