The Spin Doctors guitarist was pretty good.
Alot of the "Alternative" that came out during that time was crap. Though some of it was really good.
Some good bands like The Grays, DaDa, Jellyfish, etc. didn't get a whole lot of airplay.
I think the potency of the Heroin or the lack there of at the time had alot to do with the suckiness of some Alternative and Grunge bands.