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.
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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

          135. Television

          We asked ourselves a lot during this process why did so many Punk bands fizzle out so quickly? Was it truly just better to burn out than fade away? That is a debate for another time (and someone else’s website) but again we find another American Punk Rock group that had more historical significance than mainstream success.   During the embryonic stage of the New York Punk scene, Television became the first Rock band of any kind to play at CBGB’s which became the focal point of Punk. They were technically sound and their lead and rhythm guitar work were revered in music circles for their complexity and improvisation. Although they never moved beyond cult status in North America they became commercially successful in Europe influencing much of the Post Punk scene that followed. Their main album (Marquee Moon) continues to be revered and the chances of Television likely lie…
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            134. Sarah McLachlan

            134. Sarah McLachlan
            A superstar in the Adult Alternative world, Sarah McLachlan’s atmospheric Pop-Folk blend garnered her many friends worldwide. Her song writing and vocal skills made her very successful on both the critical and commercial front. It can be argued that her greatest musical contribution was the creation of Lilith Fair, which celebrated the female songwriter and helped launch a few careers with it. She may not come across like a Rock Star, but there are parallels between her and other women who are already in. The Bullet Points: Eligible Since: 2014 Country of Origin: Halifax, Canada Why She Will Get In: Being a female helps and the Hall has been vocal about wanting to induct more women. Why She Won’t Get In: She may not be considered Rock enough, and her profile has been low as of late. Nominated In: Never Essential Albums: Solace (1991) Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (1993) Surfacing (1997)…
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              133. Los Lobos

              What if your greatest hit was barely a reflection of your body of work? This could be the case for Los Lobos, whose cover of La Bamba was by far their largest hit, but was a poor representation of what this band was really about.   To paint Los Lobos as a band that draws from Latin influences is to really undersell what this group could do. Granted, they could (and recorded) music that was clearly rooted in Mexican influences but they could also create a wide variety of music that drew from American Roots Rock, Country and Blues. Los Lobos was also not afraid to experiment and their forays into Alternative Pop were brilliant. With no Latin American band in the Hall, Los Lobos could very well be the band that fills that void. Should that happen, one of the most underrated and talented bands would be at home.…
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                132. Johnny Ace

                We did not have an internal debate as to whether Johnny Ace should be inducted. We agreed that he should but as the bulk of his work predated the Rock and Roll explosion we are not sure if he is a Roots and Influences candidate instead.   The death of Johnny Ace has to be considered one of the first cautionary tales during the birth of Rock and Roll era. Ace was an R&B singer with good looks, natural talent and sold a large amount of records in the early 50’s. He lived the “Rock and Roll lifestyle” before their really was one and was found dead on Christmas prior to a gig after a failed game of Russian roulette. Ironically, he would score his biggest hit (Pledging My Love) posthumously and that song finally saw him break through to white audiences. Sadly, Ace never did see the birth of…
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                  131. Blood, Sweat & Tears

                  In most circles, Jazz is one of the most respected styles of music, so it would stand to reason that a fusion of Jazz and Rock would yield respect and success in the industry. In the case of Blood, Sweat & Tears it did not quite work out that way.   Depending on your point of view, Blood, Sweat & Tears was either among the best of the late 60’s or among the worst. As one of the first bands to truly mesh Jazz and Rock, their first album was groundbreaking work. Very quickly, dissention arose within the group and their creative leader, Al Kooper left the group. Blood, Sweat & Tears continued with a series of successful albums, but the music was more poppish and lacked the bite of the debut effort. It made the Rock and Jazz fusion look tame and though this may have helped them sell…
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