2017 Rock Eligibles

They were called the next ABBA, and for a brief time that looked like it would be the case. With two men, two women from Sweden, and a bubblegum Dance sound, Ace of Base captured the attention of fans in numerous countries. As popular as their pop melodies were, their peak did not last more than two albums (not very ABBA like) and as such have…
Nowadays, the Pop Culture reference to “Arrested Development” refers to the acclaimed Jason Bateman TV series. A decade ago, that reference was to the Atlanta based Hip Hop group that seemed poised to be the next big thing. Arrested Development did not reach the heights that was prognosticated for them, but their debut album remains one of the best ever in Alternative Rap history. That album…
The premature death of front man, Shannon Hoon brought to an end what may have been a Hall of Fame career. Best known for their folksy hit, No Rain, Blind Melon scored big with their debut album in a way that was not typical of other Alternative bands of their time. The group drew more from Classic Rock than Grunge, yet crossed over to both sets.…
Named Buckethead, because well…..he wears a bucket on his head, Brian Patrick Carroll may very well be one of the most talented guitarists ever. He is also among the strangest. Unlike other shredders, Buckethead’s music ranges from the Progressive to Jazz to Avant-Garde and all points in between. There is no doubting his talent, although many doubt his sanity. The Bullet Points:Eligible Since: 2017 Country of…
Considering that he emerged in the era of Gangsta Rap, Common’s Alternative/Jazz Rap sound made him unlikely to achieve the success that he did. Unlike many artists who seem to flame out after their initial efforts, Common’s albums just got better and better. It is this acclaim and continued career upswing that could propel him as a surprise inductee to the Hall in years to come.…
Moving effortlessly from Alternative Country to Alternative Pop, Cracker had a decent run in the early 90’s. However like many bands that flirted with the Alternative scene (regardless of what it was), Cracker was not able to keep their momentum in the last half of the decade and essentially faded away. With that said, they have announced a return and you never know what it is…
Although English Singer/Songwriter David Gray never hit it big in the United States, he did manage to establish himself at home. With a fiery vocal style and an earnest delivery, Gray was easily among the best of his genre for his time. Although he people who did hear them in the States responded well, he just wasn’t able to generate a passionate fan base, though he…
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…
He might get in as a producer. He might get in as a member of N.W.A. Dr. Dre also might get in on his solo career. Although he has only had two albums, they were both sold very well and were beloved in music magazines. The latter might be the key, as considering that his overall contributions to music has been ample his actual solo recording…
Generally Heavy Metal is not associated with innovation, but Fear Factory is definitely an exception to that statement. Blending Death/Industrial Metal with Electronica, Fear Factory continued the evolution of Metal and inspired another wave of headbanging musicians. Creatively, the band also explored complex lyrics and was known for taking their listeners on a journey throughout their albums. Their limited Hall of Fame chances however lie upon…
A lot of big things were pegged for Hootie and the Blowfish. Their 1994 album, Cracked Rear View, dominated the radio with their mainstream appeal of Country and Blues based light Rock and Roll found a massive audience and an unexpected “cool” appeal. They never did replicate that success and though that was expected, it wasn’t expected just how fast they seemingly fell off the radar.…
Embracing their Irish roots and with White Rappers slowly being accepted by this point, House of Pain managed to score big with the International hit, Jump Around. They did record three albums, but try to find anyone who knows anything other than that one major hit. Not exactly a Hall of Fame resume.  The Bullet Points:Eligible Since: 2017 Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Los Angeles, California) NIHOF’s…
Although they may have the most dedicated following of this class (or any other year), the odds of Insane Clown Posse ever getting into the Hall could be the lowest of anyone on this list. Sure they sold records and filled concert halls and literally created their own brand; but it was that cartoonish Hardcore Hip Hop style that gained them little fans in the critical…
Although many in North America considered Jamiroquai a one hit wonder from the Global smash, Virtual Insanity, the British band was anything but. Scoring hit after hit in their native England (and they were successful on the U.S. Dance charts too), the band developed their smooth blend of Acid Jazz to near perfection. With a soulful Stevie Wonderesque vocal, they continue to deliver a successful blend…
Despite their name, Blues was not exactly the staple genre of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. In fact, the Blues really played very little in the catalogue of music that the group did. Actually, trying to categorize this group was always difficult, as they bounced between varying places in the Alternative spectrum, though regardless of where they landed, they were always unique.  The Bullet Points:Eligible Since:…
Although she did not achieve the level of commercial success that many musical pundits pegged for her, but with the sweet way Juliana Hatfield sang in her Indie Rock style, maybe her formula was never meant to be more than cute Indie darling. Regardless, Hatfield carved her place in the Alt World for a time in the mid 90’s and developed a loyal following.   The…
Some have called them Alternative Country, but the classification of Nashville’s Lambchop proves to be a difficult one. The reality is that Lambchop seems to draw from multiple influences so effortlessly that it was hard to peg and even harder to go mainstream. Not that this is a bad thing, as this was a band that wasn’t meant for mass acceptance but meant to be one…
She may not be the current number one contender of the 2017 class, but should her career keep going the way it is, Mary J. Blige could make an intriguing case for that slot when she becomes eligible. Since her debut album in 1992, Mary J. has shown an evolution from a streetwise Hip Hop star to a Soulful Diva. Her tough sexuality has made her…
Blues and Jazz were not generally meant to find an Alternative side, but Morphine was able to create music that was not thought of previously. There were no guitars in this alternative Blues world, but was built around horns and a musical style they called “low rock”. Stars on the College Rock scene, they ended prematurely due to the death of their front man, Mark Sandman…
The Ska/Pop hybrid that No Doubt created in the mid 90’s found a huge following and made Gwen Stefani the Debbie Harry of her era. No Doubt managed to gain both an Alternative and Pop following, though their future efforts were primarily danceable Pop. Stefani is the key here, as her solo career skyrocketed and though it was not necessarily in the Rock vein, her overall…