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Candlebox rode the grunge bandwagon to multi-platinum success in the early '90s, despite howls of protest from the Seattle faithful who considered their music a watered-down version of the genuine article. To be sure, Candlebox's take on grunge diluted the punk and indie elements inherent in its original form; instead, they were rooted in the bluesy, classic-style hard rock that grunge had ostensibly replaced. Their resulting commercial appeal made them highly suspect in the minds of authenticity-obsessed scenesters, and it didn't help matters that the band hadn't formed until well after the Seattle hype machine had begun. Nonetheless, Candlebox unwittingly helped usher in the post-grunge era; along with Bush, they showed how the more challenging aspects of grunge could be ironed out and polished into a sound that mainstream rock radio could embrace without reservation. Candlebox were formed in Seattle in December 1991 by singer/guitarist Kevin Martin, a native of Elgin, Illinois, who'd grown up partly in San Antonio, and drummer Scott Mercado. Initially calling the band Uncle Duke, they added lead guitarist Peter Klett and bassist Bardi Martin (no relation to Kevin) and changed the group's name to Candlebox, after a line in a Midnight Oil song. Their demo tape found its way to Madonna's Maverick label, which quickly resulted in a record deal in 1992. Candlebox's self-titled debut was released in 1993, and while the first single, "Change," began to build them a following, it wasn't until 1994, when the follow-up, "You," appeared, that Candlebox really started to take off. "You" gave them a breakthrough hit on mainstream rock radio, which set the stage for the success of "Far Behind," essentially a power ballad for the grunge era. "Far Behind" was a major hit on both mainstream and alternative radio, and also made the pop Top 20; its exposure helped Candlebox climb into the Top Ten on the LP chart and eventually sell over three million copies. By the time Candlebox returned with their second album, 1995's Lucy, the backlash was already in full swing. Partly because of the group's previous momentum, the lead single, "Simple Lessons," earned some rock radio airplay, and the album itself went gold and barely missed the Top Ten. However, it was largely ignored or dismissed by much of the mainstream media, and was ultimately hurt by a relative lack of memorable songs. In 1997, founding member Mercado left the band and was replaced by original Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen. Candlebox's third album, Happy Pills, appeared in 1998 and marked a return to the more basic sound of their debut. "It's Alright," "10,000 Horses," and the title cut all landed some airplay, but the album sold poorly; by this time, countless bands were working in a similar style, and the band's early momentum had long since dissipated. Krusen departed in 1999, as did Bardi Martin; they were replaced by Shannon Larkin (ex-Ugly Kid Joe) and Rob Redick, respectively, but the group disbanded the following year. The original lineup of Martin, Klett, and Mercado re-formed for a handful of shows in 2006 to support the release of Rhino's Best of Candlebox compilation. The overall positive reunion stirred rumors of a new studio album, culminating in 2008's Into the Sun. In 2012, the band inked a deal with AudiNext/Fontana, who released their fifth studio album, Love Stories and Other Musings. ~ Steve Huey
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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Far Behind
  3.   You
  4.   Change
  5.   Cover Me
  6.   Simple Lessons
  7.   Blossom
  8.   Rain
  9.   Don't You
  10.   10,000 Horses
  11.   He Calls Home
  12.   Arrow
  13.   Stand
  14.   It's Alright
  15.   Them Eyes
  16.   Lifelike Song
  17.   Turn Your Heart Around
  18.   No Sense
  19.   Sweet Summertime
  20.   Baby Love Me
  21.   Happy Pills
  22.   Lucy
  23.   Youth in Revolt
  24.   Breakaway
  25.   Come Home
  26.   She Come Over Me
  27.   Believe in It
  28.   A Kiss Before
  29.   Bothered
  30.   Understanding
  31.   Glowing Soul
  32.   Can't Give In
  33.   Breathe Me In (Intro)
  34.   Underneath It All
  35.   Bitches Brewin'
  36.   Consider Us
  37.   Look What You've Done
  38.   Blinders
  39.   Steel and Glass
  40.   No Lights
  41.   Bonus Material
  42.   Lover -- Come Back to Me
  43.   How Does It Feel
  44.   Miss You
  45.   Into the Sun
  46.   Surrendering
  47.   Far Behind/Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
  48.   It's Amazing
  49.   Butterfly
  50.   Best Friend
  51.   Drowned
  52.   Belmore Place
  53.   Sometimes
  54.   A Stone's Throw Away
  55.   So Real
  56.   Step Back
  57.   Vulgar Before Me
  58.   Offerings
  59.   Mother's Dream
  60.   Become (To Tell)
  61.   Crooked Halo

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