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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.   Don't You
  9.   He Calls Home
  10.   Rain
  11.   Alive at Last
  12.   Look What You've Done
  13.   The Bridge
  14.   I Want It Back
  15.   Stand
  16.   Blinders
  17.   I've Got a Gun
  18.   Vexatious
  19.   Drowned
  20.   Sometimes
  21.   Arrow
  22.   Supernova
  23.   Youth in Revolt
  24.   Breathe Me In (Intro)
  25.   Crooked Halo
  26.   Best Friend
  27.   A Stone's Throw Away
  28.   Happy Pills
  29.   Spotlights
  30.   No Lights
  31.   Them Eyes
  32.   Baby Love Me
  33.   Come Home
  34.   Lifelike Song
  35.   Turn Your Heart Around
  36.   She Come Over Me
  37.   Sweet Summertime
  38.   Believe in It
  39.   Lover -- Come Back to Me
  40.   How Does It Feel
  41.   Miss You
  42.   Underneath It All
  43.   Into the Sun
  44.   Vulgar Before Me
  45.   Butterfly
  46.   Understanding
  47.   Become (To Tell)
  48.   No Sense
  49.   Glowing Soul
  50.   Step Back
  51.   It's Alright
  52.   Steel and Glass
  53.   Keep on Waiting
  54.   God's Gift
  55.   Only Because of You
  56.   Bitches Brewin'
  57.   Surrendering
  58.   Consider Us
  59.   A Kiss Before
  60.   Bothered
  61.   Lucy
  62.   Breakaway
  63.   Offerings
  64.   10,000 Horses
  65.   So Real
  66.   It's Amazing
  67.   Can't Give In
  68.   Belmore Place
  69.   Mother's Dream
  70.   Crazy
  71.   Bonus Material
  72.   Far Behind/Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

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