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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 Candlebox'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. In 2015, Peter Klett and Scott Mercado announced they were leaving Candlebox to devote more time to their other project, Lotus Crush. A few months later, Kevin Martin and Dave Krusen unveiled a new edition of the band, featuring new guitarists Mike Leslie and Brian Quinn, and bassist Adam Kury. This lineup went into the studio to record a new album, and Disappearing in Airports was released in April 2016. ~ 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.   He Calls Home
  9.   Don't You
  10.   Rain
  11.   Stand
  12.   10,000 Horses
  13.   Mother's Dream
  14.   It's Alright
  15.   No Sense
  16.   Them Eyes
  17.   Youth in Revolt
  18.   Lover -- Come Back to Me
  19.   Arrow
  20.   Sweet Summertime
  21.   Lucy
  22.   Turn Your Heart Around
  23.   Understanding
  24.   Sometimes
  25.   Lifelike Song
  26.   Blinders
  27.   NO LIGHTS
  28.   Believe in It
  29.   Vulgar Before Me
  30.   Drowned
  31.   Can't Give In
  32.   I Want It Back
  33.   Come Home
  34.   How Does It Feel
  35.   Miss You
  36.   It's Amazing
  37.   Butterfly
  38.   Bothered
  39.   Crooked Halo
  40.   Look What You've Done
  41.   Offerings
  42.   Happy Pills
  43.   Only Because of You
  44.   Breathe Me In (Intro)
  45.   A Kiss Before
  46.   Become (To Tell)
  47.   Best Friend
  48.   Belmore Place
  49.   Step Back
  50.   So Real
  51.   A Stone's Throw Away
  52.   Breakaway
  53.   Supernova
  54.   Vexatious
  55.   Into the Sun
  56.   Consider Us
  57.   Far Behind/Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
  58.   Steel and Glass
  59.   Glowing Soul
  60.   Surrendering
  61.   Bitches Brewin'
  62.   Underneath It All
  63.   Bonus Material
  64.   She Come Over Me
  65.   Baby Love Me
  66.   Alive at Last
  67.   I've Got a Gun
  68.   The Bridge
  69.   Spotlights
  70.   Crazy
  71.   God's Gift
  72.   Keep on Waiting

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