The Rock and Roll Futures (407)

As we intend to make this website a constant work in process, we though it would be useful to discuss the future bands/artists who will become eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Many of these artists are still recording and/or performing and thus adding to their impending legacy. They will be in our future lists so please feel free to vote so that we can rank them accordingly when they become eligible.
About as eclectic a band as there is, Fun Lovin’ Criminals did everything on the Alternative spectrum and amazingly blended it well. They would become College radio staples (although more so in Europe than the States) and found themselves a nice little niche for themselves in the world of music. OF course, a nice little niche is not what the Hall of Fame houses. 
It could be argued that after Grunge ran its course that the band Garbage was able to meld more styles together than anyone else without sounding like that is what they were doing.  This really shouldn’t be a surprise considering that three of the members are accomplished producers.  The triumvirate found the perfect lead singer with the Scottish siren, Shirley Manson and the band collectively known…
Possibly the most well-known of the Wu Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah has an impressive discography that showcases his prowess on the microphone. The fans and critic agree as many of his albums sold well; virtually all of which were praised by the critics in the music magazines. Regardless, Ghostface has to be considered in the same boat as his other Wu Tang members in that their…
The stage name of Cleveland’s Gregg Michael Gillis, Girl Talk can be summed up easily as mash-up of previous songs.   While that might not seem creative to some, Girl Talk does an incredible job at it and has achieved critical praise for his work.  Sampling does not get more elaborate than this.
Another excellent Heavy Metal band, Godsmack may draw more from Grunge than from the Metal superstars of the decade prior. Appealing to straight up Metal fans and Alternative connoisseurs, the Boston based group has carved out a very successful career for themselves and if the Hall ever truly decided to recognize the Metal genre, they would one day have a decent shot for induction.
The limited chances of Godspeed You Black Emperor may depend on how much the Post-Rock genre (that of using traditional Rock instruments for non traditional Rock melodies) goes.  GYBE is known as being on the forefront of that genre and if that ever takes on a higher profile they would be a solid representative.  We won’t be holding our breath for that to happen. 
Deep in the shadows of Sublime and Rancid, Goldfinger was part of the third wave of the Ska Revival. Although they were far from those other bands in ways of success, they did manage to receive a decent level of fans. With that said, how many bands that are in other’s shadows are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?  
Almost a study in Electronic progression, Goldfrapp has created some of the most beautiful and sensual Electronica of the young millennium. However, what does this really mean for the Hall of Fame as Electronica has been largely ignored by Cleveland and is there any real reason to think that will change in the next decade?   The Bullet Points:Eligible Since: 2025 Country of Origin: United Kingdom…
Probably about as straight up a rock band as the United Kingdom had in the turn of the millennium, Gomez was a nice diversion from the many Alternative slanted bands that populated the British scene. Actually, calling them a diversion was a bit of a misnomer as they did sell a large amount of albums and won some good press in the British music magazines. This…
Led by the Madden Brothers, Good Charlotte emerged as a Pop/Punk band capable of mass appeal in the 00’s. Their popularity is waning as of this writing but their limited chances for the Hall of Fame likely lie on whether they are perceived more as Punk than Pop, as the former is certainly the more respected genre in regards to the Rock and Roll critics.  …
Although Gorillaz only “exist” in the virtual world, their success in the commercial world was quite extensive.  Created by Blur frontman, Damon Albarn and visual designer, Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz (along with their multiple collaborators) the blend of Alternative Hip Hop, Trip Hop and Electronica received nearly as much critical love as Albarn’s band, Blur did, and had their not been an alleged falling out between Albarn…
A band championed by Perez Hilton, the Gossip is a lot more than a band designed to appeal to the LGBT demographic.  Led by the charismatic Beth Ditto, the Gossip was part Riot Girl, part Punk, and completely Indie Rock. Does this equal a Hall of Fame induction? Probably not, but we doubt that this fiery band could care less.   The Bullet Points:Eligible Since: 2025…
If you are looking for no frills, no nonsense pure Rock and Roll, Gov’t Mule is a great place to look.  Their real accomplishments are not in the studio, but on the concert circuit where their Southern flavored Blues Rock makes them a decent draw.  Although they are not always classified as a Jam band, it is when they are jamming that they really shine.  Having…
Like many Alternative bands, Grandaddy was at their best when they merged old with new.  Their most praised work showcased their ability to use Electronic textures over a Folksy type sound.  Lyrically, they followed a similar vein exploring technology from seemingly a rural American point of view.  They were a good and quirky little band but that is not the type that the Hall looks for. …
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.
With a progression of Indie Rock to solid opener to headliner, the progression of Guster has been on a solid uphill clime for over a decade.  With stylish Pop hooks and an Independent Rock spirit, Guster proved to be the little band that could.  With that said, they still have a lot more climbing to do to make a serious run for Hall contention.
A hell of a lot better band than most people give them credit for, Hanson became an instant success with their catchy Pop melodies from their debut album. They also suffered a major backlash that exists to this day. That’s too bad as the talent level they have is a lot greater than just being the MMMBop brothers, but music is almost begging to be labeled.
We aren’t going to hold our breath waiting for Hilary Duff to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and likely neither is she.  This doesn’t take away from the fact that in her teens, she sold a lot of albums in the bubblegum, and pop genre and did have a number one album.  Sometimes music doesn’t have to be that deep.
Synth Pop stars, Hot Chip might be one of the most unique electronica bands of the modern era.  The London based group approaches their concerts as if they were a “regular band” and coupled with the falsetto skills of their lead singer, Alexis Taylor makes an interesting contrast to everything around him.  Is this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame unique?  Probably not, but it is…
Another Emo band that had more critical respect than the ones that made it big, Hot Rod Circuit may have also been a lyrically more sophisticated than their peers. With that said, there is a chance that a group labeled as Emo will get into the Hall, but that band will be more commercially successful than Hot Rod Circuit.