After his group Camper Van Beethoven split up, David Lowery formed Cracker with guitarist Johnny Hickman
and bass player Davey Faragher. "Teen Angst" was the most successful song from their 1992 debut album. The track got airplay on "alternative" radio stations, but there weren't that many of them in 1992, as the format was just starting to take hold. Billboard
had started tracking the format on their "Modern Rock" chart, and this song went to #1.