2020 Rock Eligibles

The Chemical Brothers were amongst the first to pioneer the Big Beat genre and push the boundaries of what people thought Electronic music should be.  The genius of what they did was take the Dance music phenomenon and alter it to appeal to the Rock and Rap set.  This allowed them to reach a huge audience (they were among the first Electronic acts to play a…
As evidenced by their name (and many other things) the Dandy Warhols were clearly influenced by the Velvet Underground.  With that said, they were also happy to embrace current Alternative trends and Power Pop sounds.  They had a lot of respect within the musical community and they were college radio staples.  With a few flirtations with mainstream success they got themselves on a few people’s radars…
Many bands seemed to be primed for something big and then wind up having to settle for just a devoted cult audience.  In the case of the Delgados, they didn’t even get that.  As much as their Lo-Fi brand of Indie Rock was respected and they got positive press from critics, they seemed to get lost in the shuffle, and they lacked that certain intangible that…
Primarily, in the mold of Art-Punk, The Dismemberment Plan followed in the footsteps of other artistic minded Washington D.C. Punk outfits.  The band was a solid fixture in the independent scene in the late 90’s but really broke out when they added an R&B element to their sound.  This help to usher in a danceable form of Punk that few were trying at the time.  This…
As Grunge ran its course and opened up the doors for commercially successful Alternative music, most took on a very serious tone.  This was not the case for the Presidents of the United States of America who despite their politicized name were a band whose music was chopped full of irreverent humor and frivolity.  As much as fun as they were, they weren’t taken seriously as…
Right after the Three 6 Mafia won the Academy Award for Best Song from a Motion Picture in 2005, host Jon Stewart famously quipped “Three 6 Mafia 1, Marin Scorsese 0”.   It was a somewhat unlikely run, but it was the first time that many truly realized how far Rap had reached the mainstream.  Three 6 Mafia did not reach their heights by selling out, but…
If it only takes critical love from music magazines to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame we can sign Wilco up in 2020.  This group rose from the demise of Alt Country band, Uncle Tupelo and raised the bar thereafter for Alt Country and Alternative music in general.  It isn’t just critics who love them as Wilco has developed a very sizable core…
If Heavy Metal is having trouble getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is there any real reason to think that any Metalcore band will enter? I think we know the answer. If any does, perhaps it might be the hard working Christian influenced, Zao from West Virginia who established a solid core following in the late 90’s….but again, who are we kidding?