Rolling Stone's 2008 Hot Issue spotlights acts like Band of Horses and Vampire Weekend (more on that here). For the next week, we'll be taking a look at Hot Issue hits and misses from the past twenty-one years (because nobody's cultural thermometer is accurate all the time).
Hit: In our very first Hot Issue in 1986 (the one with Michael J. Fox on the cover), Minneapolis' the Replacements were the inaugural group to have the title of "Hot Band" bestowed upon them. Paul Westerberg and Co. released three more albums after attaining "Hot"status, and ultimately became one of the most influential bands of the Eighties.
Miss: They were HUGE in 1990. They had three number-one singles that year, and occasionally you still hear "Hold On" in karaoke bars and in Rock Daily editors' apartments. But truthfully, the main reason Wilson Phillips were given Hot List status was because they gainfully employed two of Brian Wilson's daughters and offspring of the Mamas & The Papas. The group split up two years later to pursue solo careers, bad talk shows and weight loss on Celebrity Fit Club.