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Our guide to the cult artists currently knocking at the doors of the Hall of Fame.

Our guide to the cult artists currently knocking at the doors of the Hall of Fame.

Once a byword for the excesses of Seventies rock, now seen as purveyors of beautifully crafted smooth sounds.

Boosted by Vampire Weekend and others who have revived their recipe of world music, funk and guitar pop.

Despite some huge-selling and obsessively loved albums, has been held back due to residual doubts over her "kookiness".

He clearly wants it bad (ordering around members of The Clash, doing hip hop with Gorillaz, helping out Mali) but he might have spread himself too thin.

Would probably take just one decent-selling album or two minor hit singles.

The standard-bearers of British gloom are hugely glamorous after a proper biopic, Control, and Michael Winterbottom's 24 Hour Party People.

Elton John A huge star, but never taken seriously… until the new milennium saw him trying again for the first time in 30 years.

Ultimate totems of the cocaine-hippy era don't seem to be the embarrassing-uncles they once were.

Old boy Brian Eno's been in for years as solo artist and producer, and a reformation has just about tipped it for Bryan and the boys - 35 years on.

These Eighties synthpoppers-turned-pastoralists have been a name-drop for a decade.

The success of their reunion tour has bulldozed away 25 years of critical sneering. However, memories of Sting and Trudie's tantric shenanigans still cast a long shadow.

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