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Candlebox

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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Selected Discography

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Track List: Love Stories & Other Musings

1. Youth In Revolt

2. Sweet Summertime

3. Believe In It

4. She Come Over Me

5. Turn Your Heart Around

6. Lifelike Song

7. Come Home

8. Baby Love Me

9. Them Eyes

10. Far Behind

11. You

12. Cover Me

13. Change

14. Simple Lessons

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Track List: Alive In Seattle (Explicit)

Disc 1

1. Arrow (Live)

2. Simple Lessons (Live)

3. Change (Live)

4. Blossom (Live)

5. Don't You (Live)

6. No Sense (Live)

7. Understanding (Live)

8. You (Live)

9. A Stone's Throw Away (Live)

10. Sometimes (Live)

11. 10,000 Horses (Live)

12. Best Friend (Live)

13. Happy Pills (Live)

14. Far Behind (Live)

15. Cover Me (Live)

Disc 2
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Track List: Into The Sun

1. Stand

2. B**ches Brewin

3. Surrendering

4. Into The Sun

5. Underneath It All

6. Miss You

7. How Does It Feel

8. A Kiss Before Dying

9. Breathe Me In (Intro)

10. Breathe Me In

11. Lover Come Back To Me

12. Consider Us

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Track List: Happy Pills

1. 10,000 Horses

2. Happy Pills

3. Blinders

4. It's Alright

5. A Stone's Throw Away

6. So Real

7. Offerings

8. Sometimes

9. Step Back

10. Belmore Place

11. Breakaway

12. Look What You've Done

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Track List: Lucy

1. Simple Lessons

2. Drowned

3. Lucy

4. Best Friend

5. Become (To Tell)

6. Understanding

7. Crooked Halo

8. Bothered

9. Butterfly

10. It's Amazing

11. Vulgar Before Me

12. Butterfly (Reprise)

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Track List: CandleBox

1. Don't You

2. Change

3. You

4. No Sense

5. Far Behind

6. Blossom

7. Arrow

8. Rain

9. Mothers Dream

10. Cover Me

11. He Calls Home

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Track List: The Best Of Candlebox

1. You

2. Blossom

3. Understanding

4. Simple Lessons

5. Best Friend

6. Arrow

7. Happy Pills

8. Far Behind

9. Change

10. Lucy

11. Cover Me

12. It's Alright

13. Sometimes

14. 10,000 Horses

15. Glowing Soul

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Was intrdcd 2 ths particular band by a terrible person...som good came from THT bit of fckdup...but ths sng is the only 1 I like...it's on my sacred sngs list tho, cuz I luuuuuuuv ths dmn thng...
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These boys took grunge to an entirely different league and raised the bar musically for everyone that followed
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I'm with you BeccaMae...T h e i r self titled album is in my not so humble opinion a kickаss album from start to finish! I Personally believe a perfect album is very very rare & is itself quite a fuсκіng achievement! It's an honor only a few artists can claim like Фzzұ-×2=¹No More Tears & ²Ozzmosis| Tupac= Strictly 4 My N·I·G·G·A·S to name a few! YES, this is in my opinion! NO, I don't give a fuсκ what anyone else thinks, unless you agree...lol| S.Killer♥ ψYour Friendly Neighborhood Psychopathψ
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I think their self titled album is amazing from beginning to end. Memories of being out in the country under the stars having beer with friends listening to it. Love candlebox.
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You fucken let me fall behind R.I.P my brother Jimmy lived a sad lonely life and then he was gone.
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Couldn't share the pain and watch you suffer,,,, maybe,,, we might share in something great......
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Some great LASTING music to enjoy! Love the lyrics and sound. Helping me stay sober and clean, wild and free!
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Best band ever!! My absolute fave since 1993
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troy_gillasp i e
DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE IF YOUR LIFE. TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS. DON'T STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignore it, then you will have very bad luck PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOURE DONE PRESS THE SPACE BAR AND YOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO CREAPY CAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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Man it reminds of highschool days!!
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Love this
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THESE bad boys have been around for a while… I've been rocking out to them for most of that time… This is my favorite LP .......by far >behind <

I dedicate it to my brother who is not of this earth any longer
RIP
0:"o/
Jim
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I have been far behind for many years and still going on
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Really makes you think...wher e does the time go?
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Far Behind..
Reminder..
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Love this live s**t!
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Been Rock'in to them since '93 they never get old...Saw the in Austin at the Backroom on the south side...Best Bar show by far...
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:'|
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Candlebox is da s**t
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I still listen to them every morning
They rock
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I don't know how many good songs they performed, but I really like this one in particular.. . " D i d I mean to treat you oh so bad, but I did it anyway."
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lovepets1982
Dude has a very distinctive voice tht sets this group alone
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Met them in Iraq on USO tour! Awesome guys and great live show!
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Candle Box freaking Rules cover me
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�� like Mary...
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Its all been pretend..... A change is gonna come. I feel a change is gonna come. Yeahya
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I got clean in the early 90s listening to Candlebox ....u were flying on so high and u left me far behind. ....20 years later and still have left that s**t far behind. ....����
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These guys have a really interesting sound... like Nirvana could have sounded if they had tried a little harder to refine their sound.
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Awesome song and band is the best friend I've ever had I love this tune Candle Box far behind AWE I'm in heaven again awesome!!!!! !
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Far behind is awesome
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Just a great band that once you hear you are locked in
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That first album was sooooo good...
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One of my all time favorite bands!
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Maybe but not likely. ;0
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gmzolkowski
Lost a lot of great people to this album
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They're awesome saw them in concert up in Albany they rocked !!!!!
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Great song, even if a heavy topic. Suicide has affected me and everyone I loved. Sadness.
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And then maybe.....
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Awesome !
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took a girl to see them in fort lauderdale and they were the root of a great relationship and everytime she hears candlebox, she kisses me. thank you candlebox!
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Love it!!!
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Flying oh so high
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Far Behind
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kpohlner
I've seen these guys multiple times and there were great each time. Highly underrated!
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Truth
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Awesome !!
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Mmmmm...... Bendito Dios for blessing us with great music!!! Sooo sweet..... Lyrics are Deep.....♡
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good drummer....
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marameg
All good memories listening to you guys, then and now.
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Thank you Candle box for a lot of nights mak:-) ing love to my beautiful wife...
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