2018 Rock Eligibles

With a run that made you wonder if they were trying to be sweet and cute, (or only appear that way), Tanya Donelly’s project, Belly was both loved and hated by critics, and it became rare to find two music critics in a row who would give the same opinion about the band. Donnelly was a talent, but it is going to be hard to see…
Although they flew the Grunge flag and came from Seattle, Candlebox was not a critical darling, nor were they really respected among hardcore flannel and goatee wearers. Regardless, Candlebox found solid radio airplay with their debut album, and looking back their effort may have been more rooted in traditional Rock and Roll than their Washington State brethren. 
With a very passionate fan base, Maryland’s Clutch was another that was pegged as the next “it” band and though that never happened, ask their devoted fans if they care? They were part Grunge, part Metal, part Led Zeppelin, part Punk, part Jam Band and other Alternative based seasonings to make what many just viewed as a kick ass band. Unfortunately for them, without the album…
Best known for the international smash, “Gangsta’s Paradise”, Coolio may have been from Compton, but was at his best with fun loving Raps with a Funk overtone. He did so without losing his Hip Hop credibility and a look at some of the music he did, makes you wonder why he was not more popular in the mainstream than he already was. 
If unique hybrids are what it takes to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, than England’s Cornershop could receive a look.  Their blend of Dance, Indie Rock and Indian music created a different sound.  They were somewhat controversial and would not shy away from political or racial issues.  Their career deserves some kind of footnote, but they would be hard pressed to enter…
As laid back as they came, Digable Planets blended Jazz and Hip Hop seemingly without effort. In terms of the mainstream, they really only had one hit, but for many who listened to it, it was the first type Jazz/Rap fusion that they ever heard and it was a gateway to other forms of Alternative Hip Hop.  
There are many who wouldn’t give a thought to any one named “DJ” for a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but as the words “Rock and Roll” constantly seems to change meaning, there may be a time when it won’t seem so foreign.  With that said, DJ Shadow is not just any DJ, but one who has pushed the boundaries of the turntable and became…
As one of the long reigning queens of Country Pop, Faith Hill sold millions of records and put thousands of butts in seats for her concerts. Hill may be massively successful, and will likely continue to be, but Pop flavored Country music has never made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and as stunning as she is, there is no reason to think that she…
Grant Lee Buffalo’s blend of Alternative and Americana made them seemed poised for a major breakthrough in the 90’s.  It didn’t happen, and although the mainstream never gravitated to Grant Lee Buffalo, the fans that did loved them and they developed a devoted core audience.  They won’t get a look form the Hall, which is sad because they at least deserved that.
Another of the modern Country stars to enter our Future Candidates List, Kenny Chesney may have had a plethora of top hits on the Country charts and though a few charted on the low end of the Mainstream lists, Chesney is a solid candidate for the Country Music Hall of Fame and highly unlikely to get a sniff at Cleveland. 
If you look back through old music magazines in 1993, you would have seen many proclaim Liz Phair as the next big phenom.  This didn’t exactly happen as her career never really lived up to the major hype that surrounded her.  Regardless, her debut effort was very strong and was an inspiration to many female Alt based Singer/Songwriters.  With her losing that buzz that made her…
A band that seemed to know no real boundaries, Luscious Jackson was a eclectic blend of Alt Rock and New Bohemia. With a name inspired by a former basketball player (which we love by the way), the band were underground darlings in New York and though they never made the mainstream, we doubt they wanted it anyway.  
Although Perry Farrell has a major claim for the Hall of Fame with Jane’s Addiction, his work with his second major band, Porno for Pyros should not go unnoticed. Porno for Pyros followed the same path, although was a little disjointed at times. Farrell’s best Hall of Fame chance lies with Jane’s Addiction, as it should. 
Much like GZA, Raekwon did not achieve the levels of commercial success that some of the other members of the Wu-Tang Clan did, but there was no denying his skills which was evidenced on his solo efforts. Realistically, the best chances for Raekwon and all of the members of the Wu-Tang would be as a group. Honestly, isn’t that how they should go in anyway? 
Best known for their Alternative crossover smash, Closing Time, Semisonic had a few other hits, though none that ever reached the popularity of what would become a late 90’s bar anthem. Truthfully, that was about it for the Minnesota based rockers, as by 2001, they released their last (uncharted) album and were never heard from again. 
It is hard for us to really take Snow seriously as his biggest hit is featured prominently on out Worst Songs list, but he did reach number one internationally and anyone who can do so will likely always warrant a place on out Future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame lists. Realistically, if he came out five years after when the racial divide in music softened,…
Although they did establish themselves on the concert circuit supporting other Indie/Punk bands like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and NOFX (and held their own quite well), there is only so far a fun party Punk band will go in a Hall of Fame discussion, especially when those they opened for are quite far from the Hall themselves.