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

          228. Bauhaus

          More often than not, music inspires people to get out of their chairs and dance. With Bauhaus, it may have inspired people to sit down and mope in the basement.   Given the title of the “Fathers of Goth music”, Bauhaus took Post Punk music in a darker and gloomier direction than their contemporaries. Bauhaus was able to incorporate other musical styles like Glam Rock, Krautrock and Funk and keep the mood dark. In their brief career, Bauhaus mastered the art of taking music into emotional places that most musicians never even thought about. As such, Bauhaus found themselves as an unintentional muse for future bands and were considered quite influential. They may have never got past cult (which they still have today) status, but Bauhaus could have never been a mainstream band anyway.           The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 2004   Country of Origin:…
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            227. Carly Simon

            If it is true that “You’re So Vain” is about David Geffen (Not who we thought it would be either), the only question we have left is could she be the next Singer/Songwriter in the Hall.   Lame questions aside, the beloved Singer/Songwriter was more than just that smash hit. Of the aforementioned genre, Simon may not have been the most successful but she might have among the most devoted fan base. Her wide range class appeal was enhanced by her association with other Singer/Songwriters and with a voice that could be both soothing and bittersweet she certainly had a unique appeal about her. Singer/Songwriters are populated in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and though we have many ranked higher, it would not be a complete shock if she was the next to get in.         The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1996   Country…
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              226. The Damned

              Is it possible to have a brilliant career but still somehow seem lost in the shuffle? This rhetorical question seems accurate when looking at the Damned, a Punk band that was certainly influential yet always appeared in the shadows of larger Punk bands.   As one of the leading Punk bands in the United Kingdom, the Damned was one of the first Punk bands to have any level of success. They added other elements to their rapid fire sound such as Garage and Psychedelic and with the crooning style of lead singer Dave Vanian; the Damned had a far more retro feel than their Punk brethren. Future work would see them foreshadow Gothic Rock; which helped to influence a new batch of artists. The Damned did not chart in the United States and that fact may help to keep this outfit out of the Hall.         The…
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                225. Herman’s Hermits

                The British Invasion brought all types of Rock stars to the United States. Most of them had a look and a new sound that scared parents, but if any seemed “acceptable” it might have been the upbeat and unthreatening Herman’s Hermits.   We all know how the Beatles and the Rolling Stones dominated the charts in the 60’s but they did so along with other British acts. Like the aforementioned legends, Herman’s Hermits had a slew of hits and millions of fans. The problem was those fans were very young and they were not considered “cool”. They often did not play on their own records (except for the lead singer, Peter Noone and as new Rock genres emerged they seemed less in touch with what was going on in the world. Regardless, their melodic Pop was very good for what it was and despite its lack of “coolness” is far…
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                  224. Spirit

                  A California Rock Band that seemed to be able to do it all, Spirit was able to blend multiple Rock influences anywhere from Hard Rock, Psychedelic, R&B, Classical and Folk. Often they would veer from influence to influence and this may have been why they had only modest success as many music fans in that era searched for acts that were more specific as opposed to diverse. Spirit was clearly an influence on Led Zeppelin, and if there are members of the Hall committee who believe that Zeppelin is one of the greatest bands ever (and many fans do), it is possible that Spirit could get a peek.         The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1993   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Los Angeles, CA)   Nominated In: Never   NIHOF’s Favorite Album: Spirit (1968)   NIHOF’s Favorite Song: Nature’s Way (From Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, 1970)…
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