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2016 Rock Eligibles

If you listened to the teeny bop efforts of early Alanis, you would never think that there would be any serious discussion for her to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her reinvention as an Alternative feminist Singer/Songwriter was the launch of the most successful female solo careers of all time. Her appeal became universal and millions of woman identified with her and millions…
Known on his birth certificate as Richard James, Aphex Twin had received the high praise of being called the most influential and innovative figure in contemporary Electronic music. The high acclaim was earned as Aphex Twin pushed the envelope of Acid and Ambience and took the Electronic genre to places never before thought. The question (as with many other Electronic based performers) is whether the Hall…
Considered to be the ground zero of the “Riot Grrrl” movement, Bikini Kill brought feminism to the Indie Rock scene in the early 90’s. “Indie” was actually a good label for them, as despite some of the attention they received, they were known for shunning attention. Regardless, they are often cited as an influential act by other feminist acts, and though they will not reach Cleveland,…
Although they went through a myriad of criticisms there is no questioning the success of Boyz II Men. The Philly based group were a combination of R&B, Doo Wop and the New Jack Swing movement. Sure, there was a bit of a boy band feel to it, but there was no group who flew the R&B flag of any kind who sold more records than they…
Rarely repeating the same style twice, Catherine Wheel has received multiple labels in their career, though they constantly persevere regardless of how they were pegged.   Seemingly always achieving modest success in the 90’s, Catherine Wheel is one of those bands that always had a following and rotated fans in and out. Maybe not a Hall of Fame band, but many 90’s Alt fans probably had a…
Fronted by the distinctive baritone voice of their lead singer, Brad Roberts, the Crash Test Dummies enjoyed a brief stint in the spotlight with mumbling lyrics and a polarizing audience. They were liked or despised, and though they achieved success as an innovative act, they were quickly dismissed by the mainstream, the college kids and the alt crowd as a goofy novelty act; which was never…
As the first Latin Hip Hop group of note, Cypress Hill’s first two albums featured a slowed up groove with pounding basses that could almost be described as a Stoner Groove. This sound proved to be influential on other Hip Hop artists that followed and their sound was a true alternative to other West Coast rappers. The problem was that their later effort was substantially weaker…
Essentially a one hit wonder in the United States, EMF scored big with it on both sides of the Atlantic with their Dance Rock song, Unbelievable. They did have other hits in their native England, but they never recaptured that danceable fun in the States. One album has gotten a band in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but one song? This one seems fairly…
He may not have achieved the notoriety and success of his Wu-Tang Clan members, but many within the Hip Hop community consider the Genius (GZA) as the top lyricist of the group. With his 1995 effort, Liquid Swords, GZA established himself as a true solo entity apart from the group. He may not have achieved the fame of his group mates, but a listen to his…
The East Coast response to the Seattle scene brought the world Helmet, an Alternative Metal band that blended Metal with other influences to create their own unique sound. With powerful drumming and disjointed rhythms they carved their own niche in the Alternative music scene and successfully paved the way for other East Coast Metal bands to follow. They may not be a Hall of Fame band,…
Best known for the surprise hit, One of Us, Joan Osbourne became trapped in a song that really didn’t define her abilities. That song was poppish by her definition and the reality was that her roots were more steeped in Country, Folk and Traditional Blues; which was evident by a listen of the rest of her music. Sadly for Osbourne, she is known primarily (and secondary)…
Considered the pioneers of Stoner Metal, Kyuss developed an earthy type of Metal that had the traditional aggression associated with Metal but with a spaced out feel. This Alternative form of Metal was unique and gave them critical love and a solid fan base, but it failed to generate any significant album sales. As unique as they were, it was a difficult band to imitate and…
On the bubblegum side of 90’s Alternative music, Letters to Cleo managed to achieve a bit of success with cute songs that seemed to be inspired by the 80’s. They were able to get the biggest notoriety with some covers, but overall they had a respectable run, although it may be forgotten by the mass populace.   The Bullet Points:Eligible Since: 2016 Country of Origin: U.S.A.…
They may not have been the most respected in some circles but Live gained a very large following with their deeply spiritual and layered music. The high content on spirituality however lent them to criticisms of pretentiousness and self-aggrandizement. Still, they were one of the first Alternative bands after Grunge fizzled out to have success and that can’t be discounted when looking at that era. Whether…
A major star in the Latin music world, Marc Anthony was not just a Latin singer; he was a versatile performer in all aspects of the Latin spectrum and was commercially viable for his label. It is not a stretch to say that Anthony could be considered the best American born Latin performer of all time when it is all said and done.   The Bullet…

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  • 161. Ultimo Dragon
    161. Ultimo Dragon
    The winner of the first J Crown Championship made a lot of impact in World Championship Wrestling winning titles there as well.  Dragon was rare in that he was a Japanese wrestler who sought to develop his skills in Mexico.  After becoming a star there, he returned to Japan ready to conquer Asia.  After Japan, it was only a matter…
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