4RockNRollers

Who Should be in the Hall of Fame?

This site, as the domain and title says, is FOR ROCK AND ROLLERS (4rocknrollers!).  And as a tribute to our favorites, we were stunned to learn that many of those groups that we think should be honored, have never had a place in the Hall of Fame.

This is our reminder that these groups have played an important part of rock and roll history and should have a place in the Hall of Fame!

60. Jane’s Addiction

If you were to ask many music fans in 1990 or 1991 which band truly defined “Alternative” many would point to Jane’s Addiction. With a funky hybrid of Metal, Punk and Folk the provocative band took the music world by storm in the late 80’s.
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    81. George Michael

    Usually when collaborations break up one party becomes more successful than the other. There may be no case of wider musical disparity than when George Michael and Andrew Ridgely dissolved Wham.
    • George Michael

      19. Pixies

      When the Alternative scene exploded into the mainstream many pointed to Seattle as the origin of it all. Funny, how many of those bands pointed back East to the Pixies as the group who was really responsible.
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      • Black Francis
      • Kim Deal
      • Joey Santiago
      • Dave Lovering

        12. N.W.A.

        Considered one of the pioneers of Gangsta Rap, N.W.A. was not just among the first of their kind, they might just be considered the best.
        • NWA
        • EazyE
        • Ice Cube
        • Dr Dre
        • MC Ren
        • Snoop Dogg

          140. Kate Bush

          Fans of Popular music often try to emulate the singing styles of their favorite performers. Kate Bush had legions of fans, but many of them probably never tried to sing like her. They knew it couldn’t be done.   Kate Bush did have an unusual singing voice which was matched by her material. She was an unlikely superstar whose literary references and broad themes seemed even more unique considering the young age in which she created them. After her initial success, Kate Bush slowly became a musical recluse which has only served to expand her myth and the collection of idealist strong females who found her influential is a bountiful and talented lot. A superstar in England, Bush did have some success in America, but it may not have been enough for her to crack the Hall who may look for an American version of the female songwriting prodigy that…

          139. The Jesus and Mary Chain

          There is an old saying in Rock regarding The Velvet Underground; they did not sell a lot of albums, but every one who did buy one formed a band. We are not sure, but our guess is at some point the members of The Jesus and Mary Chain bought a few copies themselves. It would not be a big surprise if many of those who bought Jesus and Mary Chain albums felt inspired to start bands up themselves.   Of the Post Punk bands of the 80’s, The Jesus and Mary Chain producing some of the most hauntingly beautiful of the era. Their debut album (Psychocandy) was an amalgamation of Pop brilliance, lyrical introspection and a heavy dose of feedback and echoes; the latter, proving to be especially distinctive. It was a spectacular album which garnered them critical acclaim around the world and would later spawn many imitators. Future albums…
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            138. Ministry

            In 2014, we expect there to be a strong contingent lobbying for the induction of Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails. We will debate that in four years time, but until then we will settle for debating the induction of a band that is credited by some for introducing Industrial music to the public; Ministry.   Calling Ministry a band can be a bit of a misnomer. Essentially, the product of its only constant member; Al Jourgensen, Ministry was the first outfit that brought the Industrial genre attention. With their hard driving Metal guitars, and various samples they garnered attention from devotees of other Alternative based music. With the Alternative boom in the early 90’s, Ministry became more widely known, though they never hit it as big as they perhaps should have. Constant side projects and drug abuse may have hampered the long term affects of Ministry as a band,…
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              137. Cher

              Our next artist may have the longest career on this list but would mot surprise us if she generated the least amount of respect. Of course, it seems like Cher has been fighting for respect her entire career.   Before Madonna was the icon of style attempting to conquer as many mediums as she could, there was Cher. Originally, the protégé of Sonny Bono and one half of Sonny and Cher, she eventually found more success as a solo performer and is the only person to have chart success over five decades. Her style and look was always transforming and it seemed that every five years she found herself back on top somehow. She may not have the Rock credibility in some eyes, but she may have the best rock voice. At one time in her life, she was on top in music, television and film. Nobody else on this…
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                136. Tracy Chapman

                136. Tracy Chapman
                The 1970’s may have been full of Singer/Songwriters but the decade that followed saw that genre dry up quickly. That made the success of Tracy Chapman that much more unlikely. She didn’t exactly have MTV good looks; she sang in a style against her racial stereotype and was not even attempting to be “cool”. Despite all of that, Chapman had a major debut, and though her career cooled off, she did enjoy solid success in the mid 90’s. Two big hits may not necessarily make a Hall of Fame career, but her uniqueness may grant her a look that she may not have received otherwise.           The Bullet Points: Eligible Since: 2013 Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Cleveland, OH) Why They Will Get In: The Hall loves Singer/Songwriters and needs more females. Why They Won’t Get In: Her profile has faded considerably over the years. Nominated In: Never Essential Albums: Tracy…
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