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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.
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      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

          104. Anthrax

          In a previous entry we mentioned that Metallica’s entry to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame we questioned whether this could be the catalyst to induct Slayer as the second member of the “Big Four of Thrash Metal”. We still think they have the best shot of the remaining four, but if they look towards innovation than Anthrax may be the one they turn to.   As much as the other bands in the “Big Four”; Anthrax helped usher in the new genre of Thrash Metal. Where they differed form their peers was that Anthrax was far more experimental and they appeared to take themselves a little less seriously both in terms of looks and lyrics. Anthrax receives a lot of credit for fusing Rap and Metal, something that was not common of at the time. The biggest obstacle for induction for Anthrax is whether the Hall feels that…
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            103. Primal Scream

            Anyone taking a look throughout this list will see the vast amount of artists from the United Kingdom. Primal Scream is another such artist, but if anyone seemed to represent the last twenty years of British music better than they did, we would like to know who that might be.   The amount of genres that could be associated with Primal Scream is quite staggering. After stints featuring Punk, New Wave and Jangle Pop influences, the Scottish band exploded with their album Screamadelica which was a brilliant Acid House influenced album that really helped to blend Rock and Dance in a way that no other had before. Later efforts showed the band to reflect Brit Pop based stylings and later darker undertones with later efforts. Many consider the band to still be relevant today and had they achieved a larger share of the American market (though they were not unknown…
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              102. The Dominoes

              We continue our list with a Doo Wop group that practically predates Rock and Roll. Because of that fact, we once again had the struggle whether this was a group that belonged in the Roots and Influences category. Considering that they are not yet in, we have to wonder if the Hall of Fame committee is confused too.   Drawing from gospel influences, Billy Ward and the Dominoes created vocal arrangements that became a key component in how songs were done by black vocal groups in the future. They had multiple R&B hits, most notably, Sixty Minute Man which by some accounts could be classified as the first rock record. That particular song; crossed the boundaries of raunchiness and launched them on a successful run of R&B hits that appealed to audiences both black and white. The Dominoes also launched the careers of the legendary Jackie Wilson and Clyde McPhatter.…
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                101. Scorpions

                You didn’t think we were done with the Germans did you? We return to the “Fatherland” where we have a band (unlike our number one choice, Kraftwerk) that had true international success and is considered one of the top acts to come out of Continental Europe. We wonder if we are going to hear from some of their fans that they should be our highest ranked German band.   The Scorpions were far from overnight sensations. They were together for years before they achieved success outside of Germany and Japan. By the early 80’s they had a surprise breakthrough in the United States and they became Hard Rock superstars selling out arenas world wide. Considered Heavy Metal ambassadors, they were able to appeal to the Hair Metal crowd without losing any traditional Heavy Metal appeal. Throw in a dynamic live show and that they are sill performing today, they may…
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                  100. Squeeze

                  It rarely fails. As new genres emerge there seems to a need to anoint a pair of songwriters as the new Lennon and McCartney. New Wave did so with the pair of Chris Difford and Glenn Tillbrook; better known as the creative unit behind Squeeze.   Though they never had the success or impact of The Beatles (who could?), Squeeze carved their niche as one of the most Pop accessible New Wave acts. Much of their music provides a link to the British guitar driven sounds that would come later as well as the Post Punk movement that they came from. Lyrically, they were far cleverer than they got credit for, and in looking back it is a little puzzling that they did not make a bigger impact in the United States. They probably won’t make the Hall, but they might get a look or two from the committee.  …
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