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!

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.
  • Pixies
  • 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

      52. Janet Jackson

      For those who watched the original run of Good Times, it wasn’t likely that you would have pegged Janet Jackson as the cast member who would become the biggest star among them. Of course, with the last name of Jackson and her famous siblings; perhaps nobody should have been surprised.   After a slow start, the youngest Jackson became a superstar when she hooked up with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Together, they collaborated to create carefully crafted albums that channeled the urban feel while still being keyed into the Pop demographic. Janet was able to appeal to all audiences and had a long run of success that continued to keep up with contemporary trends while maintaining clever Pop hooks. Surprisingly, Janet is still recovering from “Nipplegate” and her career has been on a downward spiral ever since. Even if she fails to make a successful comeback, her iconic…
      • Janet Jackson

        51. War

        The United States of America has often touted itself as the “Melting Pot” of the world. We will let some other website debate the validity of that statement. For now, we will simply slot the ironically named band, War as the band on our list that we think best serves the Melting Pot analogy.   The multi ethnic California band were able to fuse the multiple genres of Rock, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Blues, Jazz and Latin that was delivered in a laid back delivery that certainly made them unique. They were fronted by former Animal’s lead singer, Eric Burdon for their first two albums though they were able to prove they could certainly deliver the goods after he left. Despite their perceived mellow approach and ironic name their music was more socially aware than they got credit for and with their recent nomination, their chances for induction is certainly stronger…

        50. Duran Duran

        We can hear the groans with this selection already. Chances are that if you were a music lover in the 80’s you either loved this band or despised them. If you loved them, you likely had teased hair and envisioned “LeBon” as your future last name. If you hated them, you likely spent a lot of time in the smoker’s pit with a cheap ghetto blaster blaring Heavy Metal. Coincidently, the NIHOF committee had both representatives.   Behind the legions of the teen girls who worshiped them in the 1980’s, lays a solid band that always fought against their pretty boy image for respect. Ironically, it was the band itself that perpetuated their all style and no substance image with their iconic videos in the 80’s. It can be argued that they were the first to truly understand the medium as their look was copied more often than their sound.…
        • Duran Duran
        • Simon Le Bon
        • Nigel John Taylor
        • Nick Rhodes
        • Roger Taylor
        • Andrew Taylor
        • Warren Cuccurullo
        • Stephen Duffy
        • Sterling Campbell

          49. The Replacements

          Many a Rock Star likely grew up with dreams of becoming one. In the case of the Replacements, we wonder if they dreamed about how to screw it up.   Like their Minneapolis brethren, Hüsker Dü, the Replacements embraced a unique merger of Power Pop and Punk and were among the first Underground bands in the States to crack a major label. Critics loved them, and their following was amongst the most devoted in music. The music of the Replacements was amongst the best angst ridden Pop ever produced. Like their heroes, Big Star, they did not get a lot of airplay, but much of it may have been their own doing. Often performing their concerts drunk and/or playing covers of other people’s music rather than their own they perplexed a portion of their audience and combined with incomprehensible videos in the MTV era, they seemed to stunt their own…
          • The Replacements

            48. Love

            Much like anything in the music world, even the simplest debates can become so complicated. Since it is still in debate just who or what songs really shaped Rock and Roll, we will throw in another ambiguous first, that of band often dubbed the first great underground band, Love.   Classifying Love can be difficult. Their music was influenced by Folk, Hard Rock, Blues, Jazz & Symphonic sounds to create a mesh that was uniquely their own. Like many artists on this list (or any other music list for that matter), Love’s career was very much a tale of what “could have been”. Love never toured with any frequency and with compounding drug issues that accelerated their own implosion prevented them from any decent follow up from their critically acclaimed album, Forever Changes. Even if they had gotten their act together it is uncertain whether the late 1960’s was really…
            • Love

              47. Def Leppard

              Similar to other artists on this list we suspect that our next selection will generate polarizing opinions. Def Leppard, like many artists associated with the Hair Metal scene often has to overcome the image that the genre created.   Emerging from the British Metal scene in the late 70’s, Def Leppard would eventually achieve huge success in the 80’s selling out arenas and millions of records. They were forced to alter their music with the freak accident that cost their drummer one arm, but rather than replace him they kept him and actually thrived with their new style of Rock. It certainly didn’t hurt that in the video age their good looks garnered them more female attention than most artists. Some detractors point that they were not a very “hard” band to wear the Metal tag, and the 90’s only saw that number swell as Grunge’s emergence was a reaction…
              • Def Leppard
              • Rick Allen
              • Joe Elliot
              • Phil Collen
              • Steve Clark
              • Vivian Campbell

                46. Cheap Trick

                It is common on this list to talk about how important being a great live act is. Perhaps there is no other group on this list that had their career defined by that strength than Cheap Trick; whose take on Power Pop made them a must see attraction in the late 70’s.   After a few albums that achieved only minor success, Cheap Trick found themselves struggling in North America, yet were stars in Japan. Using this fan base and they made their breakthrough live album at Budokan which allowed the band to showcase their raw energy which saw how they blended Power Pop with the fun of Rock and Roll and the speed of Punk. This allowed them to draw from fans who would generally stick with specific genres which was very commonplace in the 1970’s. This was certainly reflected as diverse bands as Guns ‘N’ Roses, Smashing Pumpkins…
                • Cheap Trick