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

          221. Danzig

          Although we think we can make an overall case for the induction of Glenn Danzig’s overall career, we aren’t going to make travel arrangements for him to Ohio just yet. Glenn’s first great moments may have been with the Misfits, but his best work was with his self-named band, Danzig. This incarnation was able to take Danzig’s brooding nature and take it towards the Heavy Metal vein as opposed to the Punk side. The horror imagery was still there, but it took on a more sinister tone than a comical one. They had a very good start, but they never seemed to capitalize on that success, and they remain one of the more underrated acts in music history.           The Bullet Points: Eligible In: 2013 Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Lodi, NJ) Why They Will Get In: The overall body of work of Glenn Danzig would be the best shot. Why…
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            220. The Treacherous Three

            Many a music fan has debated whether Rap music should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This is a debate that is not going to go away anytime soon. As such, we expect that much of the comments here will be about Rap’s credentials to the Hall. For those who do not dispute the genre’s Hall resume, the pioneers of Speed Rap may have a claim for induction.   As one of the groundbreaking Rap groups, the influence of the Treacherous Three can’t be ignored. With lyrically complex rhymes in a rapid fire delivery much of the later Hip Hop vocal blueprint was engineered by them. They also were one of the firsts to combine rap with Rock riffs (though this would later be perfected elsewhere). They may not have racked up any major hits of note, but what they did to accelerate the growth of Rap…
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              218. Living Colour

              218. Living Colour
              While many white artists were blurring the racial line across many musical genres, the traditional platform of Rock and Roll seemed to be a “whites only” club; at least that was the perception among many in the late 80’s. Virtually anyone who thought that had their opinion change when they saw Living Colour perform epically on Saturday Night Live; which was the first time that many people ever came to know who they were. Subsequently, their debut album would not only bring them acclaim, but helped to start a Funk Metal genre, and to a lesser extent, Alternative Metal. Their future albums did not do as well (and were not as good frankly), but they do have an origin that the Hall of Fame respects. That might be enough.           The Bullet Points: Eligible Since: 2013 Country of Origin: U.S.A. (New York City, NY) Why They Will Get In: They…
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                217. Huey Lewis and the News

                On the surface, a Rock band that had extensive success in the Pop charts for seven years would have decent shot at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Although Huey Lewis and the News were very successful during the 80’s, the more their career is looked at, the more likely it is that they may not get inducted.   In retrospect, the huge success of Huey Lewis was a little surprising. In an era of young good looking superstars dominating MTV with their synthesized sounds, Huey and company looked like your uncles. Musically, they played safe Rock/Pop that did was far from controversial and appealed to the working class set. They had a huge fan base but it was mostly comprised of older music listeners who had the money to buy their records though not the passion to worship them. Still, any Rock band that could become so successful…
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                  216. Culture Club

                  A lot of Rock and Roll is image and there are examples upon examples where a carefully constructed image is what gets you noticed. Sometimes though the image you created to get you noticed is what may hold you back in the long run. On some level, Culture Club may fit this example.   To the listeners who enjoyed the unusual androgynous appearance of Culture Club’s lead singer, Boy George, they received a wonderful mix of Blue Eyed Soul, New Wave and Pop that was wrapped up in a radio friendly (and more importantly for that era, MTV) package. At a time when other British artists of similar genres were not appealing to American audiences, Culture Club did and as such had a much more international appeal than many others did at the time. Drug addiction and changing tastes eventually did in Culture Club (as it does no many others),…
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