2016 Rock Eligibles

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,…
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…
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…
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)…
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…
At no point in 1991 did we (or anyone) think that Mark Wahlberg would become one of the more successful actors in Hollywood, but it did happen. Considering his first foray into Pop Culture was with the Funky Bunch, you will have to give us all a pass on that. You may forget that he did go number one with “Good Vibrations” and anyone sold a…
It could be argued that the biggest accomplishment of the Jersey based rappers; Naughty by Nature was that they were able to keep their Hardcore Rap identity while delivering Poppish Rap anthems. This is no simple task as any artist associated with a distinct genre based in the Underground or Streets will almost always lose their “credibility” should they crack the upper echelon of the top…
A man who SHOULD be going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in some capacity (our vote would be with the Jam), Paul Weller continued his run in England as an icon and continued to put out acclaimed music. We honestly could make a solid case for Weller on his solo efforts alone, but the fact that the Jam has been ignored completely disgusts…
Although their Rap was a little more on the Pop side, PM Dawn still managed to cater to both the Hip Hop and Mainstream crowd with their music. Overall, they only achieved a few minor hits; however their smooth style did grant them critical praise. Looking back, it is a little curious that they were not more commercially successful than they were.  The Bullet Points:Eligible Since:…
Say what you want about Ricky Martin, but he took the world by storm for a while with his high energy Latin Dance music. For a season, everyone was “Living La Vida Loca” and though he was derailed by inactivity and questions about his sexuality, it can’t be argued that he was a major star at one time. With that said, we will not be ranking…
Far from our favorite band, Right Said Fred somehow captured the planets musical attention with their cheesy crap, I’m Too Sexy. Clearly this is not Hall of Fame material, but as this was a group that did have a major hit that charted to the top in many countries we thought it was worth posting…..or maybe not.
When you think of Seal, two things generally come to mind; one his exceptionally hot ex-wife and his smooth Soul laden voice. Seal actually emerged from London’s Acid House scene, but found his calling with R&B infected Adult Contemporary music. This may be a formula that can get chart success (and a supermodel) but it has yet to equate to a Rock and Roll Hall of…
They looked like they should have been jamming with the Grateful Dead, but the Spin Doctors were a Pop friendly Blues Funk outfit from New York City. Once they were placed in MTV rotation, they vaulted to stardom and their earnest brand of Rock and Roll received them a healthy fan base. Their second album was not as successful as their first, and the third barely…
Dubbed by the press as the “Drab Four” for their doom and gloom take to Metal, Type O Negative was taken to task for their misogynist and over the top lyrics. Beyond the depressing mood they conveyed was a solid assortment of musicians whose arrangements were often a lot better than they were given credit for. Gothic music of any genre hasn’t struck the Hall yet,…