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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!

1. Pearl Jam

1. Pearl Jam
If Nirvana were the Beatles of grunge, than Pearl Jam were the Rolling Stones.The band that was originally named Mookie Blaylock, would be the largest beneficiary of the grunge movement, and of the genre easily the most principled.  Perhaps the embodiment of American music for decades, Pearl Jam would become a huge band, but arguably could have been more successful had they “played by the rules”.

15. Tupac Shakur

15. Tupac Shakur
It is a sad reality that an early death can make a star into a legend, and in the case of 2pac, he turned into a martyr.Love him or hate him, 2pac would become the face of Gangsta Rap and did so not only as a rapper, but also as a very solid actor.  The man born Tupac Shakur, would emerge from being a back-up dancer for the Digital Underground would became the voice of the East Coast Gangsta lifestyle and spent as much time in jail as he did in the recording studio.  

154. Grand Funk Railroad

154. Grand Funk Railroad
Critically despised? Check! Played very little today on Classic Rock stations? Check! Sold out arenas in their day? Check! Sold a lot of platinum records? Check! Confused? Meet the Hard Rock enigma known as Grand Funk Railroad.   In an era where a lot of music was becoming bloated and a movement was afoot to strip it down, Grand Funk Railroad seemed to appeal to neither set. At their root, they were a basic Blues Rock band that sung simple songs that appealed to a blue collar demographic. The critics despised them, but that did not stop them from selling millions of records and selling out multiple venues. Their biggest song and eventual mantra “We’re an American Band” was their greatest label and their biggest curse. To their fans they are a great American Rock band, though they did so at a time when that wasn’t necessarily cool. They have the success, but their lack of critical respect will likely keep them out.         The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1994   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Flint, MI)   Why They Will Get In: If they go by pure success, they have a shot.   Why They Won’t Get In: They were critically despised then, and they are critically despised now.   Nominated In: Never   Essential Albums: Grand Funk (1969) Closer to Home (1970) I Got a Name (1973) Shinin’ On (1974)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Inside Looking Out (From Grand Funk, 1969) I’m Your Captain (From Closer to Home, 1970) Creepin (From We’re an American Band, 1973) We’re an American Band (From We’re an American Band, 1973) Shinin’ On (From Shinin’ On, 1974)   www.grandfunkrailroad.com {acepolls 193}

99. The Go-Go’s

99. The Go-Go’s
Historically speaking, Music of all genres is full of all male bands. Sure, there was the occasional female lead singer or two, but generally, it did not get much further than that. That ceiling was forever broken in 1981, when the Go-Go’s topped the charts becoming the first all female band that wrote their own songs and played their own instruments. Seriously, it took until 1981 for that to happen. Originally a Punk band, the California quintet shifted their focus to the burgeoning New Wave sound. The move proved to be fruitful as they quickly caught on with listeners who embraced their fun party music which was among the more popular of the first half of the 80’s. They broke up in 1985, and after a few reunions they never did come close to matching their earlier success. Regardless, by showing the world that an all woman outfit could be successful and breaking down the gender barrier in music they are far more influential than one would realize. The Bullet Points: Previous Rank: 2010: #75 Eligible Since: 2005 Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Los Angeles, CA) Why They Will Get In: Their gender works in their favor here. Why They Won’t Get In: They are dismissed as fluff by many. Nominated In: Never Essential Albums: Beauty and the Beat (1981) Vacation (1982) Talk Show (1984) Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: We Got the Beat (From Beauty and the Beat, 1981) This Town (From Beauty and the Beat, 1981) Our Lips are Sealed (From Beauty and the Beat, 1981) Vacation (From Vacation, 1982) Turn to You (From Talk Show, 1984) www.gogos.com {youtube}2RHTiXvELNg{/youtube} {youtube}f55KlPe81Yw{/youtube} {youtube}5OULlWNCqDQ{/youtube} {youtube}Hvg2Dcr7AFk{/youtube} {acepolls 93}

34. Janet Jackson

34. 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 status as the biggest female R&B star for fifteen years can not be overlooked. As a member of the famous Jackson clan and with Madonna’s recent induction, there are many signs pointing towards a spot in Cleveland for Janet Jackson. The Bullet Points: Previous Rank: 2010: #48 Eligible Since: 2007 Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Gary, IN) Why She Will Get In: She had major success and was the biggest female Pop/R&B star in the 80’s and 90’s. Why She Won’t Get In: Years after, she is STILL recovering from the Super Bowl incident. Nominated In: Never Essential Albums: Control (1986) Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989) janet. (1993) The Velvet Rope (1997) Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Control (From Control, 1986) Nasty (From Control, 1986) Black Cat (Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, 1989) That’s the Way Love Goes (From janet., 1993) All for You (From All for You, 2001)   www.janetjackson.com     {youtube}uh_gaaUiNs8{/youtube} {youtube}2b_KfAGiglc{/youtube} {youtube}J551f-TyqjY{/youtube} {youtube}BTSd4vqnMwo{/youtube}   {acepolls 53}

24. The Moody Blues

24. The Moody Blues
On the surface The Moody Blues appear to have a Hall worthy resume so when we initially put this list together it surprised us to find that they were not already inducted. As we learn more about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction practice it would now surprise us if they never got in.

26. Depeche Mode

26. Depeche Mode
Some of the artists on this list seemingly exploded out of the gate with an album that told you that they had the potential to be something special. In looking back at Depeche Mode, none of us in the NIHOF committee really thought that the band that gave us “Just Can’t Get Enough” would be a band that would have a potential Hall of Fame career.

25. Sonic Youth

25. Sonic Youth
Our next act is a band that will likely be beat out for induction by other 90’s Alternative acts, despite having a sound that wasn’t really like the bands they are often lumped with. Of course, it is really hard to categorize Sonic Youth with any other band, they were just that unique.

156. The Pointer Sisters

156. The Pointer Sisters
On the surface, casual observers of the Pointer Sisters may view them as group who had a few catchy hits in the early 80’s. Scratch a little deeper and you find a group with longevity that was able to succeed in multiple styles.   The Pointer Sisters could very well be the chameleons of the Pop world. They have been able to be successful in genres as diverse as Pop, Disco, Jazz, Soul, R&B, Country, Rock and Funk. Other artists have recorded in such vast multiple genres, but nobody was able to do as effortlessly and naturally. Regardless of what style the Pointer Sisters did, it felt as if that was what they were meant to sing. These factors make the Pointer Sisters much stronger candidates than at first glance, as they can represent multiple genres in a potential induction. Throw in the fact that they had a very long run, and a possibility that the Hall may look to push more female candidates and their chances only improve.         The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1998   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Oakland, CA)   Why They Will Get In: Their capability to crossover into multiple genres really helps them here.   Why They Won’t Get In: The Hall may look towards other girl groups ahead of them   Nominated In: Never   Essential Albums: Steppin’ (1975) Energy (1978) Special Things (1980) Break Out (1983)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: How Long (From Steppin’, 1975) Slow Hand (From Black & White, 1980) Jump For My Love (From Among the Living, 1983) Dare Me (From Contact, 1985) He Made Me Turn (From Serious Slammin’, 1988)   www.thepointersisters.com {acepolls 188}

12. Chicago

12. Chicago
Had we done this list with the criteria of chart success, Chicago would have easily been in our top ten. Having charted over multiple decades, Chicago has enjoyed a devoted following that few on this list can match. One has to wonder if the band was a little flashier, and the fans a little louder if it would not come as such a great shock as to the average music fan as to just how successful they were.