Candlebox is the debut album by Seattle rock band Candlebox. It contains their best known hit, “Far Behind”, as well as the hit singles “Change”, “You” and “Cover Me”. Released in 1993, the album has since been certified 4× platinum in the United States.Candlebox received mostly positive reviews. Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave it four stars out of five and states that “Candlebox rode the alternative bandwagon to the top of the charts with their self-titled debut album.” He also calls the singles “You” and “Far Behind” “the closest they come to memorable melodies.” Although released in July 1993, Candlebox did not enter the Billboard 200 until August 1994, following the success of its second single “You”, which reached number 78 on the Hot 100 chart three months earlier. The album peaked at number seven, Candlebox’s highest position so far, and remained on the chart for 104 weeks. The music videos for “Far Behind” and “You” remained in longstanding rotation on MTV and became two of the most requested videos of 1993.Other songs were recorded during the Candlebox sessions and included on other releases. “Can’t Give In,” for instance, appears on the Airheads film soundtrack. “Pull Away” also served as a B-side to the “You” CD single.
Lucy is the second studio album by Seattle rock band Candlebox. Although the album did not fare as well as its 1993 predecessor, the single “Simple Lessons” received considerable airplay, and Lucy eventually achieved gold certification.Four tracks from Lucy would be included on The Best of Candlebox in 2006.In an April 1994 interview with Playgirl, an enthusiastic Kevin Martin announced that the band had 36 new songs ready for their second album. Early versions of “Understanding (Racially Motivated)” and “Bothered” were performed live in concert that same year.Two additional songs were recorded during the Lucy studio sessions: “Featherweight” – a B-side to the “Simple Lessons” single – and “Steel and Glass” – a John Lennon cover song released on the tribute album Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon.Beginning with a brief European leg, touring for Lucy began in September 1995 and ran through June the following year. Tour mates included Our Lady Peace, Sponge, and Seaweed. On the October 2, 1995 edition of the Late Show with David Letterman, Candlebox performed their lead single, “Simple Lessons.”Music videos were filmed for all three singles. The video for “Understanding,” directed by filmmaker Gus Van Sant, memorably features the band underwater, including frontman Kevin Martin singing