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2015 Rock Eligibles

Generally you don’t think of Nebraska when you look for influential Alternative bands but that is where we find 311, a band that combined Rap Metal with Funk and Reggae. They built their following slowly with constant touring and grass roots promotion. Over time, they escaped the American Mid West and achieved National prominence as a key Alternative band. They did not reach the critical acclaim…
A true alternative to the Gangsta and Hardcore Rap sounds, A Tribe Called Quest was a breath of fresh air compared to the posturing of their Hip Hop peers. Their music was a blend of Jazz and Rap combined with some of the best philosophical lyrics of the 90’s. A true Alternative star, they held their own at Lollapalooza and their ability to become stars without…
Although Alice in Chains has been pegged primarily as a Grunge band, of the slew of Seattle bands AIC may have been the one that drew more from the Heavy Metal set than the rest. They were very successful, charting often despite gloomy material and a dirty Post Punk sound. Equally adept at acoustic performances, AIC was a favorite among many who followed the Alternative set.…
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.…
At some point the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will have to address the Brit Pop phenomenon of the 1990’s. Although Oasis is most likely to get that nod from the Hall (should it ever come), Blur could be the band that gets it in their place. Blur may not have rivaled Oasis in American success, but they matched them in England note for note.…
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.…
They may have started out as a Bluegrass band, but they evolved into one of the most successful and controversial Country music bands of all time. They found new success when they added the Pop sound to their traditional Country and with deep thought provoking lyrics they were unique to both Country and Pop. If their profile remains strong it is not impossible for this country…
The definitive girl group of the 90’s, the sultry and sassy En Vogue was a combination of the girl groups of the past and the New Jack Swing sound of their day. In many ways they picked up where the Pointer Sisters left off and set the table for Destiny’s Child in the decade that followed. That “sandwich” they are in may be the problem. En…
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…
One of the more abrasive “in your face” bands of the 90’s, Hole delivered some of the better Alternative based sounds of their day. It wasn’t without controversy as they were fronted by the polarizing Courtney Love who had as many admirers as detractors. Despite some of the solid material that they produced it is well within the realm of possibility that the Hall would keep…
The first to achieve success upon leaving N.W.A., the first few solo albums of Ice Cube featured the same level of controversy he was accustomed to with his former group. As much as he was criticized for apparent racist and misogynistic rhymes, he was equally applauded for his social awareness. For Cube’s solo career to get into the Hall it would have to be on the…
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…

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