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2015 Rock Eligibles

Branching off from the successful boy band, New Edition, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Johnny DeVoe formed the trio of Bell Biv Devoe, and like many teen stars who continued to make music in their twenties, they embraced sex and a harder edge than anything they tried before. With funky grooves and an unapologetic raunchiness, the trio helped to propel the New Jack Swing into the…
Blues Traveler achieved success in the 90’s with a brand of light hearted Blues Rock. John Popper and company were a very accomplished group that along with their Blues influences also drew from Southern Rock and Jam bands. A solid live act, their reputation will have to grow exponentially for them to receive serious Hall consideration. The Bullet Points: Eligible In: 2015 Country of Origin: U.S.A.…
A Pop Metal Supergroup comprised of Ted Nugent, Tommy Shaw (Styx), Jack Blades (Night Ranger) & Michael Cartellone (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Damn Yankees scored a few hits in the very early 90’s. Musically speaking, they had more in common with Arena Rock of the decade before than the Hair Metal they were associated with. With only two albums and a legacy where the members of the group…
Best known for their hit, “Groove is in the Heart”, Deee-Lite often gets pegged as a one hit wonder despite having gone to the top five other times on the Dance charts. With a retro look and drag inspired visuals, Deee-Lite were actually a major force on the club/dance circuit for the first half of the 90’s even though they really only achieved mainstream success once.…
Probably arriving on the music scene five years too late, FireHouse was still able to generate some solid radio play before and after the Alternative explosion made them “uncool”. Perhaps that was the key to the success they did have, as they did not alter their sound very much to cater to what was becoming popular and stuck with the Pop-Metal formula that still gave them…
Jellyfish may have only had two full length albums and though they were not overly successful in terms of record sales, they created solid atmospheric Power Pop efforts that granted them a solid cult following. Although they did not do anything that was considered earth shattering in terms of innovation, they were one of the better of their genre and frankly should have received a bigger…
One of the most dominating figures on the Country Music scene over the last fifteen years, Australia’s Keith Urban has also achieved some level of success on the Pop Charts. Despite the monster accomplishments he has, Urban faces a tough climb as far too many high level Country acts have not received the Hall accolade and until he makes that major Pop breakthrough he can’t even…
Emerging from the Paisley Underground scene, Mazzy Star enjoyed positive attention stemming from the fuzzy guitars and psychedelic influences. They hit their apex in with their critically acclaimed second album in 1993, however the duo that comprised Mazzy Star never seemed to want the attention that they received and were apparently happy to fade back out of the spotlight. As such, other artists with similar labels…
From successful Rock band to Rock and Roll punch line in less than eighteen months, it could be argued that nobody suffered more from the popularity of Alternative music in the early 90’s. Despite having a very successful debut album, they were unable to follow it up as their second effort was constantly stalled by their label who found their effort too “heavy”. It may not…
Aided by the success of Oasis and other Brit-Pop bands, Ocean Colour Scene received their opportunity in England and took full advantage of it. Drawing from traditional Rock influences yet still sounding “British” OCS finally broke through by the mid 90’s, and the group that the British Music industry was touting as the next big thing for years, finally made it. Sadly, unlike Oasis, they never…
As the owners of one of the more important albums (Nowhere) of the Shoegazing genre, Ride enjoyed a brief place atop the British musical podium. The album sold well, the critics loved them, and they were considered by many in the United Kingdom as a can’t miss band. Of course, like many others before and since, Ride failed to live up to their early efforts and…
Bringing Dance music to a more to sophisticated audience, Saint Etienne had an ambitious vision in mind for their sound. Their deep grooves combined with the usage of multiple Dance genres defined them as the Acid House kings of London in the mid 90’s. Coincidentally, this allowed them to become not just kings of the Dance scene but scored them a solid Indy following. All of…
Out of the remnants of Spaceman 3, Spiritualized took the drugged out Space Rock/Shoegazing of the previous band to higher levels. The band was a beautiful contradiction of minimalist sounds with deep arrangements and took advantage of these skills in the recording studio. Like many in the British Alternative scene, Spiritualized is burdened by their inability to crack the U.S. market as realistically a band needs…
Giving Ska music a harder edge by fusing with Punk and Metal influences, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones developed a solid following and influenced many future Ska artists to push the boundaries of the genre. They may have not reached the levels of record sales that No Doubt or Sublime did, but their following was far more intense which made sense given the level of aggression in…
Well…..Vanilla Ice did have a number one hit and a number one album, and while he is a musical joke now, fact remains everyone still remembers him; whether we want to or not.

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  • 347. Dio
    This one is a little tricky. As the owner of the ultimate Heavy Metal vocal chords Ronnie James Dio has an overall career that could be considered Hall of Fame worthy. However, to the best of our knowledge, The Hall does not work this way. His 80’s band Dio, may have been his high water mark where his screeching vocals…
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