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2018 Rock Eligibles

Too many it would come as a surprise that AFI would be eligible as soon as 2018, but they toiled in relative obscurity for over a decade before they achieved any real level of success. Once they did, their Hardcore Punk brand of Emo caught on and gained them a serious amount of fans. Having said that, this is one band that will have to have…
Although her previous work in ‘Til Tuesday was not among the most acclaimed, the solo work of Aimee Mann made her among the most respected female songwriters in America. Mann really hit her stride and gained mass respect with her contributions to the Magnolia Soundtrack. Her entire solo career has been brilliant, though without a real breakthrough on any charts it will be an uphill climb…
Beck has been often called a musical genius. It is easy to see why as there seems to be no instrument he can’t play nor a musical style he can’t incorporate in his trippy brand of Alternative music. Almost everything Beck touched was considered brilliant and all signs point to a career that will continue in that fashion. Not bad for a man who was first…
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…
Easily the most famous person to come out of Iceland, Bjork has set the musical world on fire since she embarked on a solo career. Her solo albums have been an acclaimed blend of Avant Garde to almost any genre, and despite the quirkiness and seemingly inaccessibility of her music, she has charted well and sold a large amount of albums. The Bjork discography showcases a…
Although blink-182 has been dismissed as too radio friendly by some critics; the impact of the Southern California band on Pop-Punk can’t be underestimated. Their irreverent lyrics, catchy hooks and ability to master the music video made them early stars of the new millennium and led to numerous bands who sounded just like them. As much as they had an influence in music, it was not…
Pardon the pun, but Bones Thugs N Harmony had well….more melodic harmony than many of their Hip Hop contemporaries. The Cleveland based outfit rewrote many of the standard lyrical rules of Hip Hop, and as such were hard to categorize within the Urban genre. They uniqueness was rewarded with solid album sales in the 90’s, but the group which seemed to be destined for superstardom has…
One of the common threads on our site is that of the Indie band and whether they will have a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. From the 90’s comes the case of Built to Spill which has been described as an interesting blend of Neil Young meets Dinosaur Jr. What works in their favor is the high amount of current acclaimed bands…
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.   The Bullet Points:Eligible Since: 2018 Country of Origin:…
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…
With a radio and MTV friendly brand of Alternative music, Collective Soul carved out a respectable career of hits in the 90’s and early millennium. Although they had a decent career and their hits are very well known, they were not the earth shattering band that changed the musical landscape. As such, they may be the musical equivalent of Album Rock bands that came before them,…
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.   The Bullet Points:Eligible…
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 Alternative became commercially viable, so did forms of Alternative Pop. With that, Counting Crows made a huge seemingly overnight splash with their debut record that was often compared to the Band and R.E.M. With that type of comparison, they received the type of dual success of being critically respected and commercially successful. Although they are not nearly on top of the world like they used…
Perhaps the most intriguing and polarizing band of the potential 2018 list is the Dave Matthews Band. Nobody can question their success and there is a very good chance that when 2018 comes they will still be selling out arenas and offering their music for free online. With that being said their detractors paint them as a boring Jam band set for the coffeehouse set. Still,…

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  • 313. The Crystals
    The muddled history of the Crystals prevent them from a higher ranking (and potential induction as it may have turned out) but it does not take away from some of the brilliant material that the Phil Spector produced girl group had. Their best known hit was actually sung by Darlene Love and credited to the Crystals which naturally created tension…
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